Topping-out ceremony at the European XFEL international research facility
February 18, 2015 - WTM Engineers offers its congratulations to European XFEL GmbH on the occasion of the topping-out ceremony for the main building at the Schenefeld site in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The ceremony marked a milestone in the construction of the X-Ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), one of the largest international research facilities in Europe.
In connection with the 3.3-kilometer long XFEL, which WTM Engineers likewise planned, the research building with the company headquarters and the underground facility for experiments beneath it were constructed over the course of six years. Alongside offices, the new building has laboratories, a cleanroom laboratory and seminar rooms. The underground experiment hall with five experiment areas is located 20 meters beneath the main building.
The services provided by the engineering syndicate WTM Engineers (which acted as lead) and Amberg Engineering AG from Regensdorf in Switzerland included the feasibility study, compilation of the planning permission documentation, site planning and structural design, as well as construction management and site monitoring.
Over 350 guests attended the official ceremony, including representatives of the Federal Government, the States of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, the consular representatives of various countries, local politicians and officials, and representatives of the European XFEL Council, not to mention employees of European XFEL and DESY, and honored the efforts of the companies working on the construction project.