When a building gets its roof, it is a very good sign that it is nearing completion. You can see the progress of construction work on the EUREF-Campus Düsseldorf every day. On 16 June, the topping-out ceremony was held for the “EUREF dome”, from which Günther Jauch once broadcast his Sunday talk show from the Schöneberg gasometer. In 2006, the replica of the dome that adorns the Reichstag building was created as an event location for the football World Cup. In 2009, the dome began its second life in the gasometer on the EUREF campus in Berlin and since this year it has been a central component of the large atrium on the Düsseldorf campus. What the atrium lacked until now was a roof.
It’s not just any roof, of course, but consists of seven steel beams manufactured by Franz Prebeck GmbH & Co. KG from the Bavarian town of Bogen. The length of the largest girder is approx. 52 metres. You can’t just put it on a lorry and take it to Düsseldorf. The girders were transported from Bogen to Düsseldorf by means of special transport over a distance of 680 kilometres through several federal states. This was a logistical challenge, simply because of the many different authorisations required by the individual federal states.
And since we are talking about superlatives, it should not go unmentioned that a 650-tonne crane from the manufacturer Schmidbauer, Kranverleih Colonia, was required to place the steel girders precisely above the dome.
Work on the EUREF-Campus Düsseldorf is continuing and we can already see what it will look like when it is finished.