Client, architect, and mayor (from left): Aesculap board members Joachim Schulz and Hanns-Peter Knaebel, Manuel Schupp, board member Harald Stallforth, mayor Michael Beck, controller Rino Woyczyk. (Picture: Aesculap)

Tuttlingen: Foundation Stone for Aesculap Innovation Factory layed


Last Monday, the laying of the foundation stone for the "Aesculap Innovation Factory" took place in the Southern German town of Tuttlingen (we reported earlier). By the end of 2014, up to 600 people will work there for Aesculap, who specialize in medical technology. Manuel Schupp and Michael Beck, the city’s mayor, were joined in the ceremonial by three members of the company board.


Inside the foundation stone symbolic contemporary documents will be preserved: construction drawings, newspapers, Euro coins, and a notebook in Wilford Schupp’s office colours, purple and orange. The notebook reports on key project data, like sketches, the design principles, and characteristics of the factory building.


The title "Innovation Factory" was suggested by the staff and refers to the company's innovative products and production processes. The building will live up to its name, as a range of measures has been taken to make it environmentally friendly:


- stacking of production areas accounts for limited size development sites

- special noise insulation systems reduce the impact of noise emissions on the environment

- use of energy-efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration

- a combined heat and power system (CHP) will be put into operation

- advanced integrated energy concept


After completion, the building is due to be certified by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).