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Swiss Post headquarters receives highest-level sustainability certificate
Swiss Post today officially opens its new headquarters in the WankdorfCity district of Berne together with Swiss Prime Site, the company that owns the property. The MINERGIE-compliant building is the first office building in Switzerland to receive the international DGNB certificate in gold, which in Switzerland is issued by the Swiss Sustainable Building Council (Schweizer Gesellschaft für Nachhaltige Immobilienwirtschaft, SGNI). This certificate shows that the new building fulfils the highest level of sustainability requirements. The building also provides space for around 2,000 employees with its multifunctional working environment.
Susanne Ruoff, CEO of Swiss Post, and Markus Graf, CEO of the real estate investment company Swiss Prime Site, are officially opening the new Swiss Post headquarters today with a number of representatives from business and politics in attendance. Swiss Post is relocating to the building as a tenant, bringing six different locations in Berne under one roof to optimize its use of office space. The majority of staff have already relocated and the move should be completed by late autumn 2016. Just under 2,000 employees will then be working in the new headquarters.
Sustainable down to the last detail
In addition to the MINERGIE standard, the total contractor Losinger Marazzi focused on the German Sustainable Building Council’s internationally established DGNB quality label when developing and constructing the building. The DGNB system has been adapted for use in Switzerland by the Swiss Sustainable Building Council and assesses buildings and urban neighbourhoods that fulfil the broad sustainability criteria. As well as ecological and economic guidelines, these criteria assess technical, functional and social aspects, and planning, construction and implementation processes. After completing the assessment, the building received the highest possible award: a DGNB certificate in gold. This reflects Swiss Post’s and Swiss Prime Site’s commitment to using resources in a sustainable manner.
Sustainability even extends to employee mobility at the new Swiss Post headquarters: ten electric and hybrid vehicles with mobility technology have been provided to staff for business trips some distance from the office. Staff can also get to external meetings close to the headquarters quickly using Swiss Post’s e-bikes and bicycles or the PubliBike station, which is accessible to the public. The headquarters are also very easy to reach by public transport with over 30 connections per hour.
More efficient collaboration thanks to flexible working environment
Swiss Post staff can work anywhere in the building with their laptop and choose the appropriate workspace for any given task. Desk sharing enables better use of workspaces and is more cost-efficient. With its new working environment and the relevant resources, Swiss Post wants to promote flexible working methods that strengthen its staff’s mobility and networking capacity and make collaboration simpler.
You can find pictures of the new Swiss Post headquarters here
Swiss Prime Site AG
Swiss Prime Site AG is Switzerland’s leading listed real estate investment company.
Its portfolio is valued at CHF 9.8 billion and comprises first-class, high-quality properties in prime locations, which mainly feature office space and sales areas. The Real Estate segment consists of real estate investments coupled with the real estate services provided by subsidiary Wincasa AG. The Retail and Gastronomy segment primarily comprises Jelmoli – The House of Brands department store and Clouds Restaurant in Prime Tower, Zurich (until mid-2015). The Assisted Living segment encompasses the senior residences and care facilities provided by Tertianum Group.
Swiss Prime Site is known for its experienced management team, stable earning power and excellent risk/return profile. The company has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 2000 and had a market capitalization of CHF 5.4 billion as at 31 March 2015.
SIX Swiss Exchange / Symbol: SPSN / Securities number: 803 838
Losinger Marazzi AG
Losinger Marazzi SA/AG is a leading company acting as a developer in real estate and eco-neighbourhoods, full-service and total contractor in Switzerland. The company develops comprehensive, innovative solutions in financing, design and construction. With a workforce of 800 people, Losinger Marazzi SA/AG achieves a yearly turnover of approximately CHF 800 million. Being part of Bouygues Construction, the company thus combines the strength of an international Group with the flexibility of a local organisation.
As a pioneer in sustainable construction, Losinger Marazzi SA/AG meets the standards of environmental certifi-cates for over 95 percent of its project developments. The company currently develops and builds the first “2000-Watt-Sites” of Switzerland: Greencity in Zurich, Erlenmatt West in Basel and Im Lenz in Lenzburg – awarded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Through sustainable construction, the company is in a position to provide efficient ecological and economical solutions for the entire life cycle of a building. With its customers, Losinger Marazzi SA/AG envisions and constructs a life that is more harmonious and more considerate of the well-being of everyone.
As a diversified company, Swiss Post operates in the communication, logistics, retail financial and passenger transport markets. Within the communication market, its services include delivery of letters and newspapers, direct marketing, and information and document solutions. In logistics, it operates in Switzerland and interna-tionally as a parcels, courier and express service provider, and provides tailored and comprehensive logistics solutions. In retail finance its subsidiary PostFinance Ltd offers extensive services for payment transactions, savings, investments, retirement planning and financing solutions, and has had a banking licence since 2013. In the public passenger transport market its subsidiary PostBus Switzerland Ltd operates regional, municipal and urban bus services, and also develops value-added system and mobility management services. Swiss Post operates in approximately 25 countries. The company employs more than 62,000 members of staff worldwide and generated turnover of over CHF 8.4 billion in 2014.