“Dirty” Business

ara region bern ag, Bern (Switzerland)

ARA stands for Abwasserreinigungsanlage, “wastewater treatment plant,” making it clear that its business is the purification of dirty water. It is one of the largest and most complex wastewater treatment plants in Switzerland. As a complement to its core business, the ARA also produces renewable energy, generating carbon- neutral biomethane from biogenic waste and sewage sludge, then converting it into resource-saving electricity as well as fuel for city buses. In the newly created service building, the dual mission of wastewater purification and energy efficiency is on impressive display. Constructed according to the Minergie-Peco standard, the building is made entirely from naturally degradable materials. The rooms are bright, and the ceilings are high; the room temperature is comfortable. And the furniture plays its part as well. Since the 1970s, ARA has depended on USM Modular Furniture. Thanks to its sustainability values, fits perfectly within an environmentally conscious company. The shelves in matte silver and the tables in pearl gray laminate harmonize beautifully with the modern architecture. The height-adjustable USM Kitos tables are in constant use and contribute to the well being of the most important resource in every company – its employees.

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