With 9 manufacturing sites in Europe, the United States and the Pacific, and more than 3,500 employees, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung GmbH & Co. KG is a world market leader in hot stamping technology. This technology is used for foil lamination in packaging, household devices, textiles, etc. This means that Leonhard Kurz Stiftung GmbH & Co. KG makes significant contributions to the product designs of high-quality consumer items.
Design and an extraordinary appearance were also the key words in planning an extension of the company’s headquarters in Fürth. The project’s key characteristic is an approx. 45-meter-long glass façade extending across the entire length of the building. The façade is interrupted by diagonal pilaster strips, which are covered in special corrugated sheet metal to evoke the character of foil lamination. The architect designed the pilaster strips as a visual element in the façade, and they provide a mock architectural feature to decorate the blank wall. At the corners of the façade, they are used to emphasize the building’s edges. At technically significant points, the pilaster strips also have the effect of strengthening the support structure.
For Au Gerüstbau GmbH in Nuremberg, which was granted the contract for scaffolding the modern expansion project, these architectural features posed various construction and structural challenges that needed to be resolved. In addition to the diagonal pilaster strips, the 1,500-m-high scaffolding structure could not be anchored across the entire surface of the façade. The diagonal pilaster strips led down to a building projection of up to one meter. Au Gerüstbau GmbH obtained the scaffolding from MJ-Gerüst GmbH in Plettenberg, with whom they have enjoyed an extensive and successful partnership for more than four years. MJ also provided the statics for this project; the MJ UNI TOP 100 and MJ UNI 70 systems were used.
Because of the diagonal pilaster strips, MJ TOP 100 was installed alongside them across the entire length of the building. MJ UNI 70 was used in front of each pilaster strip. Each scaffolding system was 18 meters high. The two scaffolding systems were connected using pipes and couplings. Because they could not be anchored to the building, the scaffolding structure was secured using six 17-meter-high UNI 70 support towers that were erected at regular intervals in the right-hand corner in front of the MJ UNI 70, and were also connected to the scaffolding structure using pipes and couplings. Another challenge was bridging the gap between the diagonal pilaster strips and the #70 scaffolding. To do so, #74 MJ scaffolding consoles were used on the two upper levels to widen the scaffolding, and #32 MJ consoles on the two lower levels. However, because the gap between the scaffolding and the façade was still too wide in some places, MJ-Gerüst GmbH also provided vertical frames with four interior tilting pins, so that two inner guard rails could be installed to protect the workers from falling inward. MJ-Gerüst GmbH mass-produces these vertical frames with four interior tilting pins for the UNI system, and manufactures them for the UNI TOP and UNI-CONNECT systems upon request.
Au Gerüstbau GmbH has more than 25 years of scaffolding experience; Thomas Au represents the second generation in his family to manage the company. The company also employs 12 scaffolders. In the last few years, the company has seen very successful development, and now has a 55,000 m² inventory of largely new scaffolding. Au Gerüstbau GmbH almost exclusively uses scaffolding from MJ Gerüst GmbH in Plettenberg. In addition to scaffolding, Au Gerüstbau GmbH also provides site traffic safety services. The advantage for the construction manager and/or the principal is that both services can be provided by the same company, using a single contact partner.