The principle contractor of the U5 project is the Berliner Verkehrs- betriebe (BVG). Projektrealisierungs GmbH, a subsidiary 100% owned by the BVG, was contracted to directly manage construction in 2014 and now since 01.01.2020 does business under the name BVG PROJECT GMBH. This powerhouse team of about 20 experts, with a sum total of 150 years of underground rail construction experience is the reason we will see a successful start of operations by the end of 2020. In the future, the BVG Project Team will be available for other specialized infrastructure projects, for example, the restoration of the Waisentunnel between the U5 and the U8 at Alexanderplatz.
Jörg Seegers is managing director of engineering at the BVG Projekt GmbH. From January 2014 until January 2020, when the name of the GmbH was changed, he was managing director of engineering at the Projektrealisierungs GmbH U5.
From 1992, he worked at CDM Consult GmbH in Bochum and was lead project manager for geotechnology and planning in the geotechnology/underground civil engineering department.
Seegers moved to the Berlin offices of CDM Consult GmbH in 2005, where he headed the infrastructure/geotechnology department.
His work at CDM particularly involved geotechnical consulting in the fields of underground civil engineering, soil and foundation engineering, tunnel construction and foundation investigation. Alongside numerous underground civil engineering methods, he was chiefly involved in diaphragm wall and jet injection methods, grouting technique and vibrometry.
As a geotechnical expert and adviser, he worked on construction projects including urban railway construction in Bochum, the north-south urban railway in Cologne, the Irlahüll tunnel, Deutsche Bahn projects and BBI Berlin Brandenburg airport. Seegers also acted as a geotechnical consultant on tunnel projects outside Germany.
Since 1997, Seegers has contributed to many construction projects in Berlin, for example the production of the excavation pits for the new buildings for the German parliament, the Tiergarten tunnel and the first project section of the U5 extension.
In April 2010, he became project manager of the U5 gap closure construction project run by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).
Seegers is a member of the North Rhine-Westphalia chamber of civil engineers.
He received his degree in engineering geology from Clausthal University of Technology.
Jörg Seegers was born on 20 May 1962 in Göttingen and has two children.
Ute Bonde is the managing director of finance at BVG Projekt GmbH.
She also heads the legal department at the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).
In 2012, her legal department at the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe was a Juve Award nominee for the best in-house legal team in Germany. Bonde is a member on the legal committee of the Association of German Transport Companies.
From 1995, she worked in the Berlin Senate Department of Finance, where she was responsible in a number of roles for restitution and compensation for Jewish assets and public property.
She moved to the Berlin state Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues in 2005. There, she assumed legal and functional responsibility for public bodies in the state of Berlin and thus also the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe. Until 2015, at which time Berlinwasser Beteiligungs GmbH was merged to form the Berlinwasser Holding GmbH, Ms. Bonde was also managing director at Berlinwasser Beteiligungs GmbH.
Ute Bonde studied law at the University of Bonn. After working as an adviser in the official administration of the German parliament, she completed her probationary training period in Cologne. Bonde acquired her business administration expertise in St Gallen/Switzerland.
Ute Bonde was born on 9 March 1967 in Aachen. She is married with three children.
The organisational structure of the U5 gap closure construction project is mentioned in the final report issued by the Major Projects Reform Commission, published by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, as an example of project organisation with a project company.
Excerpt from the report (p. 76): The project company must ‘ensure that critical issues are effectively addressed actively, promptly, with the necessary expertise and experience within the project and not a higher-level organisation’.