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100 Years of Halter (Part 3) by Monika Burri, Sabine von Fischer

The Halter company was founded in Altstetten in 1918 and today looks back on its first 100 years. The third part of this three-part corporate history focuses on the repositioning under Balz Halter, who has transformed the traditional construction and real estate company, now in its third generation, into a specialist in site development.

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100 Years of Halter (Part 2) by Monika Burri, Sabine von Fischer

The Halter company was founded in Altstetten in 1918 and today looks back on its first 100 years. In Part 2 of this three-part chronicle, Jost Halter, the founder's son, guides the company safely and securely through the boom-and-bust years of the post-war era.

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100 Years of Halter (Part 1) by Monika Burri, Sabine von Fischer

The Halter company was founded in Altstetten in 1918 and today looks back on its first 100 years. Part 1 of our three-part corporate history describes how its founder, Wilhelm Halter, created solid foundations on which the family-owned company prospered.

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Halter Renovations launches the online renovation cost calculator

Replacement new build or renovation? This is a question that faces owners of properties which are nearing the end of their life cycle. A simple online tool now supports the decision-making process.

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"Digitization must serve to produce better results." by Nik Grubenmann

The area between the station and the heart of Münchenstein is well developed and has been put to industrial use until now. In the years ahead, there are plans to turn it into an attractive urban residential district with a wide range of uses and facilities, and functioning as the centre. A first significant milestone in the planning process is the urban development competition, and the individuals in charge of the project have opened up new avenues by making it a digital one. Here we talk to Daniel Kapr, a member of the Management Board at Raumgleiter AG.

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Sentmatt development: Foundation of a private consumption collective

Sentmatt, a housing development comprising 119 apartments in Obfelden, Zurich, has recently become a focus of attention. The reason? Residents have founded their own private consumption collective. The collective covers around 30% of its electricity needs with photovoltaic cells on the roof. The rest can be purchased at reasonable prices on the open market.

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KOMPLEX: the ten-year anniversary edition

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Development within estates: Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts draws up model approach

Involving all stakeholders ensures wide acceptance of plans.

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Houses from 3D printer for crisis areas?

Fast, cheap construction in crisis areas.

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Modern construction using long-forgotten techniques

Ultralight concrete floor system requires no steel reinforcement.

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Surveying urban ecosystems with Google’s help

Trees lining the streets help regulate urban ecosystems.

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A calm approach to employee satisfaction

Halter regularly takes part in the Swiss Employer Award, a benchmark study targeting employee satisfaction. In 2016, Halter emerged as one of the top three companies in the category for 100 to 249 employees.

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Hochparterre Special issue: Limmatfeld by Andreas Hänsenberger

The municipality of Dietikon is in the middle of a dynamic process of urban development. We are seeing the construction of new commercial and residential space and, in the case of the Limmatfeld, an entirely new district for the town.

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Development models with Halter

Various ways are open for property owners or investors to enter into development agreements and contracts. The deciding factor is their respective appetite for and ability to take risk.

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Existing historic buildings seek new purpose

Potential for multiple use is often hidden away where you would least expect it. Refurbishment of the Fischer building in Münsingen near Bern is the story of how an old printing works located directly on the square next to the railway station was transformed into a multi-purpose complex from which everyone profits: the owners, the investor and users.

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The Halter Development Wheel

Chronos and kairos are two different terms relating to time in ancient Greece. By chronos – a term that has established itself in our modern culture – we understand time that is constantly passing. Kairos, on the other hand, is a propitious moment for decision or action.

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A share deal for the Mall of Switzerland by Andreas Campi by Andreas Campi

The acquisition of the Mall of Switzerland in Ebikon called for an individual divestment solution that took account of the needs of landowners, shareholders and investors in equal measure. It was one of several factors on which successful closure of the deal rested.

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Smart building

Conventional procedures in the construction and real estate industry, where total service and general contracting companies are invited to submit tenders, result in wasted time and unsatisfactory results. This is a pity because it would be possible to save costs and achieve better all-round results if all interested parties were involved at an early stage. With the global services model, the client, planners and building contractors are all pulling in the same direction.

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