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Middle School and High School in Spangdahlem

The construction of the Middle School and High School in Spangdahlem, besides the realization of the Elementary and High School in Böblingen, is another current major project in collaboration with the Stuttgart office Aldinger Architekten.

Same as in Böblingen, two schools for the children of U.S. military personnel will be built in Spangdahlem. The most important difference: In Spangdahlem both schools are accommodated in one building complex. The rooms can accommodate up to 625 students and 90 employees. A functional disposition will be clearly visible inside and outside – which is important for the identification of students with “their” areas as well as for the overall orientation.

A particular challenge is the transformation of the sophisticated pedagogical concept (“21th Century School”) in architecture and building technology. This includes that premises can be transformed quickly and flexibly by teachers and students. Technical innovations, especially in the field of media and IT are not allowed to require larger reconstruction measures.

The main elements of the “21th Century School” approach are the provision and establishment of learning communities, the offering of places to stay and for joint activities as well as a resource center with media and information services. The architecture must fulfil the integrative task of connecting these elements in space and function.

Project details

Title: Middle School and High School in Spangdahlem

Building owner: Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Landesbetrieb Liegenschafts- und Baubetreuung (national real estate and building authority) in Trier, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defence

Task: : Design and construction of a common building complex for two schools, including gymnasiums, outdoor areas, sports grounds and driveways for a total of 625 students and 90 employees (HOAI phases 2 to 8)

Method: International competition in 2011/2012 in levels and award of contracts in accordance with the German construction contract procedures (VOF/VgV)

Participating companies: Aldinger Architekten Planungsgesellschaft mbH Stuttgart and Gaus & Knödler Architekten Partnerschaft under the umbrella of the Team Gaus + Aldinger Generalplaner und Architekten GmbH Stuttgart; preliminary designs: SchenkelShultz Architecture Orlando, USA

Order volume: 55.8 million Euro

Construction volume: 24,000 square meters of gross floor area with a gross volume of 123,000 cubic meters

Expected completion: 2017 to 2019

Remarkable features: Energetic certification according to LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) of the U.S. Green Building Council, and implementation of the “Education Facilities Specifications for 21th Century Schools” of the Department of Defence Education Activity (DoDEA)

Copyright: Aldinger Architekten Stuttgart (visualization)

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