Galileo Garching

Galileo Garching

The "New Center" of the Garching Research Campus

With more than 7,500 employees and around 17,000 students, the Garching Research Campus north of Munich is one of the largest centers for science, research, and teaching in Germany. The site includes a unique collection of scientific and technical research facilities.­­­ Since the groundbreaking ceremony in 2014, the "New Center" of the campus, the ambitious "Galileo" project, is intended to be a lively center that unites teaching, learning, and living. Bachner's "Munich 3" division has also been involved in the construction work since 2017.



Full contract on the Technical University of Munich's Garching Campus.


January 2017 – Spring 2020


  • Approx. 860,000 square feet of building space on 8 levels

  • 20 information focal points for approx. 7,000 data points

  • 2,200 lights

  • Security lighting with 2 main control centers and various sub-control centers

  • Fire alarm system with 3,300 automatic detectors

  • Voice alarm system

  • Electro-acoustic systems (ELS)

  • Energy-optimized kitchens

  • 105 electrical sub-distribution boards

  • Takeover of implementation planning and preparation of works and installation planning


Neue Mitte Garching GmbH & Co. KG

Project description

"With a length of 218 yards and a width of 52 yards over a total of eight levels and a wide variety of uses, we were able to use our complete range of services and know-how," department head Hansjörg Aldehoff proudly explains. Under one large roof, "Galileo" combines, among other things, a hotel with 250 rooms, an apartment hotel with 160 furnished rooms, a shopping mall with fitness center, various restaurant and office areas, and the congress center, including Audimax, as the centerpiece.

A deck of the underground garage with cable laying systems, lighting, and gas warning system.
Work is still in progress here. The installations in the shopping mall are already ready for the users.

Overview of 860,000 square feet

On a tour, there is almost no electrical part that does not have a point of contact with a Bachner employee – of which there were over 90 at peak times, all coordinated by six site managers. They are responsible for the congress center & Audimax, office building & mall, underground parking, hotel/guest house & technical centers, ICE technology and communications technology. The scope of these individual areas is enormous. Installations such as lighting, security lighting, fire alarm systems and their cabling are ubiquitous; whether in public areas, offices or the underground car park with 540 parking spaces.

The Audimax with 1,340 seats and the attached congress center were a particular challenge. "The installation­density in this area is high," explains site manager Marco Menke, who is responsible for this part of the building. "A lot of emphasis was placed on appearance and functionality, so numerous custom­solutions were necessary."

Detail of a medium voltage control center.
The Audimax with sections of the lighting. The fire alarm technology was implemented almost invisibly.

Extensive ICE technology

A highlight of the project is the building automation, which includes heating, ventilation, and air­conditioning control with the associated bus systems. 20 ventilation­systems alone had to be taken into account in the planning and execution. "The entire automation is brought together in 20 information focal points in the form of cabinets with a total of 50 switching­cabinet­fields," ICE construction manager Kevin Schulz says enthusiastically. "Chained together, that would make it about 65 yards long!" The hardware planning on CAD systems and the software creation comes from the automation department of Bachner's Leipzig branch.

A small part of the ventilation system with corresponding ICE switch cabinets.
Other parts of the ventilation system controlled via ICE switch cabinets.

Planning services included

"Over time, we have taken on implementation planning services in addition to numerous and extensive additional installations," notes Aldehoff. "This means, for example, the entire lighting design." Numerous special­solutions and special lights were needed. Custom-made lights were predominantly used in the stairwells in particular.

Frameless custom lights in public areas.
The ubiquitous combination of (emergency) lighting, fire alarm technology, presence detectors, loudspeaker and sprinkler systems.

Successful opening

The approval inspections for all required installations were successful. The soft opening in September 2019 was also a success. "There was a certain tension during the event," says Hansjörg Aldehoff in review. "After numerous tests, it was the first live date – and with the Commerce Secretary, TUM President, investors, and many other prominent guests."

Incredible team performance

Completion is scheduled for spring 2020. Until then, the shopping mall is still the biggest task. But here, too, the project and site managers agree: "If we keep working this well as a team, the completion of this ambitious project is assured!"

Project management / Contact

Hansjörg Aldehoff

Hansjörg Aldehoff

Head of Munich Division 3

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