Schindler wins contract for new Roche headquarters in Basel


Schindler has been chosen to supply elevator systems for the new main office building of Roche in the city of Basel. The contract includes 14 Schindler 7000 high-rise elevators, as well as a state-of-the-art traffic management system, for what will be Switzerland’s tallest building.

The 178-meter tower is being designed by Basel-based star architects Herzog & de Meuron and is scheduled for completion in 2015. It will be home to some of the global pharmaceutical company’s key functions, and the elevators will be capable of carrying passengers at speeds of up to six meters per second on the journey to the 41st floor.

“Schindler is delighted to have been chosen for this landmark building,” said Schindler Switzerland CEO, Christoph Lindenmeyer. “Our Schindler 7000 elevator was developed specifically for high-rise buildings and they are running successfully in landmark towers all over the world.”

The Schindler 7000 elevators for the Roche tower combine high performance with exceptional energy efficiency, thanks to an energy-recuperation system that feeds excess power back into the building’s electricity grid. The elevators also carry an ‘A’ rating, according to the measurement standard, VDI 4707, developed by the Association of German Engineers.

The 75,000m2 (gross floor area above ground) Roche tower, known as ‘Building 1’, will be equipped with Schindler’s PORT Technology, a new generation traffic-management system that recognizes passengers and guides them to the elevator taking the fastest route to their destination.

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Founded in Switzerland in 1874, the Schindler Group is a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services. Schindler mobility solutions move one billion people every day all over the world. Behind the company's success are 44,000 employees in over 100 countries.

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