KAMPER Team to climb the highest mountain in Austria
On the last weekend of July, a team of KAMPER employees set off for the small town of Kals am Grossglockner to take on the adventure to climb the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner.
After a joint dinner at the Lucknerhaus pension and a last “good” night’s sleep, the group took the route to the Luckner hut and Stüdl hut. At Stüdl hut the lunch break also served for changing gear since from that point on, Ködnitzkees glacier and rock were waiting. Four guides safely accompanied our group to Adlersruhe shoulder. Erzherzog Johann hut provided shelter for our mountaineers who more or less successfully seeked rest for the next day.
Early on Saturday morning, at 5:30 am, the group braved adverse weather conditions with heavy snow, fog and low temperatures and set off to Glocknerleitl, a pretty steep ice slope, crossed rocky terrain to rise up to Kleinglockner spur. From there, a short drop leads to famous Obere Glocknerscharte, a true knife edge gap, beyond which a short rock crest is all that remains to the large cross on the summit.
Weather conditions had not changed a bit, and so the glorious panorama of mountain ranges in all directions hid itself behind clouds. But off course, the euphoric sensations on top of Austria’s highest summit prevailed. Grossglockner, with a height of 3798m above sea level is one of the most relevant peaks of the Hohe Tauern Range and its first ascent marked the birth of alpinism in the Eastern Alps.
After a short break at the majestic cross on top, the teams joined again at Erzherzog-Johann-Hütte to share the traditional “summit beer”. Exhausted but truly happy they returned to Stüdl hut to end that day rejoicing in this amazing experience. On Sunday, the team returned to the company’s headquarter after breakfast only to be warmly welcomed with a huge transparent.
Warm thanks go to Michaela Liebminger for perfect organization and to Manuel Pampel who contributed photos.
Successful completion of first construction phase at Viking-themed hotel “Midgard” in the Ostsee Resort Damp
During winter and spring 2019/20, the VAMED-group engaged in massive renovation works in their hotel in the Ostsee Resort in Damp. KAMPER was awarded the general construction works. 405 guest rooms and 95 offices in two axes of this complex and the centrally arranged public areas were refurbished. The Viking-themed hotel “Midgard” opened its gates for the first guests in mid-May, right as scheduled.
The outside of the hotel remained largely untouched, the interior, however, received a Viking-style face-lift with the lobby arranged like a Viking village. While this project was a challenge due its size and complexity already, the MEP-works that made up some 40 % of the entire project were a daring endeavour by themselves. The Viking-style furniture was produced in Kamper’s cabinet-making and metal-working workshops. A team of 20 project and construction supervisors perfectly managed several hundred workers on site and provided a smooth surrounding for everyone in Damp.
The two CEOs of the KAMPER Handwerk+Bau GmbH, Martin Kamper, MSc and BM DI (FH) Markus Kleindienst, MBA are delighted that this first project phase has been completed: ”We thank our highly qualified team, our own workshops, the competence in each and any craft and the first-class project management for without, success in this project could never have been achieved.”
Sustainability training for KAMPER’s apprentices
One of the workshops organized within the newly founded KAMPER Academy invited all apprentices of KAMPER currently employed in the office and in the metal working and cabinet making workshops to develop a profound knowledge of sustainability measures. Sound use of energy, a clever approach towards energy consumption and CO2-emissions, waste reduction and correct waste separation measures were presented and their feasibility in the company as well as in private households discussed. All participants were encouraged to actively approach environmental issues.
The two workshops were organized by disposal expert Johann Schantl, FCC Austria Abfall Service AG, and energy expert DI(FH)Peter Enderle, Msc, iW consulting Engineers e.U.
KAMPER has long engaged itself in sustainability and resource-friendly production processes and these workshops reflect just this commitment. CFO Ines Kamper: “Being awarded the title Excellent Apprenticeship Company we consider it our duty to also tackle sustainability issues with our apprentices. They shall grasp the importance of environmental concerns and shall take away knowledge for their future careers and equally for their private lives. We want them to develop a clear understanding of sustainability and of the value of highly profitable reusable materials that otherwise would fill up landfills.”
KAMPER has extended its production line with a new Four Side Moulder Machine
KAMPER Handwerk+Bau continues to keep its metal and cabinet working equipment up-to-date: The latest acquisition is a Four Side Moulder Machine by Homag. This new moulding and profile cutting machine MOULDTEQ M-300 enables our teams in the workshops to process work pieces in on step only with several moulding and profile cutting taking place simultaneously. Once the workpiece is guided along the ruler, it runs automatically through the machine where individually activated planing and cutting steps take place.
Workshop manager Herbert Weixler: ”Quality is our top priority. This high-tech four side moulder and profile cutter helps us to further improve the dimension accuracy and surface quality of our work pieces. All this with an impressive variety of profile cutting possibilities.”
Excursion Day to KAMPER!
Pupils in their 3rd year at the local primary in Tillmitsch school spent exciting days at the workshops of KAMPER Handwerk+Bau GmbH. In the course of a project initiated by the provincial government together with national authorities, the children first made a tour through the workshops and later were encouraged to build two nice little wooden workpieces: a ladder and a small wooden game. Andrea Matzer and Gabriele Hartl, our ladies in the cabinet maker’s workshop, supported the kids who showed great enthusiasm and really enjoyed themselves.
Headmistress Daniela Gaber: “We would like to express warmest gratitude to the team of KAMPER. Not only were the two mornings full of new information and fun, the two ladies in the workshop were particularly charming with the children. What is more all material, even a tasty snack was provided, all free of charge for our school!”
Junior metal technician Philipp Geckl demonstrated his skills at the federal apprenticeship competition 2019
Precision, speed, patience and determination were needed at the Austrian Federal Apprenticeship Competition for metal technicians 2019. It took place from October 18th to October 19th in Salzburg with an amazing 60 participants! 13 young metal technicians took part in the category metal working and sheet metal technology where the task was to build a sliding door element. Demanding welding technique was necessary, various other tasks had to be carried out in order to accomplish the task. Exact drilling decided between victory and defeat – only then the elements both straight and curved matched and could be correctly assembled. We are truly proud of our apprentice Phillip Geckl who missed the podium by half a point only. Congratulations, Philipp!
KAMPER pilgrimage to Mariazell
15 employees of KAMPER gathered for a pilgrimage to Mariazell from June 19th to 22nd 2019. The pilgrims started in the Kesselfallklamm close to Semriach and mastered 115km, +5135 and -4800 vertical metres during these four days. While hot weather conditions, blistered feet and knee problems did not make it easier, camaraderie and friendship were not missed out. The weather gods had mercy with the pilgrims and did not send rains. On Saturday around 1 pm and exhausted but very delighted, the entire team arrived in Mariazell and was greeted with a banner. Andrea Matzer, organizer of the pilgrimage: “I am proud of my comrades for they have all genuinely mastered the very strenuous long walk and that special camaraderie was forged among colleagues. In spite of all bodily exertions there was time to pause, to clear one’s mind and to refill batteries. To me, this was an incomparable experience which I shall always remember.”
Interior fittings for the Jimmy Choo Boutique in Vienna
Due to intense renovation works at the building complex at Graben in Vienna – the boutique of Jimmy Choo Vienna moved from Tuchlauben 4 to Graben 21. KAMPER acted as general contractor and was thus responsible for the redesign of the entry portal. Project manager Johannes Schatzer: ”There were challenges, indeed, such as coping with the level differences inside the store and the pedestrian area outside, surfaces had to meet the existing ones. But – we truly enjoyed working with Jimmy Choo.”
KAMPER apprentice to finish runner-up at provincial competition of junior metal workers 2019
This year’s provincial apprentice competition for metal workers took place on June 14th at the training institution Mureck. Philipp Geckl, apprentice in his third and final year of training finished runner-up among 13 participants in the category metal construction and sheet metal work. The task was to produce a metal railing made of steel, stainless steel and aluminium, which required skills such as drilling, turning, bending and several welding techniques. Being runner-up he automatically qualified for the federal competition in Hallein in autumn. Apprentice trainer Nikolai Schwarz: “Having been awarded the national apprenticeship award we are proud of our junior metal workers when they perform well and achieve a podium finish in competitions. We congratulate Philipp to his success and wish him the best of luck and all the best for the national competition in October!”
First encounter with the cabinet maker’s trade – primary school kids visited KAMPER
11 boys and girls of the 3rd grade primary school in Gralla and their teacher visited Kamper’s cabinet making workshop this week. Together they built wooden spirals and a tricky wooden game and had to saw, drill and oil their parts. At the end of the visit, each kid could take his or her little gadget home. This smart project was initiated by Mario Schneeberger, qualified joiner by himself and father of a family in Linz. This project started in Upper Austria and has now been introduced to Styria for the first time. It aims at familiarizing youngsters with this craft and perhaps planting seeds for future careers in a trade where Austria in some years could run short of skilled craftsmen. Joiner Andrea Matzer: “Our family owned company seeks to hold tradition high while contributing to future development. It was real fun to watch the kids busy with the fabrication of their gadgets. We are looking forward to the next group of kids join us!”
100% KAMPER – general contractor KAMPER Handwerk+Bau has expanded its portfolio and has established its own building services engineering department
More service for our clients: In addition to the long established workshops for cabinet making and metal working, Kamper has in 2018 installed its own building services engineering (BSE) department. Kamper, thus, now has a highly flexible team of in-house experts who support clients with state of the art HVAC and electrical engineering-solutions while also evaluating energy and cost saving possibilities. These BSE-engineers act at the interfaces between our project managers and our sub-contractors and enrich with their planning and expertise Kamper’s portfolio in all fields of modern HVAC and electrical engineering.
DI Christian Rigler, Head of MEP Department: “There are many ways to supply buildings with electric current, light, air, heating, and cooling. Each project asks for an individually conceived solution; rules, regulations, and standards are to be fulfilled, all this with an eye to efficiency and cost saving. Our challenge is to consider all these requirements along the process chain from initial consulting meetings through the planning and implementation phases. This service guarantees the best solution in each case.”
Find more information on the services of our BSE-department at https://www.kamper.at/en/craft/bse/.
Young Styrians go Europe – metal construction apprentice on internship in Malta
In Autumn 2018 our apprentice in the metal construction department took part in the project “Young Styrians go Europe” and spent three weeks on the island of Malta. This project, funded through Erasmus+ by the Styrian Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft (association for educational support), invites ambitious apprentices to take part in an international internship programme. This was the second time, our apprentice took part and had the chance to not only smell fresh sea air but assist the Attard Bros Group in works such as producing and installing railings, welding frame constructions and repairing a truck. Apprentice Lukas Haberl: “Again this was an awesome experience, travelling to Malta for this exchange programme abroad and I am very glad that KAMPER gave me the opportunity to take part.”
While the improvement of foreign language as well as theoretical and practical technical skills are major features of this project, the development of social and personal competences is simply amazing. Reason enough for KAMPER Handwerk+Bau to integrate such projects into regular apprentice training.
Two technical diploma theses to be finished shortly
KAMPER likes to promote talented up-and-coming students, the higher the practical relevance the better. Since last autumn, two students of FH Joanneum (University of Applied Sciences in Graz: Construction Management and Engineering) have been engaged to write their theses with Kamper. One investigates the Structure and conceptualization of building specifications for the client in order to maintain the quality of the construction. The results of this thesis will eventually be summarized into a manual to ease the practical use of sometimes very bulky technical specification documents and to establish a common understanding of the rules and duties related to general contractor’s-works once they have been handed over. The second thesis deals with Quality control of General Contractors works at the interfaces of individual crafts internally and externally. With this thesis, a tool is being developed and programmed to ease the monitoring and documentation duties related to ongoing quality controls by the general contractor and his sub-contractors. Mag. Friederike Prassl: “It is so much fun to work with so highly motivated students. Their visits on our construction sites have certainly further increased their understanding of our job and duties!”
KAMPER Christmas party 20th of December 2018
On the last Thursday before Christmas, the KAMPER management traditionally invited the entire team to a magnificent Christmas party. This year’s location was the Panoramahotel Steirerland in Kitzeck, a little winegrowing village close to the head office. The 4-course dinner was again delightful and one of the high-lights of this year’s party was a superb performance of two highly renowned Austrian comedians, Peter Moizi and Rolf Lehman. After their hilarious imitations of politicians and sports people, CEOs Markus Kleindienst and Martin Kamper presented their 2018 review. As this year’s second special, KAMPER employees had the opportunity of being caricatured by a painter on site. Finally, the party with DJ Tom was amazing and lasted well into the early hours.
KAMPER now equipped with new 5 axis CNC milling machine
Just as our projects vary largely in demand the machines in our wood and metal workhops have to be highly versatile. In May 2018, a new edge banding machine was integrated into our machine park, now a brand-new 5 axis milling machine, with highly-rigid and oscillation-absorbing fibre-reinforced machine bed has been installed.
Manuel Pampel, division manager CNC:” This new 5 axis CNC milling machine enables us to process freeform surfaces and workpieces as long as 7575mm and 1900mm width and up to 30mm thickness. We continuously invest in our state of the art machine park to keep up with the high expectations of our customers and – not to forget – to guarantee the highest possible safety standards”.
Römerlauf 2018 – KAMPER team spirit again unbeatable
Some 2500 participants and 350 staff made the Römerlauf 2018, sponsored by KAMPER, very special to all involved. 41 KAMPER employees and relatives joined in on the 30th of June to run or walk the 10 km course through Leibnitz, passing Seggauberg and Sulmsee. KAMPER was once again awarded the price for being the largest team and received a voucher worth € 500,- to party at Buschenschank Kieslinger on nearby Kogelberg.
Summer BBQ 2018
On Friday, 22nd of June 2018 the KAMPER team followed the invitation of the workers council to the annual BBQ party at the company’s premises in Tillmitsch.
Even though the temperatures were low moods were high: In cosy campfire atmosphere, many partied until the early morning hours.
New Motel One has opened in Lübeck’s old town center
Right next to the pedestrian zone and in the ancient merchant’s quarter of the leading city of the Hanseatic League a new Motel One with a capacity of 250 rooms opened these days. Once again the design concept is well rooted in the history of Lübeck: Imprints and writings on the stacked boxes of the bar shelves are reminders to the Lübeck wedding. Project manager Johannes Pratscher recalls: ”This time we were challenged with new surface treatment techniques and the results were more than convincing. Themes of the hotel’s design were delicately engraved into the solid wood planks only to receive a golden lacquer coating. Glass tiles were elegantly paired with solid wood constructions and brass elements, and now together make the distinguished shelves. It is these challenges off the norm that turn our job interesting and diverse.”
© Motel One Lübeck
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards – the most stylish restaurants in the world.
This year again, the most stylish restaurants in the world will be selected by the Restaurant & Bar Design Award 2018. Be it the airport bistro or the starred restaurant: Restaurant & Bar Design Awards seek and select the most extravagant projects of any subsequent year. Interior designers, architects and designers were invited to submit projects that were realized in 2017. Strohecker architects did so with the new Casino Graz Bar and Restaurant for both of which Kamper was commissioned as general contractor and both bar and restaurant are nominees in the categories “Europe Restaurant” and “Europe Bar”! We would like to congratulate to this success already and hope that the Casino Graz will eventually stand out among all other renowned submissions from more than 70 countries and receive a well-earned award for their amazing bar and restaurant.
Teambuilding Riegersburg April 2018
On Friday 13th of April 2018, 60 courageous employees of Kamper embarked on a journey into to the world of Middle-Age myths and sagas in the woods around Riegersburg castle. The teams followed historic paths leading to the majestic castle complex. In order to save it from tumbling the teams had to go on various quests that required skill, bravery and comradeship: be it on a veritable hell-ride over dragon valley, during combat training or at the archery stand.
All teams celebrated their glorious triumph over the menace with a feast lasting into the evening hours.
Laser engravings with gold finish
New projects bring about new techniques, this time we experimented with laser engravings in wooden surfaces and golden lacquer treatment. We are as intrigued by the result as our customer is. Following the design concept of the hotel, delicate patterns were lasered into wooden elements and finally received their golden finish. It is these unusual tasks that keep us challenged and creative.
Motel One Amsterdam-Waterlooplein inaugurated
Inspired by nearby Watlerloopleinmarkt with its highly frequented flea market, the new Motel One Amsterdam-Waterlooplein opened its doors to the guests at the end of December 2017. It is situated in the city centre, quite close to both the National Opera House and the Rembrandt house. The theme of this design hotel is best described as “perfectly imperfect”: In cooperation with internationally renowned artist Piet Hein Eek, the One Lounge of the hotel was turned into an cosy area where antique and used items were melted into a design composition of its own. The wall claddings are made of old windows, doors and cabinets, chandeliers made of old flea market finds and a massive work bench with specifically designed table lamps invites the guests to dwell a little creative while. The cabinet making works of the public areas were produced and “upcycled” in KAMPER’s workshops.
© Motel One Amsterdam
KAMPER ended 2017 on a high note with a splendid Christmas Party at Genusswerk PUR
KAMPER ended 2017 on a high note with a splendid Christmas Party at Genusswerk PUR
To see the old year out, KAMPER celebrated their fabulous Christmas Party on the 21st of December 2017 at Genusswerk PUR in Raaba. After a delicious choice of starters and exquisite variants of main courses the owners took the occasion to summarize yet another successful year in this festive atmosphere and to thank Andrea Matzer and Gernot Weninger for their 30th and Herbert Reinbacher for his 20th anniversary as employees of Kamper. Great entertainment was guaranteed with well-known magician Christoph Kulmer and live music by Take Seven – perfect for dancing into the early morning.
It was a great final event for a great year after which everyone parted into his or her well-earned holidays. Everyone is relaxed, full of energy and more than ready to start into a new year!
Unique surface treatment made by Kamper GmbH
We often prove masterly craftsmanship in surface treatment with delicate high gloss surfaces. This time we were faced with a rare and complex challenge: We created a carbonized solid oak-wood table top for a meeting room. This technique is used to create a unique and astounding look. Repeated brushing and several oil treatments lead to the characteristic finish.
KAMPER has received national honours as apprenticing company
One of the columns of success are excellent training programmes for apprentices and KAMPER has a long tradition in investing in this field. From 1977 on, more than 100 apprentices have learned their profession as joiner or metal worker at KAMPER. A number of KAMPER’s management or executive employees have started their careers as apprentice in the own company.
Since equality of chances is an important matter, once a year an apprentice with handicap, be it social or physical, is invited to take up a vocational training at KAMPER. One such example was a deaf apprentice who successfully passed his training to become a joiner.
KAMPER has always applied high standards to apprentice training and has now been officially awarded national honours by the state, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Workers’ Chamber as apprenticing company.
Chief apprentice trainer Gernot Weninger: “We offer our apprentices a number of additional benefits. Additional training programmes and seminars are integral part of our in-house training, the very ambitious ones are even the opportunity to take part in European Apprentice Exchange programmes and do so for free. I feel particularly honoured that KAMPER is the first Styrian joiner’s company to be rewarded in such a festive atmosphere with such magnificent honours.”
© HBF/ Karlovits
Dom Museum Vienna refurbished
At the beginning of October, after five years of reconstruction works, this important Museum reopened its doors to the public. Together with the face lift and architectural reorganization, the name also changed from “Archiepiscopal Cathedral and Diocesan Museum” to “Dom Museum Vienna”. The Archdiocese of Vienna undertook great effort to renew the museum’s layout, architecture and furniture, to establish the collection within the diverging contexts of art, church and society. KAMPER Handwerk+Bau GmbH was commissioned with the production of the furniture, display cases and wall claddings, designed by Univ.Prof.Mag. Boris Podrecca.
Project manager Gerald Offenbacher tells: ”It was a real challenge to develop the technical solutions necessary to meet all different specifications vital for the preservation of the treasuries. We are talking about unique and irreplaceable objects which are presented in various display cases, all requiring very different climatic surroundings.”
© Hertha Hurnaus, Dom Museum Wien
Meissl und Schadn – a new restaurant in the Grand Ferdinand Hotel
In mid-September, Graz’s innovative hotelier Florian Weitzer opened his new restaurant “Meissl und Schadn” in the Grand Ferdinand Hotel at Vienna’s Schubertring. The “Meissl & Schadn” revives both a piece of Viennese history and finest Viennese Cuisine tradition. Alongside Tafelspitz and Applestrudel the stage has been set for the original Wiener Schnitzerl. While last year and in record time the Lounge on the Grand Etage was installed, this summer KAMPER was commissioned with the general contractor’s works for the installation of the new open elegant kitchen. Guests may watch the Schnitzels or strudels being cooked and may upon prior request even prepare their own proper Schnitzel twice a week.
Project manager Martin Sostar: “It was exceptional to be witness of the revival of this particular piece of Viennese tradition right in the heart of Vienna.”
© Grand Ferdinand
Perfect weather for the 2500 participants of 11th edition of the Römerlauf – an amazing running event near Leibnitz – on July 15th 2017. Kamper was not only one of the sponsors, 43 highly motivated runners and Nordic walkers of the company took part and this won KAMPER the award for the largest participating team and thus a voucher for a tour to a wine tavern!
Restoration of the exterior of the Casino Salzburg
The renovation works at Klessheim Castle proceeded at a busy speed these last months. Back in spring 2015, the renovation works started, first with the construction of two extension buildings with a total area of 1,045m2 at the back side of the castle. In this second phase, the roof, the truss and the façade of the Casino Salzburg are being restored. Works at the façade are nearly accomplished: the cleaning of the stone, the repair works at all windows and metal sheets and the surface. So far, more than 11,000 hours went into the restoration of the roof, sculptures and stone elements!
Project manager Mag. (FH) Ing. Martin Sostar: „ The restoration of historic Klessheim Castle is proceeding fast. With a thoughtful eye to every detail and in intense cooperation with the Federal Monuments Office, the Casinos Austria very carefully seek to conserve most of the original appearance of this 18th century castle. Our long-term experience in the renovation and restoration of historic buildings is a valuable asset in this project.”
© Casinos Austria
Summer Party 2017
On Friday, 23rd of June 2017, the workers‘ council of KAMPER Handwerk+Bau GmbH once again invited all employees to celebrate the beginning of the summer and holiday season. Not even a heavy thunderstorm could dampen the good mood: With a delicious BBQ, beer and wine the celebrations lasted into the early morning hours.
Red Bull Salzburg to celebrate their Championship against the backdrop of the stunning Casino Salzburg Façade
This Sunday, Austrian soccer champion Red Bull Salzburg celebrated their victorious season in front of Klessheim Castle, in which the Casinos Austria operates its Salzburg Casino. In 2016 only this Casino was reopened after grand renovation and extension works with KAMPER as general contractor for all works, while the Casino was fully open. In the course of these renovation works, the façade, too, was thoroughly renovated – and now served as stage set for the spectacular celebration. The event opened with Austrian musician Julian le Play, DJ Felice and the Red Bull Skydive Team, followed by the much-awaited appearance of the team, trainers and staff on the balcony of the castle. The evening was closed with a magnificent firework.
KAMPER apprentices took off to new horizons
At the end of April, two apprentices of KAMPER were given the opportunity to take part in an apprentice exchange programme and thus spent three weeks in the United Kingdom for an internship abroad. Both, one a joiner, one a metal worker, are in their second year of their vocational training and spent the three weeks together at a guest family in Portsmouth. A big metal working company and a small cabinet maker welcomed the courageous youngsters where each soon contributed to the daily work.
Gernot Weninger, works council member and responsible for apprentice training: “Since Kamper operates on an international level, this project immediately appealed to our management and two of our apprentices were given the chance to take part. The feedback of both was and is very positive. They were not only able to improve their English but also gained valuable experience and off course many impressions, particularly when they went to visit London. This experience will no doubt have a very positive effect on their career.”
This internship exchange project, organised by IBD Partnership and Erasmus+, aims at strengthening the confidence of the participants in themselves and to foster independent behaviour.
KAMPER successfully recertified according to ISO 9001:2015
In the beginning of May, SystemCert, a certification agency based in Leoben, conducted the re-certification audit according to ISO 9001:2015 in the KAMPER head office. SystemCert confirmed that KAMPER fulfils the rules and regulations according to their ISO 9001:2015 quality management system.
CEO Martin Kamper: ”First class product quality and satisfied customers are always on top of our agenda. Since the very first certification 20 years ago, KAMPER has been striving to continuously improve in all fields. KAMPER conceives quality management as work in progress and consider it vital to secure and widen the know-how of the company. In the course of the introduction of the ISO 9001:2015, published in September 2015, we have invested in professional quality management software. For us, this renewed certification proves our decision right and most certainly makes us proud.”
It is SOAP-Time – KAMPER supporting the styriarte also in 2017
The Styrian Festival for classical and old musik, styriarte 2017, will take place from June 23rd until July 23rd and Kamper once again is pleased to support this event. This year, KAMPER assumed the patronage for the Nurejew.SOAP on 12th of July, at 7 pm in the Helmut List Hall in Graz. Fans of classical music and ballet will be able to enjoy an evening with the Chamber Orchestra Modus 21 under Erich Polz, and actor Gregor Seberg (especially known as inspector Helmuth Nowak in the “Soko Donau” TV-thrillers) who will read about the oustanding life of ballet dancer Rudolf Nurejew. We are looking forward to this evening with great joy!
Further information about this evening under styriarte.com.
KAMPER team equipped with travelling bags
Common Corporate Design for all our business trips and a little thank you on the occasion of the fiscal-year end – the entire KAMPER team has been given new stylish and top-quality travelling bags upon the Easter holidays. Some are obviously already looking forward to their next trips …
KAMPER yet again certified with Austrian Quality Seal (“Österreichischer Musterbetrieb”)
The ÖQA Quality Austria (Austrian Society for the Promotion of Quality) has again rewarded KAMPER with the Austrian Quality Seal and has thus certified KAMPER as Austrian Model Company. To be rewarded with the Austrian Quality Seal as Austrian Model Company is an internationally acknowledged distinctive mark and a guarantor for domestic quality. This seal honours companies that show outstanding performances and continuously work on the improvement of their quality.
CEO Martin Kamper, MSc: “ISO 9001 and EN 1090 certificates are off course important for us, but the be allowed to bear the Austrian Quality Seal is something in particular and we are indeed happy that our commitment has been rewarded again.”
The Chapel will soon be ready to be moved to its final destination
With the works at the Chapel well advanced the time is near to disassemble it again and bring it to its final destination. Farewell!
KAMPER proves excellent craftsmanship with chapel
It is no secret that KAMPER acts masterly as general contractor in various hotel and private residence projects, be they new buildings, renovations, enlargements or reconstructions, but KAMPER still holds craftsmanship in high esteem. This beautiful wooden chapel is currently under construction in the workshop!
KAMPER Christmas Party 2016 – grand end to a successful year
On December 22nd 2016, the Managing Board invited to the Christmas Party in the timber frame hall of the Seifenfabrik in Graz.
The reception opened with mulled wine and champagne which were followed by a delicious buffet with a broad variation of starters, main courses, salads and desserts. Rafaela and Martin Kamper were happy to look back to a successful year and opened the stage for the music, everbody celebrated and danced in to the morning hours.
A wonderful night has put an end to an eventful year after which everybody could finally start well-deserved holidays.
KAMPER says a big THANK YOU to its suppliers
On the 15th of December, the executive board of KAMPER celebrated a successful 2016 with its suppliers. Upon arrival at the airport in Cologne, the party guests were picked up with Hummer limousines and taken to the Steigenberger Cologne hotel that was only recently renovated by KAMPER. After the check-in, they strolled on a guided tour through the old town of Cologne and to the magnificent dome. The evening reception took place in the 5***** Hyatt Regency where Kamper finished its interior refurbishing works only weeks ago. Accompanied by piano music, the guests enjoyed a delicious 4-course Christmas meal and concluded the evening at the bar with a drink or two. The reactions met the expectations: “[…] still overwhelmed, I would like to thank for this two-day trip to Cologne. It was perfectly organised, we had time to talk with partners in a very relaxed atmosphere and enjoyed a programme that was well-conceived. Not easy to find an event like this one elsewhere”, “It was very nice to see how KAMPER values its suppliers and cherishes the value of good relations.”
CEO Martin Kamper: “Success in the construction business comes with cooperation – much like cogs that interlock. If one tooth breaks, others will have to step in and help it become a functioning part of the gear again. And it is just this interlocking action that we were so successful in installing on our sites with our partners. I want to thank all our faithful and our long year project partners for the great contribution they made and wish everyone relaxing holidays and a successful 2017!”
KAMPER spreads good mood with yummy Christmas bakery
Together with bustling bakers, our CEOs Rafaela and Martin KAMPER spent busy weekends in the kitchen: More than 150 kilos of Christmas bakery were made and will be distributed as sweet Christmas presents in the weeks to come.
We wish you a merry and peaceful Advent time!
KAMPER Handwerk+Bau GmbH is proud of its credit standing: For 2016 Creditreform awarded the status “very good”
The Credit Agency Creditreform Wirtschaftsauskunftei Kubicki GK awarded KAMPER the creditworthiness index 197! In times of rising insolvency figures, KAMPER, being a family business in third generation, is of course proud to have been categorized and confirmed as economically reliable and sound company.
Kamper networking @ Park Hyatt Wien, Symposium „Hoteltrends“
Claus Jacobs Network and the journal „Hotelbau“ invited to the top-class hospitality networking event „Hoteltrends – Stars der Stadt Wien & International“ which took place in the Park Hyatt Vienna on 17th and 18th of November 2016. Being an internationally acting general contractor specialised in the construction, renovation and expansion of first-class hotels, our participants took high interest in the presentations of key-figures in the European Hospitality Business, of high-rank business representatives and architects as well as specialists in project development, investment and banking.
In a record time, KAMPER as GC with its crafts creates a new lounge area in the Grand Ferdinand Hotel, Vienna
It took no more than four and a half days for KAMPER to create a new, very stylish lounge area in the existing restaurant area. 17 craftsmen of 7 disciplines (metal workers, floor layer, cabinet maker, electricians, drywall builder and painter, upholsterer and tile layer) joined in – even the entire floor of the restaurant area was cleaned and re-oiled at the same time, with the project managing lady contributing all her weight…
Project manager Mag. Friederike Prassl resumes: “To achieve such a goal in less than one week’s time is only possible with a team on site working well coordinated and in precisely timed interaction. I am proud that KAMPER once again could demonstrate flexibility and speed as general contractor with its own team of craftsmen.”
Mountain adventure to the Zirbitzkogel
On October 8th, the worker’s council invited to the yearly hiking tour which this year led to the Zirbitzkogel. Nine ambitious KAMPER employees conquered the elements and climbed the summit of the 2376m high mountain in spite of wind and snow. While at the starting point, the Sabathyhütte (1.620m), temperatures were still moderate, they dropped to icy -3°C on the summit. Exhausted but proud to have mastered the ascent to the peak in these conditions, the team of mountaineers shared a hearty soup to warm up again before they happily and safely returned via the Winterleitenhütte.
KAMPER on the Road
From now on, two more trailers will carry our design through Europe. Bon voyage!
Kamper girls and boys proudly wear their Styrian leather pants and dirndl dresses – season’s final BBQ at Kamper’s
On one of these beautiful late summer days in September, KAMPER’s worker’s council once again invited for a BBQ afternoon. Some of our team showed up in their beautiful Styrian fashion. What a pleasant sight!
Work-Health-Balance @ KAMPER
With high-speed into the weekend…
CEOs Rafaela and Martin Kamper shared an exciting weekend with business partners and employees: It started in good spirits with a stroll through the historic city of Graz on Friday night with Styrian delicacies and wine tasting. On Saturday, the KAMPER team demonstrated their high-speed approach offside hotel projects: From zero to one-hundred in less than 4 seconds – possible with 330 PS in the 790kg light KTM X-Bow! Having experienced unique driving pleasure with the swift and flexible open KTM X-Bow the group took the helicopter, piloted by some themselves, in sensational weather conditions through the beautiful HOCHSteiermark mountainous landscape to the famous restaurant Steirereck am Pogusch. After a delicious meal, some continued with the Harley to the KAMPER mountain lodge. The day ended with relaxed mushroom picking which later accompanied as nice dish a fine BBQ. Sunday started with a hiking tour in the Zirbitzkogel area in fresh mountain air before everyone had to say goodbye.
What a perfect weekend for everyone!
Summer barbeque party 2016
On July 1st, the KAMPER’s works council invited to the yearly Summer Party on the premises. Sunny temperatures, delicious BBQ specialities and fine Styrian wine all had their share in a pleasant event that, for some, lasted well into the early hours of the next day.
I have a dream
An impressive evening of the Styriarte 2016 music festival under the patronage of KAMPER Handwerk+Bau. Karl Markovics, well known as main actor in Rusowitzky’s “The Counterfeiters”, read from the most powerful texts that have ever been written on the cause of freedom – Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Barack Obama. Accompanied by Gershwin, Strawinsky and Weill compositions it was an amazing and very inspiring evening.
More team building – Party boat trip on the Rhine
On Saturday 4th of June, 15 employees of Kamper and Sub-Contractors embarked on the AHOI Party Boat MW Rhein Energie. Floating along the beautiful panoramic scenery of Cologne and with formidable music they could recover from the strenuous last weeks and build up energy for the last and final intensive phase of the project.
KAMPER @ Businesslauf Graz
KAMPER’s workers‘ council invited the employees to participate in the Woche E-Businessmarthon on 12th of May 2016 close to the headquarter. In spite of unfavourable weather conditions, three highly motivated teams of 8 each mastered the distance of 42.195km. In the Nordic walking competition, the dedicated participants all covered their 5.257km.
Team building continuation – Bowling night in Cologne
Our Team in Cologne shows enthusiasm wherever they go: Lately Kamper’s project management team and colleagues from sub-companies met at a Bowling Center.
In their night out, the teams showed that they know how to combine fun and ambitious fight – two qualities that they will also prove to live in the upcoming weeks until mid of June, until when the 305 rooms, the public areas and conference halls will be refurbished.
Blind trust – team building evening in Cologne, March 2016
It was quite a surprise when, out of a sudden, the project team of the “Hotel Steigenberger Cologne” was picked up with a Karaoke-Taxi and taken to an undisclosed destination. It soon turned out that a “dinner in the dark” was about to take place in Germany’s first dark restaurant.
While the aperitif was served in dim candle light still, this was blown out once everyone was seated. The meal was served by a blind service crew, drinks had to be poured by the guests themselves. This not surprisingly caused some amusement. Within moments, the team had to develop trust in the neighbour and at the same time, not disturbed by visible influence, detected entirely new flavours in meals. And if someone had to leave the rooms he or she had to rely on a waitor to be taken and could not act on their own.
An exciting evening packed with new experiences!
Mandarin Oriental Munich – a culinary rendez-vouz between Bavaria an Japan to define highest standards anew
Where amazing luxury is decently shaped and precious materials and refined elegance come in pairs: KAMPER was awarded the renovation and redecoration works of the public areas in this 5* house which meant sophisticated demands, some of which only become apparent at second sight. The hotel in the very city centre of Munich which used to be a mill and is listed historical monument was renovated without interrupting ongoing business. Since the location did not allow for any storage or manipulation areas coordinating more than 20 companies who worked in parallel was an enormous task. Some 150 different materials were needed to renew floors, wall claddings, fire places, wall papers, ceilings and stairs. In line with Far Eastern tradition, real craftsmanship had to be provided. Computer-aided technology was not used for carving the delicate wooden panels and the surface of the reception desk was covered meticulously by gifted hands with duck-egg-shell in a historic manner. Hand-painted and hand-embroidered silk wall papers further represent oriental handcrafting.
Authorized officer and project Manager DI (FH) Markus Kleindienst MBA: “This renovation and refurbishment project was extraordinary for reasons of highest technical and design-related as well as organizational and coordinative challenges. We are proud that we mastered them all and are grateful about the confidence our Client had placed in us.”
© Mandarin Oriental
Successful repeat audit according to DIN ISO 9001:2008
In early March, the KAMPER Handwerk and Bau GmbH successfully passed the repeat audit according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008. The necessary review of processes, requirements and guidelines was carried out by the Quality Austria – Trainings, Zertifizierungs und Begutachtungs GmbH. Since its implementation in 1998, the Quality Management System of KAMPER is object of continuous development and improvement. The successful re-certification gives evidence of our company’s endeavour to comply with internationally recognized quality standards.
Martin Kamper, MSc (CEO): „Our many years of experience in project management and the resulting competence in linking all single crafts involved in interior fittings make us the ideal partner, no matter how big or small the project is. With this certification we ensure that our customers can rely on ISO 9001 certified quality work in their construction projects.“
KAMPER … mastering your project!
Grand opening of the Casino Salzburg in Klessheim Castle
On Friday evening (March 18th, 2016) the KAMPER team together with more than 1,500 guests celebrated the reopening of the renovated and expanded new casino in Salzburg. In this 14.3 million Euro project, KAMPER was commissioned as general contractor for the renovation and expansion of the site without interrupting ongoing business.
In total, over 200 people in more than 135,000 working hours were engaged in building the additions on the west facade and the fire protection and accessibility works. On the busiest construction day in October 2015, more than 100 construction workers were working simultaneously. 50,000 meters of cable, 2,597 m² of carpet and 550 m2 tiled floors were laid, 1,100 m² of wall covering replaced, 750 m³ of wood, 11,600 m² gypsum board and 18 tons of steel girders installed.
Authorized officer Dipl.-Wirtschaftsing. (FH) Franz Ruzicka: “Without interrupting casino business and in perfect cooperation with the architects, the national heritage office and other project partners, KAMPER succeeded to get the Casino Salzburg in Klessheim Palace into shape for the future. And we are naturally proud!”
KAMPER … mastering your project!
KAMPER Christmas Party 2015 in the Mandarin Oriental Munich
On 17th of December 2015 the entire KAMPER crew made a journey to Munich to celebrate a successful year’s end. With two busses, the team first visited the Casino Salzburg in Klessheim Castle which had only just been refurbished by KAMPER to go on to Munich and visit the Christkindlmarkt. The Christmas party took place in Germany’s unique Nobu Matsuhisa Restaurant in the 5* Mandarin Oriental. Joyful celebrations went on far into the night. In the next morning the team took a short stroll through the city centre, went on the the BMW World Munich to enjoy both cars and architecture and journeyed home at the end of another exciting day!
Rafting Salza September 2015
On our Company Outing on 3 September 2015, more than 40 KAMPER employees were lucky enough to went for a half-day rafting trip at the Rafting Camp Palfau , followed by afternoon barbecue. Here you can see some impressions of the company event: