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The Burk Group sees itself as a specialist for building technology and exteriors. Its activities are split evenly between the three areas of walls and roofs, electrical installations, and plumbing and heating. The company has been active in the building industry in its home region around Lake Constance and southern Bavaria since 1927 and is one of the largest building contractors in the region.

“We are a dominant presence in the market and have no direct competitors able to match us in terms of the breadth of our service portfolio or technical competence,” says Managing Director Florian Burk, who represents the third generation of the Burk family at the head of the company. “Friedrich Burk was actually my great-grandfather, but the succession skipped the generation before me,” adds Mr. Burk, who has worked in the family business since 2012 and officially took over as Managing Director in November of last year.

He has assumed the reins of a company in rude health with annual turnover of 30 million EUR and a workforce numbering 230 employees. The group comprises Friedrich Burk GmbH + Co. KG, elektro stotz GmbH + Co. KG and sepp schlegel e.K. A 50% share in the two family businesses was acquired by the Friedrich Burk company in 1973 with the remaining shares bought in 2009 to create the Burk Group.

Through the three operating companies, the group is able to offer a comprehensive portfolio of building services. elektro stotz has been installing electrical wiring and systems in buildings since 1939. Today, the company offers its expertise as a regionally-based provider of sophisticated electrical installations, IT networks, building automation and telecommunications hardware.

The subsidiary sepp schlegel specializes in building security systems. Its areas of expertise cover fire alarms, intruder alarms, access control and time stamp systems, closed circuit video and lift emergency call systems.

One of the company’s more recent projects in the area of building exteriors was a project for HAWE Kaufbeuren completed in September of last year. It was a major project involving the supply and installation of approximately 40,000 m² of sheet metal roofing elements as well as a rainwater drainage system and fall protection measures.

In addition, it was contracted to cover the roof of a break pavilion for employees in standing seam metal sheeting. “In this case, the roof covering’s primary purpose was functional rather than decorative,” says Mr. Burk. “However, we can also take on projects where a decorative appearance is just as important as performance.”

A good example is the administration building for the recycling company ZMS in Schwandorf. The curved roof presented a particular challenge, which the Burk Group’s experienced fitters mastered with ease.

Another striking building reference is the project carried out for Knecht Maschinenbau GmbH in Bergatreue. Here, the Burk Group supplied and installed thermal panels for the interior and exterior walls and finished off the exterior in a highly technical curved façade made from polished standing seam metal panels.

Exteriors provide the most spectacular illustrations of the Burk Group’s expertise; however, its less visible areas of activity also have a big impact on the day-to-day lives of the people inhabiting the spaces it helps to create.

Effective heating and ventilation systems are vital for worker comfort and productivity. Achieving the ideal climate inside a modern, open plan office with large expanses of glass letting in the sun can be difficult. However, the Burk Group offers a range of different options and is well-versed in planning individual solutions.

“As an independent contractor, we are not tied to any particular manufacturer and can choose the solution that best meets our customer’s needs,” says Mr. Burk. “We offer expertise in the latest sustainable heating technology including solar panels and heat pumps.”

Another key advantage for customers is the fact that the Burk Group can offer a comprehensive portfolio of services under one roof. This greatly simplifies work on-site because it is able to coordinate the various trades internally rather than externally.

The Burk Group’s activities are largely confined to its home region of southern Germany, although it also generates around 5% of its turnover from projects in Austria and Switzerland. “We have the potential to carry out projects abroad and have done so in the past in Africa and the Middle East,” says Mr. Burk. “This is an area with potential for the future but only if it can be done in a sustainable way.”

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