24.07.2014, 17:10 Uhr

Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner celebrated its 75th Anniversary

On Monday, 7 July 2014 Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner celebrated its 75th Anniversary with 400 guests from politics and business, representatives of our clients, national and international business partners and employees from all our branch offices with their families. As perfect location the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen had been chosen, for which LAP was responsible for the structural design. Focus was not only laid on the 75 years of history of the engineering firm founded by Professor Fritz Leonhardt in 1939 but also on the future, its challenges and developments.

“Innovation from Tradition” was the motto of the program that started in the morning with excellent lectures on bridges and structural engineering. Dipl.-Ing. Gert Klaiber, Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure showed the huge demand of maintenance measures for the bridges on motorways and highways in Germany that will be a major challenge for civil engineers over the next years. Dipl.-Ing. Dirk Brandenburger, Technical Director of the DEGES Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und –bau GmbH Berlin, pointed out the future challenges for civil engineers in infrastructure and bridge construction and recalls the necessity of a better marketing and public relations of engineering firms. Dipl.-Ing. Burkhard Dietsch recalled the challenges we were faced with the structural design of the Porsche Museum. Architect Steen Savery Trojaborg, Partner of Dissing + Weitling architecture a|s, Copenhagen, illustrated the beneficial cooperation of engineers and architects in bridge design with examples from Ancient Greece to the present. In the last lecture of the morning session Professor Rainer Hascher from the Technical University Berlin raised the question “Is Germany still able to handle large projects?” He not only identified the increasingly difficult overall conditions, but also presented solutions so that “German engineering will no longer be jeopardized by an inadequate management of construction projects”. Showing several examples of successful projects abroad, in which German engineers played an important role, he also demonstrated that Germany indeed is able to handle large projects.

The ceremony itself started right after lunchtime with a musical performance by Linus and Henri Maier playing the piano and the horn, who won the young musicians competition “Jugend musiziert” on federal state level in 2012. After the welcoming speech of LAP’s CEO Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Eilzer, greetings and congratulations have been addressed by Dr. Nils Schmid, Minister of Finance and Economics and Deputy Head of the State Government of Baden-Württemberg, Mr. Werner Wölfle, Mayor of Stuttgart, Professor Dr.-Ing. Stephan Engelsmann, Vice-President of the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Engineers and Dr.-Ing. Volker Cornelius, President of the German Association of Consulting Engineers - VBI (Verband Beratender Ingenieure). All the speakers recognized the outstanding professional achievements of Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner. Dr. Nils Schmid ended his greetings with “It is good that an engineering firm like Leonhardt, Andrä and Partner exists. An excellent marketing value and image boost for Stuttgart and Baden-Württemberg. Their structures are ambassadors all around the world.” Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Andrä stepped back in the history to the year 1939 when Fritz Leonhardt founded his engineering firm and to the turmoils after the Second World War. Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Eilzer outlined future tasks and challenges. With BIM (Building Information Modeling) a change of paradigm will revolutionize the planning and building process significantly. The highlight of the festivities was the keynote lecture of Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Managing Director of the private Institute for Sustainable City Development, Lord Mayor in Stuttgart for many years and Member of the Supervisory Board of LAP. The topic of his lecture was “Sustainable City Development – Chances for Civil Engineers” followed by a panel discussion with the directors of LAP. Numerous recent projects show that LAP already contributes to the challenges of the future.

In the course of this festive day it became obvious: There are many future challenges for civil engineers, be it in the maintenance of existing structures or in the urban or infrastructure development considering a growing world population and a sustainable handling of resources. Fair regulations and requirements and a trustful co-operation of all parties – consultants, clients and authorities - are required for a successful performance of these challenges.

Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner is ready to face these challenges. A long-lasting tradition based on traditional values like reliability, confidence and partnership is the basis and driving force also for future innovative developments. Whereas our high qualified and motivated employees is our major asset.

Minister Nils Schmid stated, that „the Federal Government of Baden-Württemberg is proud that engineering firms with an international reputation as Leonhardt, Andrä and Partner are established in Baden-Württemberg and Stuttgart” and wished LAP “another 75 years of success”.