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From production to construction

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The face of Apartment House Gemse changes daily. The wood-framed walls are continually rising to new heights.

From production to construction, the wood tells quite a story. The company Rubner Holzbau GmbH in Ober-Grafendorf benefits from over 50 years of experience in the fabrication of wood elements. Project Manager Martin Gloeckl explains: “During production, we prefabricate the wall elements complete with windows, insulation, electrical wiring, etc. and we work with millimetre precision so that erection on the construction site goes smoothly.”

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The finished wood-framed wall elements are carefully packed before being transported to Andermatt. In spite of the company’s extensive experience, Martin Gloeckl says that construction of Apartment House Gemse is challenging: “The construction site is at a location that’s not very easy to reach with our large vehicles. And the height of the building, with six floors, is also rather unusual. But we are making very good progress – and this will continue, especially if the weather stays like it is right now.”

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Apartment House Gemse is rapidly growing skyward. The outside walls are being erected at a rate of one floor per week. A live webcam allows anyone to follow the swift construction. The building will be weather-tight within six weeks and the crews can then begin working on the inside. If everything goes according to plan, the first keys to the apartments will be handed over this winter.

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Pictures: Rubner Holzbau GmbH Ober-Grafendorf

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