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Story: 11.12.2017

Top building technology for the WEF in Davos


The 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting is an opportunity for the canton of Graubünden and the city of Davos to once again demonstrate their relevance as an international congress location. Alpiq InTec also makes an important contribution to the success of this important event by installing electrical, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The preparations for next year’s WEF Annual Meeting, which will take place in Davos from 23 to 26 January 2018, are currently in full swing. Alpiq InTec will once again be responsible for installing the electrical, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for this important event. The relevant project managers at Alpiq InTec began working on the initial plans for these installations at the end of June 2017. Detailed planning began in September, and installation work began on location in Davos in November.

From the start of installation to the end of demolition, an average of 35 Alpiq InTec employees are working full-time on this major project at any given time. On busy days, this number grows all the way to 50 employees. These employees are primarily in charge of making sure that 25 kilometres of electrical and telecommunications cables are properly laid, and that temporary heating and ventilation systems are connected on time and can be operated safely. The aim is to provide all WEF partners with sufficient electricity, a comfortable indoor climate and lots of fresh Davos air so that they can focus on their various tasks and activities during the meeting.

A high degree of operational safety guaranteed
During the four days of the WEF Annual Meeting, a group of Alpiq InTec employees will be standing by 24/7 to identify any issues early on and correct them as quickly as possible. In this way, Alpiq InTec can guarantee the entire WEF organisation an extremely high degree of operational safety for the congress, which is closely watched around the world. The demolition process will begin immediately in the days after the Annual Meeting and will take around two weeks. Once this is completed, there will only be around three months of downtime until the planning for the next WEF Annual Meeting is slated to begin. For this reason, planning and installation work for the WEF is essentially a year-round project for the Alpiq InTec Davos branch, which relies on support from nearby organisational units.

Alpiq InTec has been the WEF’s preferred building technology partner in Davos since the very beginning. This is thanks in part to the excellent cooperation with the WEF organisation as well as with other partners such as the police, media and everyone else involved. Alpiq InTec will do everything in their power to ensure that this year’s WEF Annual Meeting is a success and to once again cement Switzerland’s reputation as a safe, peaceful location for holding dialogues and exchanging ideas.

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