Flying high with MT 60

New construction at Germany’s oldest car dealer

Data & Facts

  • Project
    • Nutzfahrzeugzentrum S&G, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Contractor
    • MOSER GmbH & Co. KG, Baden-Baden office, Germany
  • MEVA systems
  • Engineering and support
    • MEVA Schalungs-Systeme GmbH, Stuttgart office, Germany

Major role for MT 60

A 12-metre-high commercial building was erected in the German city of Karlsruhe using MEVA wall formwork and supported by MT 60 shoring towers.

Ernst Schoemperlen was 25 years old when he bought his first car in 1897 and became the first person in Karlsruhe to clatter through the capital of the Grand Duchy of Baden. However, frequent breakdowns were a constant source of annoyance and he thus visited the car designer and automotive pioneer Carl Benz in the nearby city of Mannheim to discuss ideas for improvements and to test new Benz vehicles. In 1898 Schoemperlen established Germany’s first automobile repair shop, which also included a car dealership, in his landlord’s rear courtyard. Today, S&G Automobil AG is a Mercedes-Benz partner with 1,400 employees. The construction company MOSER GmbH & Co. KG recently built a three-storey commercial-vehicle centre at the company’s headquarters in Karlsruhe. The formwork planning was performed by MEVA. The tried-and-tested Mammut 350 wall formwork system enabled the large-format in-situ walls to be poured rapidly.

Major role for MT 60
To build the projecting roof with a slab area of 85 m² and a clearance height of 12 metres, the construction company hired MT 60 shoring towers. As they can be quickly assembled horizontally or vertically without complicated handling of tools, bolts or pins, the assembly work on the building site was competed in a short period of time. The modules are securely connected by means of simple rotational movements. Industrial safety is also guaranteed by other integrated solutions such as safety access ladders in each segment, secure frame-mounted planking and all-round fall protection on the working platform.

Complete tower units can be moved to the desired location by crane or on casters. With three frame types (100, 75 and 50 cm high) and a maximum weight of 15 kg for each individual part, flexible slab heights up to 18.66 m can be achieved. MT 60 was also used to build the 12-metre-high foyer with a slab surface of 255 m². MEVA specialists performed the requisite structural engineering analysis. With a load capacity up to 60 kN per leg, the modular shoring tower is suitable for heavy-duty bracing tasks involving high loads and for slab thicknesses up to 71 cm.

To ensure an accident-free work environment, MEVA’s KAB foldable working platforms were also installed. Their wide standing area made it possible to work comfortably and safely at heights. The 11.88-metre-high architectural-concrete columns in the foyer area were produced in three pouring stages using Circo column formwork.

Christian Kary, construction manager at MOSER GmbH & Co. KG, sums up: “Using MEVA systems enabled us to keep to the schedule and also meet all the requirements on the quality of the ­concrete.”