IPCM n. 75 | May-June 2022

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Anton Paar Will Construct a New Technology Centre The headquarters of Anton Paar in Graz (Austria) will be expanded to include a new technology centre.


nton Paar, the manufacturer of measurement instruments and

Anton Paar celebrated the beginning of the €60 million construction

technologies, has announced that it intends to expands the

works, that are carried out by the architectural office KFR ZT GmbH and

company’s headquarters in Graz-Straßgang (Austria) to include a

are expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

new technology centre. The new technology centre will cover an area of 26,800 m2 and

The solar thermal ice energy storage system

will include all business units as well as the central research and

The new technology centre of Anton Paar will employ an innovative ice

development department, while the three oldest buildings of the site

energy storage system with heat pumps for almost half of the cooling

were demolished. The expanded site will be characterised by an open

and heating needs of the site. It is composed by an underground basin

space concept to serve natural ventilation and will also include two

with a diameter of 19 m and a depth of 6 m, corresponding to a water

atriums that allow the interior rooms to be supplied with natural light.

volume of about 1.7 million l. Before the summer, the water is frozen.

“The planning for the new technology centre began back in 2014.

The melting heat and then the cold water are used to cool the building.

However, a development plan obligation and restrictions on the height

Heat pumps are used to transfer the heat from the building to the

of the building delayed the project by year. 650 employees will move

storage tank, which is then heated over the course of several months.

into the new building in 2024. With the construction, we have not only

At the beginning of the cold season, the storage tank is then warmed up

created more space for growth, but the building is also technologically

and can be used to heat the building in the winter until it freezes again

state-of-the-art,” stated Dominik Santner, the COO of Anton Paar and

at the end of the winter. In addition, the company will have photovoltaic

head of the construction project.

and solar thermal systems installed on the roof.

There are currently around 1,400 employees at the Graz site, but the expansion will allow to host up to 1,000 workplaces. On 25th April 2022,

For further information: www.anton-paar.com

© Anton Paar

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