Technical University of Darmstadt, New Department Building with Laboratories


Beginning of construction:   2003
Beginning of construction:   2003
Usable floor area:   4,500 m²
Gross floor area:   8,100 m²
Building volume:   36,500 m³
Total costs:   15.5 mio. €

Scope Of Planing

Structural Design
Thermal Building Physics
Sound Insulation and Room Acoustics
Sound Immission Protection

Building project

The new buildings for the expansion of the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the TU Darmstadt consist of a main building with two lecture halls, libraries, class rooms and office space for students, staff and teachers and a laboratory building with experimental halls equipped with testing and measuring devices, a mounting floor for testing equipment as well as a shaking table for dynamic and earthquake testing.


The structure of the department building and the laboratory consists of reinforced concrete, the basement of water impermeable reinforced concrete.

The horizontal stability of the building has been achieved via fixed-end columns and shear walls. The roof structure of the laboratory consists of steel girder which are designed for crane loads as well. The floor of the laboratory is a concrete slab, d = 60 cm, with mounting devices for large scale testing set-ups.

The devices are loaded in a rectangular scheme and designed for vertical loads up to P = 37,5 t. A foundation for a shaking table to simulate earthquake loading is inserted in the floor as well. The floor plate of the laboratory can carry heavy trucks with a total weight of P = 60 t and fork lifts.


Land Hessen, vertr. durch das Hessische Baumanagement, RNL Süd

Facility design

Knoche Architekten, Stuttgart