State Secretary Barbro Dreher emphasized in her welcoming speech: “I am pleased that Europacity is taking shape more and more. This quarter is emblematic of the impressive economic development of our city in recent years. Like KPMG, numerous international companies have already settled here. But space has also been created for somewhat smaller local or regional businesses and, above all, for the housing that is so urgently needed in Berlin. Berlin needs precisely such places to remain attractive in the future for companies and their employees, as well as for our citizens.”
Andreas Quint, CEO of CA Immo, adds: “The Berlin office property market is one of the most attractive rental and investment markets in Germany. At the same time, however, it is becoming clear, especially in the current period, that the central location and high quality of buildings are decisively important in this respect. As a company, we want to and will make our contribution in the transition to what we see as a sustainable economy without alternatives. That’s why we at CA Immo pay close attention to both sustainable, innovative construction methods and resource-efficient operation of our buildings. We are pleased to have found a tenant for this building in KPMG who shares these values.”
Michael Salcher, Regional Director East of KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft: “Europacity is already quite familiar to us as a location. As an international consulting firm, we want to create a campus for our employees and clients in this central location in the middle of Berlin, which features excellent transport connections and an overall modern and high-quality environment. As part of our efforts to consolidate all our activities at Europaplatz, we were able to move into two neighboring buildings, also developed by CA Immo, a few years ago. CA Immo has proven to be an excellent partner to implement our sophisticated and modern office concepts.”
KPMG will move into the new building starting in 2024 and set up its new Berlin headquarters here. In March 2018, the company had already moved into the neighboring building with around 13,000 m² at Heidestrasse 58, which was also built and rented by CA Immo. In 2019, KPMG also moved into around 2,800 m² of leasable space in the office building at the Kunstcampus, which was developed not far away by CA Immo.
Focus on sustainability
Like all CA Immo building developments, this building is being realized in compliance with strict sustainability criteria. Efforts are focused not only on energy-optimized and resource-saving operation, but also on making the construction process as sustainable as possible. The building’s carbon footprint over its entire life cycle was optimized with the help of a life cycle analysis and will result in a carbon footprint that is approximately 15 percent below the current recommendations of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). At around 15 percent, the building also falls well short of the statutory requirements for primary energy consumption during subsequent operation, making it a near-zero energy building according to the EU Commission’s definition. In fact, the CO2 emissions projected for building operations will be nearly 40% below the current reference value. After completion of the building, CA Immo will have a sustainability certification carried out according to DGNB. This project is aiming for at least one Gold certificate. Currently, around 74 percent of all CA Immo office buildings already have a sustainability certificate.
Designed by Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten (Munich), the high-rise building with its approximately 84-meter-high tower and 4-6-story base structure creates an urban accent that is visible from afar on the north side of Berlin Central Station. The building extends over a total of 22 floors and was designed according to KPMG’s needs. In addition to the office floors, it will have a modern conference center and a cafeteria for employees: the “Sky Deli” on the top floor of the building. In addition, employees have access to two roof terraces on the roof of the base building. On the first floor, a spacious lobby with a multi-level atrium as well as a restaurant that is also open to the public invites both visitors and employees of KPMG.
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