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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

Bosch Engineering Unveils New Campus in Holzkirchen

Since work commenced in August 2019, the project to build a new Bosch campus in Holzkirchen, south of Munich, has involved:

  • The excavation of 60,000 cubic meters of earth.

  • Installing 3,000 metric tons of steel.

  • The mobilization of four giant cranes.

At peak times, there were as many as 150 construction workers on site. Representatives from Bosch Engineering and ITK Engineering have now gathered on July 12 to unveil the new development campus. Offering 17,000 square meters of state-of-the-art lab and office space, the three-story building will in the medium term accommodate up to 900 associates. Bosch Engineering and ITK Engineering offer innovative development services in the automotive, off-highway, rail engineering, and medical systems sectors. The new location’s defining characteristic is its campus atmosphere, providing an ultramodern and creative working environment that offers freedom for innovation and flexibility while promoting close and practical cooperation with external partners. For both companies, it is their second-largest corporate location, topped only by their headquarters in Ruelzheim and Abstatt, respectively.

A milestone of future engineering

“We are delighted to have completed construction,” says site manager Jens Hofmann. “We now have a new and attractive state-of-the-art workspace for around 500 associates.” An initial cohort of this workforce has already relocated.

The building has various lab facilities in the basement. There is a health and relaxation zone, a café, a staff restaurant, and a customer-meeting zone on the first floor. Above, Bosch Engineering associates have offices on the second floor, and ITK Engineering associates on the third.

“This expansion marks a further milestone in our drive to strengthen and increase our development and engineering competence,” says Dr Johannes-Jörg Rüger, managing director of Bosch Engineering. “All the activities at this location are in fast-growing, future-oriented fields, which is why the expansion represents a long-term investment in the company’s future and our innovative power.”

Frank Schmidt, managing director of ITK Engineering, adds: “The new Holzkirchen campus gives us the ideal environment to set new standards as an international development partner in software and system development. Furthermore, the Munich metropolitan region provides us with great opportunities to connect with partners and thereby advance the technology we need to build the future of automated driving, electromobility, Industry 4.0, rail engineering, and medical systems.”

Next to the building is a parking garage with space for around 800 vehicles and around 150 bicycles and charging stations for as many as 50 electric vehicles and e-bikes.

The Holzkirchen campus provides both companies with much more than just a new development location. “We want to provide our associates with a place where they can work in what is an optimal environment for them, depending on the type of task or project they’re currently involved in,” Hofmann says. “This means a choice of quiet areas for individual working, attractive spaces for creative tasks, and our state-of-the-art lab facilities.” The idea is to encourage both creativity and productivity. Behind this versatile workspace is the Smart Work concept that Bosch has already implemented at other of its locations. This encourages a new and modern style of cooperation, marrying the best of both worlds through a smart mix of on-site and off-site working. Associates are therefore free to organize their working day. What counts, in the end, is what this work delivers.

A key characteristic of the campus concept is its connectivity with the outside world. “We want to create a place where people from Bosch, ITK Engineering, and the world outside can meet and work together,” Hofmann explains. In the future, the campus will stage, for example, networking events with other companies and also open its doors to visits from the general public.

Climate neutrality and energy efficiency

Both the campus building and the parking garage have been designed on the basis of environmental and sustainable principles. Installed on both roof surfaces is a photovoltaic system with a combined kilowatt-peak rating of approximately 550 kWp. Heat pumps cover the cooling requirements for lab facilities and test benches all year around, with the waste heat this produces being used to generate hot water and to heat the buildings. This eliminates around 650 MWh respectively 120 metric tons of carbon emissions gas consumption per year. The project also features further state-of-the-art measures to enhance energy efficiency, including reduced and optimized operating temperatures, LED lighting, heat-recovery systems, and intelligent lighting and ventilation control. In the mid-term, Holzkirchen will also reduce carbon emissions by using deep geothermal energy produced by local utility Gemeindewerke Holzkirchen. This will cut gas consumption by around 880 Mwh/a respectively some 150 metric tons of carbon emissions a year for the entire Bosch location in Holzkirchen. In total, these measures mean that the Holzkirchen campus will operate without the use of fossil fuels.

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