Forget New York City – “New Work City” boasts the largest office building in Germany. “The Squaire” is where modern business meets luxury lifestyle in the midst of cutting edge architecture.
Opened in 2011, The Squaire is located directly on top of a train station that adjoins Frankfurt Airport. The building boasts a length that is twice the height of the Eiffel Tower and 145,000 square metres of total floor area. Known as a 'groundscraper' due to its medium-rise design that spreads horizontally instead of vertically, it embodies the pursuit where buildings ‘communicate' with citizens and the street.
In addition to this, the 20,000 tonnes of steel, 60,000 cubic metres of concrete, 7000 doors, 2000 glass panes and 97 lifts and escalators make up the impressive mega-structure that is The Squaire.
Two sophisticated systems that are integral to the smooth functioning of the property are the drinking water installation and heating systems – no small feat considering they’re situated at the heart of Germany’s largest air travel hub.
Such a large-scale project can be a challenge – however Viega, a world leader in press-fit technology, has extensive experience in providing tailored, effective solutions for international facilities such as The Squaire.
One of the main considerations for such an establishment is that all systems need to cope with 24/7 demand 365 days a year, and be able to work alongside a number of other systems.
Viega’s Sanpress Inox stainless steel and Prestabo galvanised steel press-fit piping systems were utilised in the creation of heavy duty piping networks throughout the entire building – including offices, stores, restaurants, conference facilities, day-care centre and even doctors’ offices.
Viega is an industry leader in press-fit pipe technology which completely replacing the need for brazing or welding and allows Sanpress Inox joints to be completed in around three to seven seconds while eliminating heat, gas and flame from the worksite. This results in much improved worksite safety, massive savings in installation time, along with significant enhancements in joint performance and finish, which also reduces the risk, inconvenience and expense of call-backs.
An added advantage of Viega’s cold-pressing technology is that as the tube is not heated and annealed during the pressing process the tube maintains inherent strength compared with brazed/welded joints, therefore eliminating the most likely point and cause of failure.
Made from premium grade 316 stainless steel, the Sanpress Inox certified system also offers the patented Viega Smart Connect-Feature, which allows installers to quickly identify any un-pressed connection during a pressure test. The Viega cold pressing technology also enables fittings to be pressed without any time-consuming draining of lines.
Viega Sanpress Inox fittings can be installed directly on-site and under the most difficult conditions, such as in tight spaces, alongside other assembly sections, and by just one person using the purpose designed battery operated power tool and a range of pressing jaws to cater for pipes between 15 and 108mm OD.
This means the installation of extensive piping systems such as those inside The Squaire can be coordinated and completed with greater work safety, speed, cost efficiency and long-term reliability.