A multifunctional research institute
Fraunhofer Institute Center Stuttgart (DE)
Thanks to the new building designed by the Berlin-based architecture firm Hascher Jehle, the Fraunhofer Institute now houses laboratory, office and conference facilities under one roof.
With a total of 69 institutes, the Fraunhofer Society is the largest German research organisation. It carries out research and development work in many fields for the public and private sector. The main business segments at the Stuttgart site are the automotive as well as the mechanical and plant engineering fields, with projects in the areas of medical technology and pharmaceutics also part of the researchers’ day-to-day business.
High pipe density
The new Fraunhofer Institute Center Stuttgart’s building sees the Fraunhofer Society restructure the campus to over 60,000 square metres. The goal of the Stuttgart campus redesign is to link the different research areas more closely together. When planning the new building, special attention was paid to the technical infrastructure. As the building is designed for so many completely different fields of activity, planning the supply systems posed some special challenges in particular.
«Given the laboratory situation, we have to deal with a large number of pipes on every floor, both for potable water and for other media.»
Klaus Hagmaier, planner
A reliable system
In addition to cold potable water, service and osmosis water as well as other laboratory media are also transported through the six floors to the points of use in the institute building. The quality of the piping systems has top priority, particularly in sensitive fields of application such as chemistry and pharmaceutics. Thanks to its exceptional hygienic properties, Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel is perfect for implementing a complex supply system.
In just under half a year, the plumbers pressed a total of 3,538 metres of Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel for potable water and other laboratory media. The benefits of pressed joints are particular crucial in facilities of this size, with installation carried out reliably, professionally and quickly even in confined spaces.
«Pressing saves a lot of time, particularly in projects with a high density of pipe joints.»
Rene Fauska from Heima, a company specialised in SHK