Konrad Adenauer building gets go-ahead
(MiWa/CS) Following a stand-still at the construction site of the new Konrad Adenauer building in Kirchberg last year, Monday saw the official laying of the foundation stone.
Sustainability Minister Claude Wiseler and Vice President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal Quadras placed a symbolic foundation stone at the construction site in Kirchberg, giving the go-ahead for the 340-million euro project.
Construction will be carried out in two phases. The eastern wing of the building is set to be finished by 2016. The refurbishment of the existing Konrad Adenauer building meanwhile will be completed in 2018, if all goes to plan.
Initially, the east wing was meant to be completed by 2015. However, problems to find a contractor for the huge construction site led to delays and work came to a stand-still in May 2012.
The new structure will allow all institutions of the European Parliament to come together in one building, in a bid to streamline workflows, increase efficiency and cut costs.
The project is financed to 50 percent each by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and BGL BNP Paribas.
The building is set to become one of the biggest zero-energy offices in Europe, with room for nearly 3,000 members of staff. Photovoltaic panels, a geothermal heating system, triple glazed windows and other energy saving measures, such as using rain water in some sanitary facilities, will save around 2,500 tonnes of CO2 every year.
To limit the environmental impact of the construction site, the building will also feature trees and park areas to replace the greenery that had to be cut down to make way for the building.