Oberhauser & Schedler Structural and Civil Engineering

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Oberhauser & Schedler had been founded in 1929 by Jakob Oberhauser. In the Seventies his son Josef merged with master builder Ludwig Schedler, whose son Werner Schedler took over in 1993. The young and artistically inspired builder pushed the fusion of building construction and civil and structural engineering, bringing the company’s knowledge in technology and design to par. Since raw materials were available in the region in the company’s own gravel plant and a nearby stone quarry, he was able to realise buildings and projects with a careful, natural approach. These constructions include ski lifts, bridges, power plants, roads, squares, houses und residential homes, as well as commercial and industrial buildings. Its strategy to always look for versatile, complex and flexible solutions has allowed this medium-sized regional construction company to compete with big international players in the industry even on a global level. In 2016, Michael Pircher took over the management.

Construction sites as workshops  

The company with its 90 employees is located in Andelsbuch on a 10,000 m² plot. At Oberhauser & Schedler Bau, construction sites are just as much a part of the workshop as the company building itself. The temporary set-up of a construction site with all its technical equipment and supply systems is the on-site manifestation of the elaborate planning and organisation that underlies a construction project. The company, relying on technical and practical knowledge and skill, meets the ever-increasing degree of machine integration with a fleet of state-of-the-art equipment. Through the tripartite training of apprentices (vocational school, in-house, building academy), the knowledge acquired through experience and practice is passed on from person to person and thus secured for future generations. Supporting young people in their career orientation in the Werkraumschule Bregenzerwald serves as an opportunity to present and promote the profession. Within the company, each step of the workflow is seen through a holistic lens.

Production technology includes the right selection and processing of the formwork (carpenter’s milling machine), the adequate reinforcement and concrete mixture (aggregates and separating agents), the pouring in and careful shaking, and it ends with the final surfacing.

Fair-faced concrete is one of the company’s focal points and flagship products. The high standards applied to material quality and execution are reflected in sophisticated, experimental formwork and production technology.
It begins with the right selection and processing of the formwork (carpenter’s milling machine), the adequate reinforcement and concrete mixture (aggregates and separating agents), the pouring in and careful shaking, and it ends with the final surface processing (sandblasting, dry
grinding, washing out). In all this, a lot of decisions — based on special skills — have to be made. The beauty of an exposed concrete wall lies in both its appearance and feel — the result of carefully executed processes, bearing witness to the knowledge and skill of the craftsmen behind it. Openness to experimenting with architects, designers and artists led to award-winning private, public, commercial and industrial buildings. All of them are documented in the company’s own archive. Clearly, there is a strong team behind this visionary and responsible player in the construction industry.