Berlin's Big Dig

by Volkmar J. Agthe, Proj. Mgr.; Tishman Speyer Properties, Germany,
Gerhard Beck, General Mgr.; Zublin Spezialtiefbau GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany,
Peter Steinhagen, Proj. Mgr.; E. Zublin AG, Stuttgart, Germany,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 11, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


As the first of many major development projects for the new Berlin, the DM 1.5 billion FriedrichstadtPassengen project is the largest private construction investment in Berlin's history and the largest inner city basement excavation in Europe. Five blocks north of Check Point Charlie in the former East Berlin, the FriedrichstadtPassagen is being built on three city blocks, Quartiers 205, 206, and 207. The FriedrichstadtPassagen Project excavation (300,000 m�), completed in 1994, provided for two underground commercial levels and two underground parking levels as part of an overall 200,000 m� of parking, commercial, residential and office space on approximately 21,000 m�. The team of developers included Tishman Speyer Properties, Berlin, Jagdfeld FriedrichstadtPassagen Vermogensverwaltung KG, Berlin and Euro-Projekt Entwicklungs-GmbH, Berlin. The excavation and foundation concept was developed by Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, New York.

Subject Headings: Project management | Excavation | Underground structures | Parking facilities | Consulting services | Urban areas | Urban and regional development | Berlin | Germany | Europe

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