The ALTANA Group recently announced that it has inaugurated an office building at its headquarters in Wesel, Germany, with a cutting-edge work environment. On two levels with a total area of around 3,000 sq m, workplaces are available for some 140 employees of ALTANA’s and its BYK division’s IT and digitalization departments. The company invested €9 million (approximately $10 million) in the new work environment.
ALTANA intends to use the new work environment to strengthen cooperation between the departments in the form of a competence center. In these offices, the ALTANA Group’s IT and digital projects are to be handled and promoted under one roof.
“We are offering our employees a highly modern work environment that enables and fosters simple and fast communication, optimal networking, flexible teamwork, and focused individual work,” said Stefan Genten, member of the management board. “In addition, with the new work environment we are enhancing our attractiveness as an employer, especially for highly qualified experts from the IT and digitization sectors.”
With the new building, ALTANA has created a barrier-free office environment with sun-protective glazing where many people can work in an open space in a generously planned area. According to the company, the way in which the individual elements of the office landscape are arranged ensures a particularly high acoustic standard and thus caters to concentrated work. The building is equipped with state-of-the-art telecommunications and IT technology, as well as electric height-adjustable desks, seating areas, conference booths, lounge-like relaxation areas, open bistro corners, and a garden.
ALTANA reports that mineral building and insulating materials were used in the construction of the new building. Highly efficient ceiling induction devices create a good climate, and the building’s heating and cooling are supplied directly via heating and cooling pipes from the adjacent production facility in Wesel. A ventilation system with heat recovery is also used. The building also offers covered bicycle parking spaces and charging sockets for electric cars.