Schindler was founded more than 140 years ago in Switzerland and is still firmly anchored in Ebikon today. In addition to worldwide investments in the renewal of the global production chain, over CHF 130 million has been invested in recent years in the renovation and new construction of the campus in Ebikon. Schindler is thus clearly committed to the location where the old headquarters and factory were built around 60 years ago.
State-of-the-art workplaces thanks to the new office concept
With the move into the new building, a new era begins for the corporate staff. Transparent and modern open-space offices, meeting rooms designed according to themes (e.g. forest, water, air or mountains), individual collaboration zones and creative lounges as well as a multitude of unconventional co-working possibilities now offer plenty of space for approximately 280 employees in the company headquarters.
"Most importantly for us was to offer our employees an innovative and creative workplace. We want them to feel comfortable and at the same time find the freedom they need to develop," says Thomas Oetterli, CEO of Schindler.
LEED Gold certificate is being sought
The new corporate headquarters - as well as the Visitor Center, which is still under construction, and the staff restaurant - are characterized by sustainable planning by architects Burckhardt + Partner from Basel.
From energy management and water consumption to the building materials used and building technology - everything was planned and implemented in such a way as to conserve resources so that the building will be one of the first in Central Switzerland to receive a LEED Gold certification. LEED is the world's best-known building rating system and recognizes buildings that have been developed, planned and realized according to measurably sustainable criteria.
For example, more than 1,700 photovoltaic modules will ensure that 50% of the electricity required for the new buildings is generated from locally produced renewable energy. This corresponds to an annual energy requirement of 100 households. In a next step, Schindler will open its new staff restaurant and cafeteria with an outdoor terrace in March 2019. With the opening of the Visitor Center, the campus will be completed in late summer 2019.