Great projects are carried out in collaboration:
Tampere University of Technology’s Kampusareena building, Tampere, Finland
The Kampusareena building of Tampere University of Technology represents a modern teaching facility that brings together students, researchers, and companies. The complex houses a library that, together with lobbies, open learning environments, and cafés and restaurants, forms an extensive open-plan space. AINS Group’s acoustical engineers used architectural acoustics modelling to study the way sound would travel around the space, enabling designers to optimise the selection of sound-absorbing materials and fabrics.
The building boasts an auditorium too, which has received praise for excellent acoustics that allow the person speaking to be heard by those in the back row without the need for sound systems.
Cost: 38 million euros
Gross floor area: 15,500 m²
Tampere’s newest tower block and landmark, Luminary, will consist of two components: an eight-storey building and a 22-storey tower. A parking facility will be built beneath the yard area.
Luminary will house residential and business premises, complete with parking places. The project involves the use of structures for several particularly challenging designs.
Cost: 85 million euros (estimate)
Gross floor area: 18,000 m²
Projected completion: 2019
Kaarina Hall, Kaarina
Kaarina Hall is a meeting place for local residents. Its main user is the town’s library. In addition to the library, Kaarina Hall houses an auditorium that hosts a wide range of cultural events, from lectures to chamber music concerts.
Our acoustical design solutions created excellent acoustics in the concert hall while maintaining the library as a quiet space. They also enabled the harmonious coexistence of the music hall and an open-plan office area.
Cost: 8.6 million euros
Floor area: 3,500 m²
Tampere Hall, Tampere
The project for extension and renovation of 1990’s Tampere Hall involved radical changes in the functions of this concert and congress centre. In the project, a 400-seat conference room, which can be divided in two, was constructed, along with a 230-seat studio-style auditorium and rehearsal premises for Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. Also, a new Moomin Museum was built.
Because of the tight schedule for the first stage of the project, the extension had to be light in structure while taking into account traffic noise in the area. In the design of the soundproofing, particular attention was paid to the positioning of the extension, which was built partly above and between existing structures, and to the main maintenance route, which passes underneath the building.
Cost: 12.6 million euros
Net internal area: 6,300 m²
Metso main library, Tampere
Built in 1986, Metso, the internationally renowned Tampere main library, is an important feature of the local cityscape. Because of its irregular shape, the library’s structures are varied, and each is unique. Back in 1978, the entry by architects Raili and Reima Pietilä won in a design competition arranged for the city’s new main library.
This building was renovated in four stages, the last of which was completed in 2017. In conjunction with the renovation, the library’s functions and acoustic properties were brought up to date and adapted to meet the needs of current activities. In addition, the basement space was converted to library use.
Cost: 11.5 million euros
Gross floor area: 11,160 m²
Completion: 1986, 2017
Lempäälä Hall is the spearhead of Nova Lempäälä, the municipal centre’s development project. Lempäälä Hall is a structural entity that is home to a new main library, municipal and church service and office premises, a youth centre, a restaurant, a summer kiosk, and rental office and business premises, along with a 300-car parking facility.
Because of the diverse functions and spaces it houses and construction work underway on the surrounding plots, the complex presents a challenging work site in terms of timetables and logistics. The complex is connected at several points to a pedestrian and cycling bridge that crosses the railway and to a pedestrian and cycling route that runs amid the buildings, presenting additional challenges.
Cost: 29 million euros (estimate)
Gross floor area: 18,600 m²
Projected completion: 2020
Housing company As. Oy Jätkäsaaren Lakeanpuisto
This six-storey block of flats being built in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki, will also contain a parking facility to be constructed partly beneath the building. The property features a curved module network, sloping roofs, and several structurally challenging solutions. Most parts of the building’s frame are made of concrete, but the attic and roofing structures feature laminated veneer lumber also.
The work was carried out as a modelling project realised with the Tekla Structures software.
Cost: 12 million euros
Floor area: 6,950 m²
Projected completion: 2019
Scandic Helsinki Airport
A hotel with 150 rooms was designed and built in an old office building located at Helsinki Airport. Its location between the Hilton Helsinki Airport hotel and Terminal 2 makes it an ideal option for travellers staying the night. It is also located close to a railway station. The hotel is connected to the terminal by a covered walkway.
In the design, particular attention was paid to damp control. Because of the air traffic noise, the project involved challenging acoustics requirements.
The design and construction project was complicated by the fact that several functions, including aerial navigation, health services, and police operations, were active on the premises throughout the project. Of the old structures, only the load-bearing elements and the building envelope were preserved.
Floor area: 8,199 m²
Heinsuo school, Hollola
Hollola’s Heinsuo school is one of the first schools in Finland to apply an open learning environment model. AINS Group designed the school’s acoustic solutions, thereby contributing to the creation of much-needed guidelines for acoustical design of open learning environments.
The work was carried out as a life-cycle project.
A central part of the acoustic solution was formed by a sound-masking system, which reduces noise distractions over large distances. This marks the first time that a sound-masking system has been introduced for a school environment.
Cost: 16.3 million euros
Gross floor area: 8,800 m²
SAMK campus, Pori
The campus of the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) in Pori is made up of a new building and a renovated one. This complex houses modern teaching premises, including open learning environments and laboratory spaces.
Because the entirety of the new building serves as a learning environment, particular attention was paid to architectural acoustics and measures for preventing noise from spreading. This building also features a multipurpose hall used for sporting and other events.
Cost: 40 million euros
Gross floor area: 31,000 m²
Arvo 2, Tampere
The new extension to the University of Tampere’s School of Medicine, Arvo 2, offers teaching and research facilities to Tampere University of Applied Sciences and Tampere University of Technology. About a third of the building’s area is occupied by laboratory premises and hospital demo premises that contain noise-emitting and vibration-sensitive equipment.
The building’s architectural solution is based on high and spacious lobbies that make the space light and airy. Lectures, seminars, and talks are held in these areas, which serve as open learning environments. They also offer students and staff spaces to relax in. A desire for adaptability and openness of the spaces guided all aspects of the acoustical engineering for this modern campus building.
Cost: 67 million euros
Gross floor area: 24,700 m²
Lappeenranta University of Technology
The Lappeenranta University of Technology building dating from the 1970s was renovated. Parts of the building were demolished, with a new frame built. A spectacular glass cube was constructed in the middle of the old building.
The design work was performed via data modelling. Particular attention was paid to stability analyses related to the extensive demolition work.
Cost: 35 million euros
Floor area: 21,000 m²
Stage 1 of Future Hospital 2030 for Oulu University Hospital, Oulu
The Oulu University Hospital project involves the construction of new buildings and the demolition of those that have reached the end of their service life. The construction will take place in several stages, and, in addition to the hospital area, the project will involve areas in Oulaskangas-Visala and Tahkokangas.
The first stage of Future Hospital 2030 encompasses renovation of the women and children’s hospital and construction of the first new buildings for the Ydinsairaala hospital. These new buildings, which are to replace the old ones, will be connected to the main hospital.
The hospital will continue to operate throughout the project.
Cost: 168 million euros (estimate)
Gross floor area: 27,000 m² for the children’s and women’s hospital, 19,200 m² for Ydinsairaala
Projected completion: 2022
Järvenpää Social and Healthcare Centre (JUST), Järvenpää
Järvenpää’s new Social and Healthcare Centre (JUST) was honoured for being the world’s best data modelling project in 2016.
A new IPD collaboration model was used for the project, with the parties to the contract being the client, the design team, and the construction company.
The project was realised between 2013 and 2016.
Järvenpää’s JUST was the winner of the Tekla Global BIM Awards in 2016. The complex was granted a LEED Gold environmental certificate in 2017.
Cost: 41 million euros
Gross floor area: 14,000 m²
Hospital building T3, Turku
Southwest Finland Hospital District’s building T3 will be situated
in connection with Turku’s T Hospital. It will be built over a railway and road. The construction of the level over the railway and road is expected to take 15 months. Building of the hospital will commence once the work on the level has progressed to an appropriate stage.
The project is programmed for 2015 to 2019.
Cost: 157 million euros (estimate)
Gross floor area: approx. 53,600 m² for the new building, approx. 9,010 m² for the level over the railway and road
Projected completion: 2020
Lahti City Hospital
A structure built in the 1950s, the hospital was extended in the 1970s and will now be renovated. The design will be performed by means of data modelling.
Two new steel-framed air-conditioning technical rooms will be built above the 1970s extension. The buildings’ roof structures will be replaced, and the plinths’ waterproofing will be repaired. Internal structures will be dismantled, leaving the frame, and changes will be made in line with space requirements.
Cost: 42 million euros (estimate)
Gross floor area: 25,000 m²
Projected completion: 2019
Tampere University Hospital renovation project 2020, Tampere
The area of Tampere University Hospital will have a new form by 2020. In the initial stages of the project, new, additional buildings will be constructed. Later, the old hospital wings will be renovated. Also, the project will involve the design of any other buildings and areas decided on in the project-planning stage.
Gross floor area: 72,000 m²
Cost: 220 million euros
Tampere University Hospital renovation project 2020: D building, Tampere
Tampere University Hospital’s new D building will be opened in 2020. The building will house a new interventional radiology unit, which will bring expertise in vascular surgery and interventional radiology under one roof. Using the latest technology, interventional radiologists can perform minimally invasive image-guided procedures, avoiding the need for invasive surgery.
The D building will also house maternity and neonatal wards. In addition, the outpatient clinic, ward, and operating theatres for musculoskeletal diseases will be located in this building. The hospital’s new main lobby too will be in the building.
Cost: 90 million euros
Gross floor area: 37,000 m²
Projected completion: 2019
Tampere University Hospital renovation project 2020, N building, Tampere
The N building, which houses Tampere University Hospital’s heart centre, is part of the hospital’s yard-area project and, in combination with the D and L buildings and the AP parking facility, will form a complex of new buildings.
The Heart Hospital treats patients who require cardiological treatment or cardiothoracic surgery. It is a full-service hospital that operates 24/7.
Cost: 30 million euros
Gross floor area: 13,800 m²
Tampere University Hospital renovation project 2020, L building, Tampere
The L building, which houses the entity’s centre for children and adolescents, is part of Tampere University Hospital’s yard-area project. In combination with the D and N buildings and the AP parking facility, it will form a complex of new buildings.
The majority of services for children and adolescents will be centralised in this building, which will offer outpatient and inpatient care for both physical and mental problems.
Cost: 45 million euros
Gross floor area: 16,000 m²
Projected completion: 2019
A Tampere property that used to house an Anttila department store was converted into multi-user office premises for which particular attention was paid to good acoustics. Partitions, carpets, sound-dampening wall and ceiling materials, and a sound-masking system were used as acoustics solutions. In addition, the space features several meeting and call-taking rooms.
Gross floor area: 2,700 m²
Saimaa Stadium, Mikkeli
Mikkeli’s Saimaa Stadium is a multipurpose complex for sports, events, and culture. It comprises a multipurpose hall, a two-storey area with meeting and training premises, and a lobby and café space that connects the arena with the ice stadium.
The complex also houses the Active Live Lab of South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences XAMK, which offers a unique research and development environment for data-based wellbeing services. This laboratory built in connection with the stadium adds a new dimension to XAMK’s research, development, and innovation activities and supports health promotion in the region.
Cost estimate: 18 million euros
Floor area: 11,000 m²