The new Siemens Campus in Zug, SwitzerlandHeadquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Smart Infrastructure at Siemens intelligently connects energy systems, buildings and industries, enhancing the way we live and work to significantly improve efficiency and sustainability. Creating environments that care. This is our motivation for what we do. We change buildings from static, inactive objects to responsive and reactive one’s – able to care for the people who use them and respect the world around them. The headquarter of Smart Infrastructure at Siemens is a showcase for what buildings make possible today.
In May 2016, construction works started on the new Siemens Campus in Zug. From the beginning it was clear that the consolidated site and the new buildings would have to contribute to Siemens’ overall goal to become climate neutral by 2030. Furthermore, aside from being an example of best environmental practice, the campus would also be a technological beacon. And if that isn’t enough, the company also wanted to create a space that could be adapted to new forms of work.
Next to the new campus building measuring 18,400 m2 over seven stories is a new three-story-high production hall. From 2021 on, an existing office building at the site will also be refurbished.
Efficient heat pumps and water from Lake Zug are used for cooling and heating of the building and photovoltaic installations provide electricity, with vegetated rooftops providing an extra layer of insulation. Optimal room comfort is ensured with advanced cooling and space conditioning capacities and LED lighting solutions. An integrated building automation system including energy optimization based on Desigo CC integrated building management platform has also been installed. Additionally, a sustainable waste management concept has been created for the entire campus.
The open office landscape supports mobile and activity-based working and provides several areas for employees to choose for their task at hand. With the support of the workplace solution app Comfy, employees can adjust the temperature and lighting and book rooms for spontaneous meetings on the spot. Additionally, they are able to send work requests in case of problems or malfunctions to the facility managers directly. The connection between employees and technology helps to monitor zone performance and optimize processes, layouts and occupancy – adding value to people and business with smart office solutions.
As a model of technology, the campus is one of the first Siemens construction projects to use Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM is based on a digital twin of the site. Among others it simulates the course of a construction project and uses data to measure and improve processes. While the initial planning effort is greater with BIM, implementation on the construction site is smoother because BIM provides for maximum coordination. The digital data created with BIM was even employed to give virtual tours through the site using virtual reality goggles. Since the reconstructed campus open its doors in mid-2018, the BIM data is being used for building maintenance.
The latest products for ventilation and heating control, video surveillance and fire protection were installed in the new control center – with space for additional installations. That way, Siemens Smart Infrastructure will also be able to install even newer products and test them during operation.
The campus is a showcase on what buildings make possible with BIM, fire detection, access and intrusion control, CCTV, CO detection, extinguishing, voice evacuation, HVAC automation, room automation and CPS field devices.
LEED Platinum has been issued for the office building and LEED Gold for the production building. And both buildings have earned the Swiss Minergie label that focuses on the building shell and energy consumption.
And enabling the employees not only to work in a new environment, but also work in an environment that intelligently responds to their needs.