A flagship project for Thun

Client RUAG Real Estate AG, Bern
Project managers Angela Mizrahi, Uta Sütterlin, Heini M. Bossert
Time frame 2011 – 2015
Site area 3 ha
Floor area 25,000 m2
Construction cost CHF 80 Million
  • Organization of a two-phase design-build competition with pre-qualification
  • Execution of the preliminary technical examination
  • Conducting market analysis, utilization strategy and feasibility calculations
  • Development of land-use plan
  • Client support and contract negotiations
  • Second Opinion and Review of Project Documentation

Based on the “Master plan RUAG, Kleine Allmend, Thun” from 2011 the RUAG wants to concentrate its office spaces on plot number B3, in the western part of the site. The project has to include 1,000 workplaces and serve as the initial spark for the development of the new business park.

To obtain early cost, schedule and quality assurance, we organized a design-build competition. After the anonymous pre-qualification process, six general contractors were selected to submit urban-design concepts for the entire site. After a further selection process three teams were chosen to submit a detailed design for an office complex on the site, including cost calculations and project schedule. The project „Weitsicht“ by Halter and Bauart Architekten was selected as the winner oft he competition.

To develop the winning project further and to provide the necessary legal framework to receive a building permit, we drafted the land-use plan. In an intense, interactive process we defined the parameters, such as building height, setbacks, green spaces, uses and traffic patterns.

A second opinion report and reviews oft he project documentation were necessary to present an objective assessment of the winning project and to ensure compliance to the agreed upon standard of quality, user requirements and scope of work. We evaluated the feasibility and profitability, conducted market research and prepared a utilization strategy.