The orthopedic clinic in Tegernsee has left the days of anxiety behind.
The shell of the new therapy hall at Point - step one of the three-part step-by-step plan - is ready.
The therapy hall is a visible sign that the clinic is heading towards a new future.
Deutsche Rentenversicherung (DRV) Bayern Süd, which is responsible for the clinic, is spending around seven million euros on the building with a view of the lake.
It is not a matter of course that this measure ultimately came about: for years the clinic had struggled to modernize and expand - accompanied by protests that even led to the clinic's thoughts of emigration and a rally by the workforce.
Now it seems clear: You feel ready for a future at Tegernsee.
Long fight to keep the clinic
At the topping-out ceremony, Christian Heide, Deputy Head of the Clinics Department at DRV Bayern Süd, left no doubt that the therapy hall is the result of a “difficult birth”. At that time he himself had fought in another position, namely as chairman of the staff council, for the modernization and maintenance of the clinic at Tegernsee. With a view to the new hall, Heide emphasized: "We do this for our rehabilitation patients and their recovery." And where better than in this beautiful ambience.
The result is the 5.24 meter high low-rise building on the roof of the clinic garage.
On the lake side, the glazing allows a view of the Tegernsee.
In the future, medical training therapy, relaxation and group therapies as well as physiotherapy will take place here.
The fact that the approximately 40 by 34 meter large hall was built using timber frame construction is a specialty in the healthcare sector, said the architect in charge, Maximilian Ludes, in his address.
The building material wood makes a decisive contribution to the aesthetics of the building.
They have created "a natural environment that supports the healing process".
The architect explained that he was in good spirits to be able to hand the hall over to the client in May of next year.
Mayor Hagn speaks of unjustified criticism
The planning of the clinic was always supported by the city of Tegernsee. Mayor Johannes Hagn reminded that the city council had passed a decision in principle. “We definitely wanted the clinic to stay here.” The town hall boss described the result that was now visible as a success. The hall nestles perfectly into the sensitive landscape. Hagn: "The criticism that did not want to fall silent was unjustified." The German pension insurance company Bayern Süd - namely department head Gerald Weiß - had shown perseverance and the ability to suffer in the implementation of the plans.
However, the construction of the therapy hall is far from the end of the flagpole.
As Harald Schuster, commercial director of the clinic, explained on the sidelines of the topping-out ceremony, plans for another renovation measure are already in progress.
Next on the agenda is the renewal of the sea wing.
"Bridge to the lake made"
With the quote "Do something good for your body so that the soul feels like living in it" (Teresa von Ávila), Monsignor Walter Waldschütz wished the clinic a good future. And chief physician Professor Dr. Tobias M. Kraus praised the hall as a “liberation” for the entire clinic. The bridge to the lake has now been built. Before the representatives of the companies involved, the clinic employees and guests of honor went over to the sociable part of the celebration, the entourage moved outside, where carpenter Martin Sollerspöck gave the traditional topping-out speech.