Construction Starts on Logistics Cluster Building
In May 2012, construction has started on one of the largest buildings of the Logistics research cluster on the new RWTH Aachen Campus research park. The first building complex, which has a total floor space of 14,000 square meters, is expected to be completed by the spring of 2013.
FIR, the Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen University, is the managing institution of the new research cluster and the proprietor of 4,000 m2 floor space.
In a European-wide selection process, ante4C GmbH, a consortium between the German Landmarken AG and the Dutch CZP Investments B.V., was chosen as an investor for the remaining 10,000 qm of floor space.
The new building has been designed by the high profile architects Meyer & van Schooten, Amsterdam; building contractor is the Aachen company Nesseler Grünzig. The overall capital expenditure amounts to 21 million Euros.
The Logistics Cluster - Aims and Partners
In the Logistics Cluster, major manufacturing companies will collaborate with providers of industrial services and IT solutions on current research projects. Participating businesses and research institutions include Trovarit AG, RWTH’s y for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH, PSI Metals Non Ferrous GmbH /PSI Metals GmbH, RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH, Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung, and the RWTH Human Computer Interaction Center (HCIC).
Initially, 350 employees will be working at the Cluster. 116 new positions have been created, and further new job positions are planned for the near future.
The cluster will include offices, labs, as well as plants and assembly shops; further, there will be spaces for shops, restaurants, and service providers. Outdoor facilities include the “Agora,” a meeting space for cluster members that features a water basin and that is to provide a space for relaxation and a forum for informal exchange. The new 6-floor building has a glass atrium at its centre.
The heart of the cluster is the so-called Enterprise Integration Center (EICe), consisting of innovation labs, a theme park, a demonstrator plant, and several event spaces.
The entire building has a transparent design, so that the demonstrator plant and the research labs can be viewed from outside. Any modifications in the production process can be directly represented and tested in the innovation labs. The aim is to make logistical effects graspable in production and IT environments that are approximating real world conditions; new developments are to be be tested right away for feasibility and marketability.
Among the key values of the new cluster, as represented in the cluster building, are communication, transparency, and interaction.