2011

January
The most powerful wind power plant in Bavaria is going into operation on the Winnberg in the Neumarkt administrative district. The cooperation project with Windpower from Regensburg is, with a total height of 180 metres, the first 3 megawatt wind power plant in Bavaria. With a huge rotor diameter of 104 metres, the “Repower 3.4 M” harvests wind over 8,500 sqm, an area bigger than a football field. The power plant generates more than one third of the power consumption of the whole Sengenthal community. With the production of the high-precision concrete and steel segments of the hybrid tower in our precasting facility and the steel construction at Max Bögl in Sengenthal, logistics and assembly on site, as well as project development by local companies, approximately 50 % of the value added was generated in Bavaria.

 

February
Spectacular bridge construction in Sweden.
Over the course of the extension of the E4 from Myre to Skönsberg, the Sundsvall estuary near the seaport of the same name in the Gulf of Bothnia will be crossed by October 2014. The joint PBM venture with the participation of the Max Bögl Group received the contract for the construction of the 2.1 km long steel bridge. The construction works for the ambitious project about 400 km north of Stockholm will start in March 2011. A further technical highlight is the extensive foundation works for the bridge pillars in the estuary area. The double curvature of the Sundsvall Bridge is an enormous challenge for Max Bögl's the steel constructors. No single cross section is like any other, so each single steel component has to be produced individually and with the highest precision at the Sengenthal headquarters.

 

June
Make way for China’s super trains between Beijing and Shanghai.
The world's longest bullet train route in operation. The official inauguration of the longest and also fastest high-speed line in the world between Beijing and Shanghai was on 30th June 2011 – one day before the ceremonies for the 90th anniversary of the communist party. The 1,318 km long high-speed line between the two most important metropolises is China's third largest project after the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2010 Expo in Shanghai. More than 220 billion Yuan (about 24 billions Euro) were spent on the railway track, which halves the travel time between the capital and the harbour town in Eastern China from ten hours to less than 5 hours.

 

August
The Murrtal viaduct near Stuttgart is open for traffic.
Make way for daily 22,000 vehicles: A new age of modern bridge architecture has begun with the new construction of the Murrtal viaduct over the course of the 4-lane expansion of the federal highway 14 between Backnang and Winnenden in the Rems-Murr district. More than two years later, in the middle of August 2011, one of the most interesting road construction projects was opened for traffic – directed by the Stuttgart Regional Council. The 15 million Euro viaduct over the Murr valley replaces the existing post-war structure dating back to 1948/49, which was near to the limits of its capacity - due to the rising traffic load and despite extensive reconstruction measures.

 

August
Audi Dome – Munich‘s new basketball temple.
With a 78:73-victory over the Turkish masters Fenerbahce Istanbul, the basketball players of FC Bayern München moved into their new "living room" at the end of September, giving the Audi Dome with its 6,000 spectators a brilliant premiere. Erected as a multi-purpose hall for holding the basketball competition of the 1972 Summer Olympics, Munich's time-honoured Rudi-Sedlmayer Hall was converted into the new Audi Dome with just five months of construction time. As a first step, all fire protection and security systems, as well as the emergency exits, were updated to be state-of-the art. Furthermore, the entire mechanical services/building systems were totally modernized and likewise adapted to the required event guidelines, as were the workplaces and installations for the press and TV.

 

September
First training day at Max Bögl.
For the training day, a special Job-Check is programmed which, in accordance with young people's preferences, suggests possible occupations requiring training/apprenticeships with Max Bögl. The Job-Check helps to sort out the different possibilities for them. Following this, the interested teens could meet the trainer, and, particularly, the apprentices at their respective job stands. A video-application-box was set up for quick deciders, which was used very actively. "We have consciously decided that we will not only show the theory behind the different occupations, but also real life on this training day", Martina Bögl, head of personal development, explained. The extensive program not only contained theoretical lectures, but also many possibilities to get a real-life experience of the occupations: The young persons were able to drive a truck, control a digger and weld steel. The boys and girls were very fascinated. "We have never had so many convincing applications as this year", Martina Bögl said happily.

 

September
Construction of modern sporting venues in Poland and Romania.
Euro 2012 Stadium in Wroclaw – Poland's latest generation of stadiums.
Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw: Europe's newest stadium centrepiece and one of four venues for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. It impresses with its multi-functionality, its creative and technical competence and its maximum level of comfort and security. It was designed by the architects' office JSK Architekten, based in Düsseldorf, as a classic single-stand arena with a separate VIP box area. The new home of the Slask Wroclaw first-division was constructed by the Group of Companies in collaboration with Max Bögl Polska Sp. z.o.o. in less than 3 years. Since the inauguration on 10th September 2011 with the WBC heavyweight boxing match between Vitali Klitschko and Tomasz Adamek, the 43,000 capacity stadium is part of the new generation of stadiums which make football an attractive live experience.

 

September
National Stadium in Bucharest – a seething cauldron with 55,000 spectators.
Including comfortable VIP and business boxes, restaurants, conference rooms and an underground car park, the "Stadionul National Arena" in Bucharest represents another architectural milestone in European sporting venue construction. The 55,000 capacity national stadium is named after the discus-thrower and winner of the gold medal, Lia Manoliu, who died in 1998. It replaces the former stadium, which was built in 1953 and had absolutely no cover. This stadium was demolished in 2008. The inauguration was on 6th September 2011 with a qualifying match for the Euro 2012 between Romania and the joint favourite, France. The following matches will be in the world-class Romanian stadium: the national team's international matches, the annual finals of the cup and supercup in May 2012 and the final of the UEFA Europe League.

 

October
Work Safety Award 2011 – Concepts increase safety.
RWE called on its partner companies to submit their ideas on work safety for the first time in 2011. Work safety and health are a top priority at RWE. The numerous applications and the innovative concepts which its partner companies developed show that they treat RWE work safety rules seriously.

 

October
Opening of the new HDI-Gerling head office.
In a last major effort following completion of the new Talanx building, about 1,850 employees will move into the offices in the Lahe district at the end of October. Initially distributed across seven locations, the workforce, after mergers, is united in this modern 180-Million-Euro building. With six light-flooded floors plus an underground car park, the new building made of steel, concrete and glass stands in solitary splendour next to the original headquarters of the insurer HDI-Gerling, who belongs to the Talanx Group. In a construction time of about 22 months, Max Bögl realizes turnkey the first construction section of the representative insurance domicile according to plans of the architects' office Ingenhoven based in Düsseldorf. The centre of the office building, with about 30,000 sqm of office space and its finger-shaped office wings, is the atrium. Elegantly spanned by a glazed honeycomb ceiling made of steel, the “reception space” extends over the total height of the building of 26 metres, holding 1,500 visitors during events.

 

October
Opening of the Stuttgart public library.
As the first public building on the future "Mailänder Platz", the new public library opens its gates at the end of October 2011. Among the newly arising Europa district, the impressive cultural temple of Stuttgart presents itself to the visitor as an attractive meeting place of culture, reading and knowledge – with about 500,000 books, movies, works of art and electronic media in all European languages. The unique and impressive atmosphere inside the cubic building is evoked by its characteristic building shell. Max Bögl was commissioned to execute the shell construction. The exterior façade, planned as a double façade, consists of glass bricks and exposed concrete. In this way, covered walks were created on all nine floors, which do not only go around the building, but also lead to the light inside.

 

December
Opening of the Ratiopharm arena Ulm / Neu-Ulm.
With the ground breaking ceremony on 19.05.2010 the go-ahead is given for the cooperation project of the Max Bögl Group with the cities of Ulm and Neu-Ulm on the former funfair area. After only 19 months of construction, the Ratiopharm arena is officially opened on 09.12.2011. On that weekend, the opening ceremony, the first home match of the Ratiopharm Ulm basketball and a concert by Howard Carpendale lured more than 11,000 people into the new multi-functional hall.