YIT signs contract to build multipurpose building in Finland

WCN Editorial Team 26 Aug 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Finnish construction company YIT has signed a contract with the City of Kerava, Finland, for the construction of the €36m Keravanjoki multipurpose building.

The new building will replace Lapila and Jaakkola buildings of Keravanjoki comprehensive school, which will be demolished and will accommodate 1,000 students, when complete.

With more than 10,000m² of floor area, the new building will have its own kitchen with capacity to prepare 3,000 meals per day. The building is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021.

Taking the role of a contractor in the project, YIT’s share is about €25m. After the city of Kerava has decided to construct the Keravanjoki building, the project is being implemented on a cooperative alliance model, where the client, the contractors and the designers form a single project organisation.

The alliance will include the City of Kerava (client), Lukkaroinen Architects, Granlund (technical building systems design), Granlund Consulting (energy efficiency consulting) and Caverion Finland (technical building systems implementation). Additionally, the alliance includes YIT Finland and WSP Finland.

The development phase of the project began last spring. During the development stage, different user groups were involved in the design process and inputs from them were taken in the project plan.

YIT claims that the new building has been designed to let the residents use the premises in diverse ways during evenings and school holidays. Learning environments have been touted to have designed to support the new curriculum and different teaching methods.

Granlund design manager Vikke Niskanen said: “From a designer’s point of view, the Kerava multipurpose building project is a great example of the alliance contracting model. All alliance parties jointly seek high-quality solutions within the project budget.

“Having a technical building systems contractor in the alliance team ensures that cooperation in matters related to technical building systems is seamless and cost-efficient.

“Energy efficiency is at the heart of the design of the multipurpose building. A new kind of energy supply model has been developed in the project, with Keravan Energia as the service provider.”

Lukkaroinen Architects architect Timo Leiviskä said: “In the alliance model, all designers, builders and users can have a say in the development of design solutions.

“All the parties share a common goal, which is to build a functional, high-quality multipurpose building that meets the client’s requirements and serves the residents of Kerava in many ways.

“This multipurpose building will be an important public building and a community centre providing not only modern learning facilities but also a platform for diverse recreational activities. It is important that the building is accessible to all and people will be able to think that the building belongs to the community.”


Image: Visualisation of the interior of the Keravanjoki building. Photo: Courtesy of YIT Corporation.

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