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The Schnepf energy technology planning group has established a new, extended company headquarters in Nagold. This dynamically designed building is a milestone in terms of energy technology, and is the best advertisement imaginable for the company and its work. Whereas Hallwangen company Schmelzle + Partner was responsible for the architecture of the building, the experts from Schnepf developed the innovative energy concept themselves, of course. A state-of-the-art ice storage system with heating and cooling supply from 100% regenerative energy sources was used here.
The builder made no compromises with regard to the equipment of the new building, and insisted on perfect advice and perfectly fitting made-to-measure solutions right from the start. Häfele provided a comprehensive range of system services and advisory services with its "360° comprehensive project solutions": The Dialock electronic identification and access control system therefore not only secures the doors in the entire building, but also the archiving cabinets and mobile pedestals in the office equipment using customised solutions that have been specially manufactured for the user. Attractive cabinet and space optimisation solutions that had been individually manufactured by the cabinet maker (also protected by Dialock) have also been realised using the Silent Aluflex 80 aluminium frame sliding door system that has been developed and manufactured by Häfele. Many innovative products from the Black Forest-based hardware specialist ensure that the individual components communicate with each other perfectly, and that problem-free operation is guaranteed.
"Our building is designed as a centre of excellence for energy and innovative solutions", says builder Klaus Schnepf. "This is why it was important for all of the components installed in the property to live up to this claim. This also includes future-proof and innovative locking technology. As a globally operating planning group, we encounter innovative Functionality solutions from Häfele all over the world. This is why the company has been an ideal partner for us for years".
Dialock – the all-rounder with regard to locking technology
The main entrance of the office building, which is built on a gentle slope, is positioned in the middle of the north façade and is centrally accessible from the car park. In the entrance area itself, a lift system and a central open stairwell connect the two office floors with the open underground garage deck. Users are given access to the building using Dialock contactless transponder technology. Entrance barriers, the main entrance doors and also the entrance doors on the individual floors are conveniently and easily controlled using the electronic access control system. The mains-operated,intelligent WT 100 wall terminals correspond with the transponder chip and identify the user. The terminal also logs all locking operations and provides special security with its individually configurable access management system. If required, Dialock can be networked with a time and attendance system and the building services. It operates contactlessly and is therefore wear-free – no expensive maintenance costs.
Open for communication and interaction
The Schnepf engineering office is presenting itself as a modern and cosmopolitan company in its new company headquarters. The minimalist use of concrete, glass and aluminium has created a building solution that is economical and functional, but above all representative. The red window flaps transfer the company's corporate identity into the architectural language of the new building. Because of the reinforced concrete skeleton structure and the resulting low number of supports, the layout can be flexibly designed. All areas can be divided into individual or group offices, or used as an open plan office. The floor-to-ceiling glass all the way round gives you a clear view of the landscape, and provides a welcoming and bright working environment.
A large proportion of the total area of 2,500 square metres is used by the planning group with its 60 or so employees. The remaining office areas are rented.
The Kenter tax office can be found on the first floor.
An office area with meeting room, manager's office and smaller offices adjoins an open multi-function zone with a reception desk, a secretary's office, a cloakroom , a tea kitchen, and archiving and store rooms. Whereas the working areas are lined up along the west façade and are separated from each other by glass partitioning walls running to the corridor, the multi-function area is divided up by built-in cabinets – the flowing usage transitions create an atmosphere of open communication and purposeful interaction.
Silent Aluflex 80 and Dialock – 25 metres of functionality
"I had specific ideas about how an optimum organisation and storage system had to look in my office", says office owner Michael Kenter, describing the initial situation. "To me, it was extremely important to have quick access to all documents in the individual cabinets and synchronous opening and closing of several units with just one terminal. Also, the dimensions of the filing cabinet wall had to be adapted to the room dimensions of our office and also to the size of the documents that are going to be stored in it at the same time. A standard solution was out of the question".
It is therefore useful that Häfele provides maximum flexibility by continuously adding to the product range and having different materials and a wide range of panels with its Silent Aluflex 80 sliding door system. Each cabinet configuration, including the locking system, is individually designed. Also with electronic versions if required.
The close collaboration between EWE / Die Schreinerfaktur from Jettingen and the Häfele manufacturing plant in Jettingen was therefore a prerequisite for being able to plan and manufacture the made-to-measure cabinet and locking system – with expert support from Häfele, whose experienced advisers selected all of the perfectly fitting elements that were needed for the furniture configuration from the product range, and made the customised manufacturing possible in the first place. A 25 metre long and 2.97 metre high cabinet wall securely accommodates files, documents and office materials. In order to prevent doors from protruding into rooms and restricting the freedom of movement, the planners chose Silent Aluflex 80 sliding doors from Häfele, which are reliably and smoothly guided in a bottom track. With their door panels made from snow-white, opaque laminated glass, they effectively reflect impinging light in the room and therefore provide pleasant lighting conditions along the way.
The office cabinet wall with Silent Aluflex 80 sliding door elements is constructed as a continuous system at angles. Minifix 15 eccentric connectors and shelf supports also originate from the Häfele product range. A specially developed quick clamping system ensures positive fitting of the aluminium profiles of Silent Aluflex 80 with a simple turn of an Allen key, and therefore makes convenient, quick assembly possible. Any modification work can be carried out in a simple and uncomplicated way.
Quick access – well secured
With the EFL 3 (Electric Furniture Lock) electric locking system from Häfele, the cabinet wall and all of the work documents and materials are always well secured and concealed. FT 120 intelligent Dialock furniture terminals control the locks and communicate contactlessly with the Dialock transponder.
An integrated contact signals the status of the lock, and a warning signal is possible if the door is open. The EFL 3 locks are characterised by having an extremely flat design (just 12 mm thick). They are therefore suitable for flush-mounting in 19 mm thick panels and fitting to drawer sides. The EFL locks do not just secure the sliding doors of the centrally accessible filing cabinet wall, but also the drawers in the desk and the hinged doors of the filing cabinets in the boss's office. The Häfele tambour doors that are installed in the mobile pedestals are also secured in this way.
Macro programming controls individual locking times
Dialock makes it possible to individually distribute access authorisations – depending on the contents of the cabinet, only a certain group of people or an individual person can be selectively authorised. The FT 120 furniture terminal from Häfele can actuate several furniture locks simultaneously: For example, if the chip is moved over the terminal that is integrated in the table top of the manager's desk, all cabinet locks and drawers in the boss's office react synchronously. It's the same with the total of 20 Silent Aluflex 80 sliding doors of the filing cabinet wall and the up to four drawers in the Variant C product range from Häfele which are installed in the employees' office pedestals. Dialock also has a programmable automatic timer, so-called macro programming, which unlocks all locks in the morning and locks them at night in accordance with a schedule that is suitable for the office. The employees therefore save time, and all documents are securely protected at all times.
"Thomas Zistler from EWE and the team from Häfele have worked flat out to implement this individual cabinet wall solution using Silent Aluflex 80 and Dialock", says Michael Kenter, praising the collaboration. "It was a heartfelt matter to the planners for us to be a satisfied customer when the work was complete. And we certainly are: I wouldn't like to be without this filing cabinet wall and the secure and fast locking technology in my office".