We are Dorsch
Our company history
The beginning of an era
After the Second World War Dorsch was founded in Munich. In the autumn of 1950 Dorsch joins up with the architectural firm of Klaus Gehrmann in Kaiserslautern and becomes the largest contractor for construction projects of the U.S. troops in Germany. Dorsch-Gehrmann is involved in building the Ramstein Air Base, for example (image: works on the auditorium designed by Dorsch-Gehrmann).
Dorsch goes international
The activities of the young company soon spread to other countries. Dorsch quickly accepts international contracts like this one in Iraq, where soil investigations are carried out for the construction of an expressway. International orientation is still a key characteristic of the company today.
Entry into pipeline and industrial engineering
In the mid 1950s Dorsch also becomes active in the civil sector, for example for the expansion of motorways, and also with technically challenging large-scale projects such as the laying of an oil pipeline in Wilhelmshafen.
An international Group
Dorsch grows rapidly in the 1960s. By the end of the decade the company has around 500 employees operating worldwide. The head office is in Munich, but local offices are often set up for large foreign projects, for instance in Beirut, Baghdad, Kuwait or Barcelona. The connecting link for all employees is the Dorsch Report which is published from 1969 on. It comes in two languages and covers the international activities of the Dorsch company – some reports are humorous as well, with their own illustrations (image: excerpt from Dorsch Report 1973).
Exciting large-scale projects
Wherever complex construction work is to be done, Dorsch is involved, like here during surveying work for the Munich Olympic Stadium in 1972.
The company is now active almost all over the world, but at the same time it is also vulnerable to regional political crises: when the First Gulf War between Iraq and Iran breaks out in 1980 the Iraq business comes to a complete standstill for Dorsch – large-scale projects in which the company specialises demand a stable political situation in the respective country.
Whether on the equator or at the South Pole – Dorsch realises major projects everywhere
In 1981 the Dorsch project furthest from any civilisation is completed: the Georg-von-Neumayer-Station on Atka Bay. It is the first wintering station of the Federal Republic of Germany in Antarctica – made possible by Dorsch.
New markets in the Far East
While some markets disappear, others gain in importance: in 1985 the first major project in Thailand is completed – the Gas Plant Project Khao Bo Ya. By the end of the decade, further gas terminals are built under Dorsch consulting and engineering services. In 1987 Dorsch sets up its own branch in Abu Dhabi – today one of the largest foreign subsidiaries.
A major project for a new era
In 1990 the Communist Bloc in Eastern Europe collapses. Infrastructure and many housing estates in Eastern Europe are in a disastrous condition, the new governments bring foreign companies into their countries for support. Dorsch is awarded the contract for the construction of 45,000 apartments at 33 sites in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
With the downturn in the construction industry at the end of the 1990s Dorsch is taken over by the French Group EGIS. Key project activities during these years are practically on the doorstep, with Dorsch managing the infrastructure development for the new Allianz-Arena and the upgrade of Munich Airport. There is, however, no sustained recovery with no perspectives for long-term major projects and so, in 2005, the company is acquired and realigned by Hoffmann Röder Hochbau GmbH.
A city in the desert
Large-scale projects, mastering extreme structural challenges as well as international orientation have always been part of the DNA of Dorsch – and with the project “Lusail City“ all of these strengths come together. This is where Dorsch is erecting an entire city in the desert. For Lusail City in the northeast of Doha, 3,500 hectares of waterfront are being turned into a city that will one day be home to around 450,000 people – including commercial and residential areas with open spaces and parks.
The biggest contract in the company’s history
Qatar is booming, but it also faces major challenges. The aim is to lead the country into a post-oil future. To this end, infrastructure is being expanded and modernised. Ports, schools, health, sports and leisure facilities and public amenities are being built. The obvious partner for all of these tasks is Dorsch. This is the biggest contract in the company’s history..