Hamburg, 05/25/2022 | Press Release | Company Sustainably Built: Certification for Olympus Buildings in Hamburg

European development & production center and the state-of-the-art office complex of global medical technology company Olympus in Hamburg receive awards

The new Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe production, logistics and service building in Hamburg-Jenfeld has received certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) in the “Gold” category, setting a distinguished benchmark among production facilities for sustainable building in modern industrial architecture. Also certified with the DGNB Gold standard was the new “Olympus Campus” building, which houses the headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Olympus Deutschland GmbH in Hamburg-Hammerbrook. By adopting a sustainable approach across its sites, the leading global medical technology company Olympus is making a significant contribution to energy efficiency and employee satisfaction.

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Handover of certificate at Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe in Hamburg-Jenfeld. From left to right: Constantin Zangemeister, Executive Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa; Dr. Christian Meyer, Executive Managing Director, Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe; Hermann Horster, DGNB Vice President and Head of Sustainability BNP Paribas Real Estate; Luigi Gallo, Olympus Project Manager of the new building in Hamburg-Jenfeld.

The distinction is awarded by the German Sustainable Building Council to buildings that have made conscious use of existing resources and minimized energy consumption to protect the environment, spanning from the planning to the construction phases and extending throughout the entire life cycle of the building. It is the first time Olympus has received this certification. Environmental, economic, and socio-cultural criteria as well as aspects relating to technical, process and site quality were all required to be fulfilled in order to qualify for the certification.

Dr. Christian Meyer, Executive Managing Director at Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe, comments: “As a leading global medical technology company, Olympus is committed to making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling. Our sites are therefore geared towards sustainability and future viability in the interests of both our customers and our employees. Especially with technically highly complex production facilities, the challenge lies in an energy-efficient implementation. We are therefore delighted to receive this independent award from the DGNB, which confirms that we have succeeded in combining technology and sustainability while simultaneously also creating attractive jobs locally.”

Hermann Horster, DGNB Vice President and Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Real Estate, emphasizes: “On the whole, state-of-the-art buildings have been created here that effectively combine environmental considerations, technical requirements, and social and economic aspects. Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe is worthy of special recognition as a production facility. With the new building, the company is making a significant contribution to the resource-saving approach in modern industrial architecture.”

Bringing technology and sustainability together

Olympus has expanded and optimized the production of high-quality endoscopes and instruments for minimally invasive surgery with its building in Hamburg-Jenfeld. It meets the technically complex requirements of a production facility for pioneering medical products while simultaneously ensuring that operations are both resource-conserving and sustainable. The energy consumption of all production systems in the building is continuously monitored and kept to a minimum via a state-of-the-art building management system. Olympus generates electricity itself with its own combined heat and power plant in Jenfeld and uses waste heat to supply the building’s own hot water and heating.

Thanks to the implementation efficient logistics processes, the factory has could be compactly designed across four floors. This resulted in impervious surfaces being kept to a comparatively low level. At the same time, great importance was given to a high degree of flexibility in the design of the production areas. Both small-scale manufacturing and highly automated processes are equally well catered for, which also provides the basis for meeting the industrial requirements of the future (Industry 4.0).

A special distinction: With its DGNB Gold certification, the new production facility of Olympus’ European development and production center in Hamburg-Jenfeld sets a significant benchmark for sustainable building design in modern industrial architecture.

The workforce in focus

A landscaped courtyard, which is used for recreation, is also part of the site. But the well-being of the approximately 1,300 employees was not only addressed in the outdoor area. Indoor air ventilation systems provide high levels of air quality, not only making the working environment pleasant but also healthy. Large window fronts ensure plenty of daylight at the workplaces, which is supplemented by artificial lighting as necessary.

The location enjoys excellent transport connections, which means getting there is easy – no matter if choosing to travel via public transport or a CO2-neutral journey by bike thanks to the direct connection to the Velo Route. For car drivers, numerous parking spaces will become available in the near future. A parking garage currently under construction will create approximately 490 parking spaces including e-mobility spaces. Completion is planned for July 2022.

Olympus Campus in Hamburg-Hammerbrook: Future-oriented working environment for employees and the environment

The Olympus Campus, home to the company’s European headquarters and Olympus Deutschland, stands out as a state-of-the-art office complex in the heart of Hamburg that offers cost-efficient operation and a user-friendly environment for more than 1,200 employees working at the location. Catering to activity-based working as well as hybrid collaboration, the office space is a haven for personal encounters and exchanges, offering employees a flexible choice of workplaces.

Olympus was recognized once again in 2022 as a European Top Employer for excellence in working conditions.

At the Olympus Campus, emission-related environmental impacts are minimized via an energy-efficient heating system using district heating and cooling by means of concrete core temperature control. Air quality benefits from an hygienic air exchange system that discharges spent air and supplies fresh air. A green roof terrace and two leafy courtyards provide appealing, natural relaxation zones for employees and guests. © Marcus Bredt

About DGNB

Founded in 2007, the DGNB is today Europe's largest network for sustainable building with more than 1,500 member organizations. The aim of the association is to promote sustainability in the construction and real estate industry and to firmly embed it in the consciousness of the general public. With the DGNB certification system, the independent non-profit organization has developed a planning and optimization tool for assessing sustainable buildings, interiors and neighborhoods, which helps to increase real sustainability in construction projects. The DGNB system is based on a holistic understanding of sustainability that takes the environment, people and economic efficiency into account in equal measure. In addition, more than 6,000 people in 45 countries have already been qualified as experts in sustainable building via the DGNB Academy training platform.

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