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Ground-breaking Ceremony Marks Start of Huber Expansion
Dec 10 2019 Read 639 Times
On 4 December Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau AG marked the official start of construction for another expansion of its headquarters in Offenburg-Elgersweier with a ground-breaking ceremony. Having recently completed the new administration building, the family business is now investing in expanding its production capacity thanks to stable growth. Architect Wilhelm Kasten and Kenzingen-based Freyler Industriebau will be handling the construction and design of the new building. A 4,500 m² production hall and 600 m² of additional office and social space are planned. Completion is scheduled for spring 2021.
Huber Kältemaschinenbau is one of the leading providers of high-precision temperature control solutions for use in research and industry. At the Tango factory headquarters in Offenburg, the family company currently employs about 360 people. The successful SME's developments have been honoured several times as TOP 100 Innovator and as Innovator of the Year.
"It shows that our strategic orientation and specialisation in our core competency for high-precision temperature control technology have been right. We are investing heavily in basic research in our field, for example with the Universities of Offenburg and Karlsruhe," Daniel Huber commented.
"With our products, we are an ecological pioneer in environmental protection," Joachim Huber added. "In addition to refrigeration, we also organise our business processes from the purchase of goods to production as environmentally friendly and as resource-efficient as possible." Numerous energy-saving measures have already been implemented at the Offenburg Tango Factory.
The new building will be in no way inferior to this: the large windows will be triple-glazed and the building envelope provided with a high-performance insulation. Environmentally-friendly heating will take place via a vacuum and sump well system, which uses near-surface groundwater to recover heat and later return it to the natural cycle after a part of the heat energy has been extracted. This process is combined with activating a concrete core to store the heat. Controlled ventilation also reduces energy losses. Electricity is generated by a photovoltaic system on the roof of the building. "By doing this, we are not only fulfilling our environmental responsibility with our products, but also embodying them in our company buildings," Daniel Huber said.
The new building will blend well into the line of existing buildings. Alone, the transparent façade will be a visual eye-catcher and the green roof will meet all environmental requirements. The hall building will be built using a slim, wide-span steel structure, something where Freyler can contribute its own particular expertise.
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