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M+W Group and Züblin celebrate topping-out ceremony at high-performance data centre in Biere

M+W Group and Züblin celebrate topping-out ceremony at high-performance data centre in Biere

Construction of Germany’s largest data centre for cloud computing services is on schedule

The high-performance data centre in Biere, currently being built by a joint venture (JV) consisting of global EPC company M+W Group and construction group Ed. Züblin AG in the role of general contractor, is well on schedule. It took just eight months of construction to complete the main structure of the multi-storey building, which tenant T-Systems International GmbH will put into operation next year.

Even the rough winter and the hundred-year floods of the past few weeks were unable to jeopardise the construction works on the new data centre campus in Biere in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. Today, after just eight months of construction and in the presence of all construction participants, the topping-out wreath was hoisted on schedule above the completed main structure of the building. Since the laying of the cornerstone in autumn 2012, around 140,000 m³ of earth have been moved and 22,000 m³ of concrete and 2,700 t of reinforcement steel have gone into the building.

The topping-out ceremony also marked the official start of the interior works, which are already underway. The space set aside for IT alone will amount to about 3,600 m². Getting the most out of this space will require the laying of approximately 6 km of cable paths, 100 km of cable, 20 km of pipes for heating and cooling, 2,600 m² of ventilation ducts and 3,400 m² of conduit ventilation.

Together with the expansion of the data centre in Magdeburg (with approx. 1,800 m² of IT space), which is also being realised by the JV, the new building will form part of a twin-core facility, a high-security twin data centre. Data centres of this kind secure all programmes and data in parallel. In case of an incident at one facility, the twin can immediately stand in for the other without any interruption of service. An incident would therefore be without consequences for the user, which represents an invaluable advantage for the growing number of IT business clients who use cloud applications and depend on data protection and reliable back-ups.

All this is thanks to the approximately 420 construction workers, architects and engineers at work on the construction site. The JV is responsible for the complete construction planning, the materials purchasing, as well as the turnkey construction and technical fittings of the building including energy supply. With a total usable area of 33,000 m² upon completion, the twin-core facility in Biere will be perfectly prepared for the future as Germany’s largest data centre operated by an IT service provider.

The project will also set benchmarks in terms of sustainability: M+W Group and Züblin are pursuing LEED gold standard certification for the project as awarded by the U.S Green Building Council. It defines the exact standards for the site concept, water and energy use, construction materials and environmentally friendly interiors. With a PUE rating (power usage effectiveness) of less than 1.3, the new data centre in Biere will be one of the most energy-efficient in its class.

About M+W Group ( M+W Group is the leading global engineering, construction and project management company in the fields of Advanced Technology Facilities, Life Science & Chemicals, Energy & Environment Technologies and High-Tech Infrastructure. From concept development to turnkey services the company manages projects of all sizes ensuring rapid realization, high quality standards and cost-effective completion. With its competence to link process and automation technologies and complex facilities to integrated solutions M+W Group primarily focuses on leading companies in the fields of electronics, photovoltaics, life science, chemicals, energy, automotive, security, IT and communication, as well as research institutes and universities. M+W Group GmbH is the holding company with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2012 the company generated an order intake of 3.58 billion euros and revenues of 2.38 billion euros with 7,700 employees. In 2012 M+W Group also celebrated its 100th anniversary.
M+W Group is owned by the Austrian Stumpf Group that is globally successful in the areas of High-Tech Engineering, Smart & Renewable Energy, Real Estate and Technology Investments.

Stuttgart-based Ed. Züblin AG employs about 13,500 employees and, with an annual output of about 3 billion €, is one of Germany’s leading construction companies. Since it was founded in 1898, Züblin has been successfully realising challenging construction projects in Germany and abroad and is the number one in the German building construction and civil engineering segment. The range of services comprises all construction-related tasks – from civil engineering, bridge building or tunnelling to complex turnkey construction and public-private partnerships. The company’s current construction projects include the European Central Bank and TaunusTurm in Frankfurt, Milaneo in Stuttgart and the second section of the Jena University Hospital. More information is available at

Michael Gemeinhardt
M+W Group GmbH
Telephone: +49 (0)711 8804-1420
E-mail: Michael.Gemeinhardt(at)

Birgit Kümmel
Ed. Züblin AG
Telephone: +49 (0)221 824-2480
E-Mail: presse(at)