How to eat plain hard bread

Anyone who has to solve cross-sectional tasks eats hard bread

The canton's directorates themselves have control over their premises. The real estate office doesn't even have access to the data. But now the government is on the books.

The significance of a press release from the State Chancellery is not always immediately apparent. On Thursday, the government announced that cantonal property management would be subjected to an in-depth review. Its main task is to control building construction investments as well as the efficient and sustainable provision of space for administration. "The fulfillment of this task is impaired," it is then determined.

External Consulant

The reason lies in the strong fragmentation of real estate management. According to the government, investments in building construction are booked by around 70 asset accounting officers distributed across all directorates. The aim of the review is to improve the profitability and cooperation of the institutions, to achieve savings, to eliminate duplication and to build up a central database so that the government can control the ship more reliably. Since there are “different interests within the administration”, an external specialist is commissioned.

The review remains a matter for the boss. In addition to the expert, the project oversight includes four members of the government, those responsible for construction, finance, education and health. It's about a lot: the real estate in the administrative assets - school buildings, prisons, hospitals, without which the canton cannot function - have an area of ​​3.5 million square meters and a book value of around 4 billion Swiss francs, according to the building management. Almost half are used for education, 23 percent for the health system, 13 percent for the cantonal administration, 6 percent for the police, and 5 percent are prisons.

But what is not going well? Building director Markus Kägi will be more specific on request. As a follow-up to renovation package 04, a new real estate office was created in 2005. After five years of experience, weak points have now been identified. "Everything is just bogged down," said Kägi. The real estate office does not even have access to the data of the individual directorates.

Today they dispose of their properties like owners. The aim of the review is to find a model that is best suited for the canton. A change to the tenant model would mean that the administration takes place centrally in the real estate office and the directorates have to register their needs there. No wonder, there are internal administrative interests facing each other: The directorates do not want to be persuaded.


It sounds familiar. There are similar problems in computer science and human resources, which also provide services for the entire administration. As a member of the business audit commission, Gabriela Winkler (fdp., Oberglatt) spoke in plain language in 2007. The offices entrusted with cross-sectional tasks would have a difficult life. The personnel office encountered massive resistance in the directorates when the personnel controlling was introduced, she said at the time. The administration still consists of individual principalities with walls around them.

Apparently little has changed in that regard. There is one difference: The criticism of human resources was a by-product of parliamentary clarifications on various departures from the economics directorate. The building management defends itself on its own initiative for their real estate office, so that it can also do its job.