"Major projects are always a step forward on the development path."
Christian Reinhardt changed careers and came to D+H in 2009. The trained forwarding agent and industrial mechanic started in international sales before switching to product management. His tasks in sales also included many large-scale projects, such as the Federation Tower in Moscow. The futuristic building complex consists of two towers, where the higher one is one of the tallest in Europe at an impressive height of 374 metres. The Federation Tower in Moscow is located in the centre of the new Moscow City business district and houses offices, apartments and the Grand Hyatt Moscow luxury hotel.
D+H developed a special application for the Federation Tower in Moscow to allow reliable opening and closing of the 560 heavy parallel vent windows in Tower 1. The result: A group of 2240 chain drives from the VCD Series, synchronised for the first time, supplies a sophisticated ventilation solution. Each set of four compact drives move the 1750 mm x 450 mm windows in synchronisation to the pre-programmed 135 mm stroke. Along the way, they brave the powerful gusts of wind on the external façade without any problems and provide fresh air and maximum living and working comfort for those inside.
Until his career change, Christian Reinhardt handled four to five of these large-scale projects around the world each year. But what motivates him every day is the opportunity to protect human lives day in and day out with the innovations from D+H. A goal that makes the work worth it. In other areas, Mr Reinhardt appreciates the skilled staff around him, the varied work topics and the good opportunities for development at D+H, which he himself benefited from as someone who changed careers.
Russian Federation Tower
In the centre of Moscow City, the international business district of the Russian capital, construction on the Russian Federation Tower has been under way on the left bank of the Moskva River since 2005. The spectacular building was designed by architects Sergei Tchoban and Peter Schweger.
It consists of two towers. The 374 metre tower with 93 floors is called "Vostok" (East) and the 252 metre tower with 62 floors is called "Zapad" (West). A 506 metre antenna is planned for construction between the towers. The top two floors of the Vostok tower contain luxury restaurants, an observation deck and an exclusive fitness club, complete with a swimming pool. The biggest tenant, operating on 30 floors, is the Russian VTB Bank, the same entity that financed half of the enormous 1.2 billion dollar investment expense. Construction utilised a special concrete with twice the stability of conventional concrete and designed to withstand direct impact by a commercial airliner.