The Lucerne government has awarded Losinger Marazzi AG from the city of Lucerne the task of planning and realizing the central administration building on Seetalplatz. The “Metropol” project is expected to cost 135 million francs.
“Metropol” will have nine floors, will offer almost 1,000 workplaces, 100 parking spaces, a restaurant with 425 seats, various shops, a daycare center – and a police station with around 20 officers will also be built on the 30,000 square meter area. The central administration building on Seetalplatz in Emmen is a building that will shape the area just because of its dimensions.
However, there are still a few hurdles to be overcome before the building, which has been realized by the general contractor Losinger Marazzi AG and has its headquarters in Bern and is located in Lucerne, is ready to move into. The first thing to do is to give the cantonal council its blessing – next spring. The referendum is planned for autumn 2021, followed by the building permit procedure the following year. The excavators are due to open in 2022 so that the administration center, which costs 135 million francs, can be moved into in 2025.
The Canton of Lucerne saves 7.7 million francs a year
The total costs, including the acquisition of land, amount to 160 million. This corresponds to the amounts that the government named in its message on the project loan in summer 2016. With the consolidation of a large part of the cantonal core administration, more than 30 locations will be available in the city of Lucerne that can be used as apartments or offices. Together with synergy effects, the canton of Lucerne saves 7.7 million francs annually, as District President and Finance Director Reto Wyss explained on Tuesday at the presentation of the winning project.
The government councilors and the closest staff members will not move to Seetalplatz. The Cantonal Council continues to meet in the government building on Bahnhofstrasse in Lucerne.
Open-plan offices and greater attractiveness of the canton as an employer
For the 1,300 or so employees who will share almost 1,000 workplaces, 2025 is not simply about changing offices. In future, they will study their dossiers in an open-plan office instead of in individual or two-person offices; they will not spend every minute of their working life at the desk at Seetalplatz, but rather work from home and flexibly with their own notebook.
«Working in a quiet little room is no longer appropriate. The way we work together will change, there is a change in culture at all levels, ”announced Reto Wyss. When asked, Wyss would prepare employees for this paradigm shift, for this new understanding of work and leadership, with regular information.
The canton’s top HR manager hopes that this will create a stronger “we-feeling”, but also an increase in the canton’s attractiveness as an employer.
Less traffic thanks to home office
Roland Haas is confronted every day with the employee’s perception of the employer. Like Reto Wyss, the head of the personnel department believes in increasing the attractiveness of the canton – and he expects increased productivity and better motivation of employees.
Haas would also like to use the experience gained during the 14-week lockdown. “A survey has shown that many people want to continue to partially use their home office.” This and the flexible working hours would have the positive side effect that the volume of traffic could be reduced during rush hour. Despite working from home, Haas is committed to maintaining social contacts: “We want to ensure personal exchange among employees.”
Some 1000 cubic meters of Lucerne wood are used
Franz Müller creates the spatial conditions for a chat among colleagues or a meeting in a relaxed atmosphere. He is in charge of the major project and is now also responsible for optimizing “Metropol”. This includes the choice of building materials. One thing is certain: in addition to steel and concrete, wood is also used. “We can build a few 1000 cubic meters of wood from Lucerne,” promises Müller – and thus complies with a request from the Cantonal Council.
At the end of March 2017, parliament referred two postulates by Hasan Candan (SP, Lucerne) and Hanspeter Bucheli (CVP, Ruswil) as being relevant. Both parliamentarians demanded the use of Lucerne wood for the construction of the administration building and prevailed with their advances against the government, which had only pleaded for a partial declaration.
More information about the central administration building at www.lu.ch/verwaltung/FD