Berlin, 12 June 2019
The chairman of the construction committee at Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (SHF), Hans-Dieter Hegner, and the president of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR), Petra Wesseler, reported on the current status of construction today during a tour of the Humboldt Forum building site. Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), Anne Katrin Bohle, and Humboldt Forum director Hartmut Dorgerloh also participated in the tour. The BBR has been commissioned by SHF to carry out the construction work.
During the tour, the status of several aspects of the construction project was discussed. The upper storeys, including the building services section in the attic, are now structurally complete. Work on the exhibition architecture has started in some of the rooms dedicated to the museum exhibitions. The roof restaurant, which was begun at a later stage, is still under construction.
Building work is largely complete in the large foyer and the eighteen-metre-tall media tower has been installed. Additional construction work is still necessary on the ground floor and in the basement. Work on the floor of the pedestrian passageway is in progress. The facades of the Schlüterhof are still partly under scaffolding due to plastering work and other final tasks.
Currently, the main focus is on completing the building’s technical services. The majority of the services, especially on the upper floors, is already partly operational. However, some systems will need to be adapted after technical evaluation. For example, the central air-conditioning system is unlikely to be activated until late July 2019. SHF and BBR will ensure diligent compliance with all safety and quality requirements.
In the wake of an assessment of all technical processes ordered by the SHF, the chairman of the SHF’s construction committee, Mr Hegner, and the president of the BBR, Ms Wesseler, have announced that it would be unrealistic to expect the building to be fully operational by the end of 2019. Thus the stage-by-stage opening cannot begin until 2020. The BBR and the director of the SHF will present a new overall timetable to the SHF on 26 June 2019.
The competition for the construction project was held in 2008, followed by the planning stage. Construction commenced in June 2012, with work on the shell construction beginning in March 2013. Until spring 2018, the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees lay with the then Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). After the new government was formed in 2018, the chairmanship was transferred to the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). Until the building’s completion and handover, responsibility for the construction measures remains with the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI). Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss is the owner of the building.
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