Foundation stone with mask

The laying of the foundation stone on 26 October marked the start of structural engineering work for the new administration building on Industriestrasse in Thun.
«To build or not to build?» – in reference to the famous Shakespeare quote, Thun’s head of building Konrad Hädener explained in his speech the interim considerations of the building owner. During the pandemic, decentralised work in the home office had also proven its worth for administrative staff and initiated a rethink in space and location planning. Nevertheless, with the approval of the electorate, the decision was made to realise the extension. The expected population growth will cause an increasing administrative burden, and the infrastructure of the municipal authorities is already reaching its limits. In addition, it is important to position the city administration as an attractive employer. The new building on Industriestrasse will certainly make an important contribution to this with its modern rooms and flexible usage options.

The new part of the building will have 70 to 80 office spaces with meeting rooms, a seminar room and a cafeteria. The new site is scheduled to go into operation in spring 2023. Lüchinger+Meyer has been supporting the realisation of the project alongside the Biel architects from :mlzd since the competition success in the area of structural and façade planning. Participating in the symbolic act of laying the foundation stone and meeting those responsible and involved was of course a pleasing matter for us. While the project is very digitally oriented through the application of BIM methodology in construction planning and execution, the time capsule that was buried on the occasion was very analogue. Besides the project plans of the building, it contains, among other things, a newspaper, coins and – as the most important witness of the time – a hygienic mask.

(Photos: Patrick Liechti, Marianne Müller)