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University of Giessen

University of Giessen, 1878-1879

As early as 1878, just five years after the formation of the company, Philipp and Balthasar Helfmann managed to get their first major order: the construction of the University of Giessen. This is even more remarkable if you take into account that HOCHTIEF’s founding fathers began with just a small brickyard, a carpentry warehouse, and a fleet of horse-drawn vehicles. The young entrepreneurs completed the building in just one year, to the complete satisfaction of their client