The symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the new building took place on the premises of the district office in Miesbach.
The building complex reflects the new world of work.
– Heaps of rubble still characterize the area.
These are the remains of the former Agricultural Office and Agricultural College.
If everything goes according to plan, the new district office will be here in spring 2026.
A "district office of the future", as the speakers repeatedly emphasized at the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.
And a "meeting place" between citizens and authorities.
Expression for modern, service-oriented work
"We can't look into the future, but we can lay the foundation for something in the future," said District Administrator Olaf von Löwis on the site right behind his office, which demolition excavators have been plowing up vigorously for several weeks.
It's not just a new building.
The new district office is also an expression of modern, service-oriented work.
It was worth taking the effects of the Corona crisis and the momentum in digitization as an opportunity to reconsider the dimensions of the project.
"The building will prove to be a building for the future," he predicted.
"The new dimension is good for the environment"
Architect Ludwig Karl confirmed this. Fewer paper files, more home offices – digitization and new working models have meant that the room allocation could be reduced by 30 percent.
This has an impact on the height and volume of the buildings.
"The new dimension is good for the environment," he confessed.
Karl particularly emphasized the energy aspect.
The buildings are not only equipped with a lot of photovoltaics, but also do without expensive air conditioning.
"Ventilation flaps that open automatically at night will also ensure a pleasant indoor climate in summer," he reported.
Mayor now speaks of "successful planning"
Miesbach's Mayor Gerhard Braunmiller emphasized the city's role in "improving the external appearance".
There was a lot of wrangling about the visual design, but ultimately agreement was reached.
The result is "successful planning" - important above all because the district office is in a central location.
The new building is a milestone in the history of the authority.
The merger at one location also means a gain in efficiency.
Waiting area for more than a hundred people superfluous
Department head Maria Rode, who accompanies the project with a "future team" from the beginning, explained the revision of the planning and the rethinking during the Corona phase using a practical example.
A waiting area for more than a hundred people was originally planned.
In the meantime, the team has the right to line up for service in such a way that there is no longer a need for a waiting area.
"We questioned almost every process and dealt intensively with the future requirements," she reported.
The demolition of the two old buildings on the site is indicative of the upheaval that is also currently shaping public administration.
“We tried to take everyone with us”
Rode and Löwis did not ignore the challenges for the employees and their fears of a new working environment and new work processes.
"We tried to get everyone involved and to take the staff council's suggestions into account," said Löwis.
"Because only when the employees feel comfortable will the citizens who come to us feel good too." All of the staff have not yet been convinced of the innovations, Rode admitted, "but we will keep trying".
Ground-breaking ceremony for the new district office: (from left) Miesbach's Deputy Mayor Astrid Güldner, Head of Department Maria Rode, CSU district councilor Georg von Preysing, architect Ludwig Karl, District Administrator Olaf von Löwis, planner and client representative Jessica Lauterbach from the district office, Miesbach's Mayor Gerhard Braunmiller, Michael Brünner (Engineering office EST, Miesbach), Martin Ernst (building construction department district office) and Florian Trinkl (demolition company Sauer Bau und Projektentwicklung GmbH).
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After a good 45 minutes of speeches and in good time before the drizzle set in, planners, politicians and representatives of the district office and construction companies took up the spade to mark the official start of construction for the 38 million euro project.
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