The largest retail and entertainment centre in the Finnish city of Tampere will open its doors in the Ratina district. The shopping centre consists of three separate buildings – Ratinan Kulma, Ranta-Ratina, and the newly built Ratina – which will house more than 140 businesses in an area covering 53,000 m². This large-scale project is significant to AINS Group and Sponda, the developer, as well as the City of Tampere and its residents. The project partners made a strong commitment to the shared goals, and, as a result of their concerted efforts, the new centre is slated for completion as planned.
In retail centre projects, sticking to the schedule is essential because the centre has to be opened within a specific time window for it to be commercially viable. Large projects, particularly shopping centres, are challenging with regard to the budget and schedule because the details of the project only become clear as the work progresses.
‘As a result of collaboration between AINS Group and Sponda, Ratina will be completed on time and will meet all the quality criteria set for it. The main thing for us is to ensure that our customers will be able to move to their new premises as agreed and we can fulfil our promise. The project costs have also pretty much remained within the investment framework,’ explains Sponda’s Senior Vice President Veli-Pekka Tanhuanpää.
We tackled all the challenges and risks together. Success like this is possible only when all parties, regardless of company or role, pull together and work towards a joint goal. Everybody must keep an eye on the ball, and that’s where we’ve succeeded.
AINS Group’s strong expertise and the seamless collaboration between the parties contributed to successful troubleshooting
The Ratina project was challenging not only because of its size but also because of the location and ground conditions. The new facility is located in the city centre, which meant having to change the route of one street. The project also involved work in the immediate vicinity of the central bus station and underneath it. In addition, an important transport route, the ring road that encircles the city, runs close to the worksite, and it was essential to keep traffic running smoothly. The expertise of AINS Group’s street and traffic engineers and the geotechnical and foundation engineering teams played a considerable part in finding solutions for these challenges.
In addition, Sponda is extremely happy with the work performed by AINS Group’s structural engineering unit. The project involved various structural challenges, such as the design of 30 metres of tensioned bridge structures.
‘For us, it was important that AINS Group’s structural engineering team was based in Tampere. They were on hand to help with any problems that cropped up and needed to be resolved quickly,’ explains Tanhuanpää.
Ratina constitutes AINS Group’s largest construction management project to date. With the work divided into several smaller projects, the number of subcontractors with a direct contractual relationship to the developer was high. This resulted in specific challenges for construction and project management.
‘We acted as an extra pair of hands and offered additional brain power to the developer. We succeeded in solving challenges related to the complex foundation requirements and other technical problems in collaboration with the developer,’ explains Unto Hartikainen, AINS Group’s director of construction management.
The key to success is open communications with the client, particularly in projects that are as complex and as extensive as this. Trust emerges as the work progresses, and it is strengthened when any problems or challenges that emerge are addressed successfully.
A vibrant city centre is a pull factor for the entire region
Tampere is among Finland’s most attractive cities, and the new Ratina centre will contribute to its draw and growth. The goal for the project was to bring the underdeveloped Ratina district to life and liven up the southern part of the city centre. Offering a boost to the local economy and business scene, the new shopping centre will also contribute to the creation of new jobs in the region.
‘Businesses have shown great interest in the rental premises, and we have already found tenants for all the bigger spaces. We are pleased about having succeeded in attracting new companies to the Tampere region. More than a third of the businesses coming to Ratina are new operators in Tampere,’ says Tanhuanpää.
The joint project resulted in a vibrant addition to Tampere’s urban environment and culture that will act as a pull factor for the entire region.
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Hämppi parking facility, Tampere, Finland
The award-winning P-Hämppi is an engineering tour de force that meets all the user requirements for an underground parking facility with regard to usability and convenience. Upon completion, P-Hämppi became Europe’s most modern parking facility.
We acted as the principal consultant for the project. In addition, we were responsible for the project’s construction management; expert and local supervision; and geotechnical, rock, HVAC, traffic, and structural engineering, as well as the principal-designer activities in the initial stages.
The parking facility is designed for 900 vehicles.
Gross floor area: 200,000 m²
Cost: 70 million euros
Awards: The 2013 EPA European Parking Award, the Lighting Project of the Year 2013 Award, and the 2012 Pirkanmaan Y-teko Award in civil engineering
Merikasarmi building, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Helsinki, Finland
Merikasarmi, the main building of Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which is located in Helsinki’s Katajanokka, will be renovated between 2017 and 2022. The renovation is carried out as Senate Properties’ key project alliance. The Ministry’s property consists of several buildings built between 1825 and 1838 along with newer buildings completed in 1984. Because of the property’s unique characteristics, the project involves several special requirements, such as high-level security systems, the need to carry out the transfer in stages, restrictions set by the Finnish Heritage Agency, and the need to update building services while preserving the features of the old buildings
Information on the project:
- Gross floor area, approx. 26,000 m²
- Total cost, approx. 50 million euros
Scandic Hotel Simonkenttä, Helsinki
The project involved the renovation and extension of the hotel’s building services and 360 guest rooms, carried out under a project management contract. As part of its push to update its concept, Scandic is building a new conference centre in this flagship hotel.
For the parts that have been completed to date, the project has stayed on budget without compromising quality. Our design management activities have succeeded in all areas. As a third of the hotel rooms are in use throughout the project, special attention has to be paid to fire compartmentation and other safety measures. Not a single complaint has been submitted about the renovation during the project.
Information on the project:
- To be completed in 2018
- Gross floor area, approx. 21,500 m², 360 hotel rooms
The new main building, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
The design for Aalto University’s new main building was selected through an architectural competition. The building will rise in an area of cultural and architectural importance. The building project will be carried out as a customised project alliance. In addition to the building of new teaching premises, the project involves the construction of a commercial facility, Metro Centre, that will be directly connected to Otaniemi metro station.
Information on the project:
- Gross floor area 33,800 m²
- Total cost 110 million euros
- A large proportion of the energy used by the building will be generated by geothermal and solar systems
Picture: Verstas Arkkitehdit Oy
VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety, confidential, Espoo, Finland
The key project alliance model developed by Senate Properties in 2013 was piloted in the construction of the Centre for Nuclear Safety of the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT). The project partners gave positive feedback on the model. The project, which is partly classified as confidential, required the application of extensive user experience design processes and advanced moisture control technology.
Information on the project:
- Gross floor area 8,800 m²
- Total cost 33 million euros
Technopolis Yliopistonrinne, C and D buildings, Tampere, Finland
This facility is Tampere’s most modern multi-purpose office complex, offering efficient and flexible office spaces. Located in the centre of Tampere, this high-quality office building, which is used by dozens of tenants, is a result of efficient collaboration and management activities led by a construction management consultant whose skills were put to good use throughout the construction and commissioning stages.
Information on the project:
- Gross floor area 21,000 m²
- Total cost 39 million euros
- LEED Gold-certified
- The project management assignment covered the construction of adaptable multi-purpose office premises and three underground parking levels
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
Technopolis Ruoholahti, 3rd phase, Helsinki, Finland
The third phase of Technopolis Ruoholahti involves the construction of a multi-user office building and underground car park that forms part of the local parking facility. The first floor also houses shared spaces, including reception areas, a cafeteria and meeting rooms.
Information on the project:
- Gross floor area: 12,501 m² (heated area) + 3,799 m² (unheated area). Total volume 65,898 m³
- Total cost 32 million euros
Dipoli (the KOY Jämeränjälki property), Espoo, Finland
Designed by Reima and Raili Pietilä, Dipoli originally served as the student union building of Helsinki University of Technology. Later, the iconic building functioned as a conference centre, hosting major events such as the 1972 Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. After the renovation, Dipoli will become Aalto University’s main building and a meeting place for students and staff alike.
Information on the project:
- Gross floor area 11,000 m²
- Total cost approx. 24 million euros
- The renovation of this monumental listed building, which is culturally and historically important because of its unique architecture, required seamless collaboration to ensure that modern building services could be integrated into the old structures
- Renovation Site of the Year 2016, selected by the journal Rakennuslehti
Housing companies Fiskari and Fregatti, Kalasatama, Helsinki, Finland
Thanks to their complexity and proximity to the sea, these buildings, situated in a prime location in the Kalasatama district, presented very specific challenges in terms of building engineering physics. AINS Group was responsible for project supervision and prepared plans for inspections and procedures related to building engineering physics.
Information on the project:
- Gross floor area 12,443 m²
Housing company As. Oy Kaupinpirtti, Tampere
In the Kaupinpirtti renovation project, the façades were insulated, balconies were renovated, and doors and windows were replaced. We carried out a building survey and the project, draft, and realisation planning for the project. During the project, exhaust-air heat pump work was performed as a subcontracting project.
The project was part of the EU-GUGLE programme.
It came in third in the 2017 Facade Renovation competition.
Cost: 1.15 million euros
Floor area: 3,693 m²
Housing company As. Oy Korkearinne, Pirkkala
In the Pirkkala project, a building constructed in 1969 was treated with insulating plaster, and its balconies and yard were renovated. Several info events were arranged for the residents during the project- and realisation-planning stages. Resident participation played an important role in the project.
The project received second prize in the 2015 Facade Renovation competition.
Cost: 1.3 million euros
Gross floor area: 2,000 m²
Housing company As. Oy Asemantie 7, Ylöjärvi
A project in Ylöjärvi dealt with a building completed in 1974. In the renovation project, the façade, which was in relatively good condition, was painted and repaired where necessary. The condition of the façade was determined with a building survey. In addition, windows were replaced and balconies were repainted. Also, glazing was installed for the balconies.
Cost: 300,000 euros
Total area: 1,600 m²
Housing company As. Oy Näsinhovi, Tampere
One project involved buildings that were completed in 1957. Part of the renovation project was replacement of the plastering on the façade. Airing balconies were renovated, and some balconies were removed. In addition, the brick cladding, doors, and windows were replaced. Foundation walls were waterproofed, and an underground drainage system was installed. Extensive improvements were made in the yard area also, including replacement of the waste bins.
Cost: 1.2 million euros
Floor area: 5,000 m²
Gösta’s pavilion, Mänttä
An international design competition was held for Serlachius Museum Gösta’s extension in 2010–2011.
The building houses three exhibition spaces (ranging in area from 100 m² to 600 m²), a reception hall, a museum shop and restaurant, offices for the personnel, and appropriate storage and restoration facilities for the museum’s works of art.
The extension is connected to the old manor building with a covered glass corridor. Glulam beams, which are visible in the external and internal walls, serve as the basic structures. Glass and wood surfaces alternate in the façade.
Gösta’s pavilion was selected as Wooden Structure of the Year in 2014.
Cost: 20 million euros
Gross floor area: 5,700 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
Turku City Theatre
The Turku City Theatre project involved renovation and extension. The most visible change brought by the extension was the addition of a three-storey stage at the back. The personnel premises were moved to a new location, and a kitchen was built. The workshop premises, which were in need of work, were renovated and extended, along with the spaces for technical systems, the prop area, and the costume and scene shop. A new space was built for the Sopukka stage, which had to be moved to make way for the Pikkolo stage. In addition, the dressing rooms for actors were refurbished.
Cost: 45 million euros
Gross floor area: 14,525 m², volume: 76,467 m³
Logomo’s movable seating, Turku
The functional adaptability of the Logomo event centre is based on a seating system that can be moved with the assistance of air cushions. The performance hall itself and the lobby are part of the same open space, and their relative sizes are adjusted via the positioning of the seating system, which forms an acoustic barrier. This flexible system enables the creation of three halls, of differing capacities: an auditorium for 1,100 people, a theatre hall with seating for 1,300, and a concert hall on a single level with space for 3,500 people.
Gross floor area: 8,800 m²
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 Pohjolanpiha, Tampere
Built in 1981, the Pohjolanpiha property is a seven-storey residential building with washed concrete surfaces. The ground floor houses a day-care centre. In the project, the façade was renovated and the building’s appearance was modernised. Further insulation and thin-coat plaster were added for the façades of the residential floors. On the ground level, the surfaces were treated and repaired where necessary. In addition, balconies were renovated and equipped with glazing. Entrance doors were replaced, and new roofs were built.
Cost: 1.2 million euros
Floor area: 3,000 m²
Housing company As. Oy Suohovi, Tampere
The Suohovi property, built in 1967, is a residential building with 1+3 floors. We performed a building survey, project planning, architectural and structural engineering, and work-site supervision for the project. The old, damaged façades were insulated, and the building’s appearance was refreshed. The balconies’ side walls and railings were replaced, with only the concrete slabs preserved from the original balconies. In addition, doors and windows were replaced.
Cost: 1 million euros (estimate)
Housing company As. Oy Kalevan puistotie 11, Tampere
The façades of a building in Tampere from 1954 were mainly plastered. In the project, the old plastering was replaced with three-layer plastering and the plinth structures were cleaned. An old chimney, which was no longer in use, was dismantled. Door and window structures were replaced. Airing balcony slabs were replaced, and balcony roofs were rebuilt. Entrances and yard areas were renovated. New bicycle shelters were built in the courtyard, and waste bins were replaced with deep-collection containers installed partly underground. The lighting in the yard was improved.
Cost: 1.1 million euros
Floor area: 2,500 m²
As. Oy Tampereen Kauppakatu 14
The property at Kauppakatu 14 was built in two stages in 1902–1903 (the outer parts) and in 1926 (the middle). It was designed by architect’s office Geselius–Lindgren–Saarinen and architect Birger Federley. With regard to the façade, the goal was to use a colour that was as close to the original tone as possible as indicated by the old layers of paint discovered on the façade and ornaments. The façade’s plastering was redone in most areas, and the ornaments were refreshed. The windows, which had been replaced in the 1990s, were painted.
Cost: 1 million euros
Gross floor area: 6,000 m²
Hilton Helsinki Airport hotel
A high-quality hotel for Helsinki Airport, next to a terminal, was designed and built to meet the strictest quality criteria. The hotel’s location in the area of a busy international airport posed numerous challenges for the design and realisation, which were solved by means of seamless collaboration.
The hotel has 330 rooms, 12 meeting rooms, a reception hall, a restaurant, sauna facilities, a gym, and other facilities.
Hilton Helsinki Airport was selected as Europe’s best Hilton hotel in a customer satisfaction survey arranged by the chain in 2016. It was awarded Hilton’s Make It Right Highest SALT prize also.
Cost: 70 million euros
Gross floor area: 17,000 m² + 3,765 m²
Completion: 2007, extension in 2011
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
Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard, Helsinki
The renovation of Hotel Indigo at Bulevardi 26 involved the demolition and reconstruction of the façade. Of the original structures, only the in-situ cast beam-and-pillar frame built in 1969 was preserved. In parts, the frame had to be dismantled to create space for modern technical systems. The hotel is extremely energy-efficient.
The City of Helsinki awarded the façade project its Rose for Building Award in 2014.
Cost: 13 million euros
Gross floor area: 7,600 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
Aurora school, Espoo
The Aurora school won an award for being the most energy-efficient public building in Espoo. This three-storey new-build school represents a nearly zero-energy building.
In addition to structural engineering, we were responsible for the inspection of approval documents for construction products (architectural, construction, and HVAC).
Cost: 21 million euros
Gross floor area: 7,300 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
Kuopio University Hospital’s New Heart project (part of hospital reforms), Kuopio
The New Heart project encompasses the renovation of Puijo Hospital’s inpatient wards and the construction of a new nine-storey hospital building between 2018 and 2024. The work will be performed as an alliance project.
The wards of Puijo Hospital that will undergo renovation during the project were built in the 1950s.
The New Heart project will be carried out under an alliance model.
Cost: 164 million euros (estimate)
Gross floor area: 63,000 m²
Projected completion: 2025
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
Medisiina D, Turku
Medisiina D is a multi-user health-care facility located next to Turku University Hospital, in Turku’s Kupittaa district. The guidelines for the building project included adaptability, healthiness, and safety. The building’s space solutions, materials, and structures were designed in line with the principles of sustainable development.
Each day, Medisiina is used by about 600 employees and 1,400 students. This 10-storey building houses teaching, research, and diagnostic facilities, along with open public spaces such as lecture halls, group-work rooms, business premises, and a cafeteria. The premises are used by the University of Turku, Southwest Finland Hospital District (VSSHP), and Turku University of Applied Sciences.
Cost: 75 million euros
Gross floor area: 26,500 m²
KOy Finnmedi 6-7, Tampere
A construction project was completed for three end users: an eye centre, a patient hotel, and offices.
Cost: 29 million euros
Gross floor area: 16,600 m²
Tampere University Hospital autopsy unit, Tampere
A project was carried out for the building housing Tampere University Hospital’s autopsy department and patient archives. A tunnel was built to connect this to the main building.
The project was realised between 2010 and 2013.
Cost: 17 million euros
Gross floor area: 6,193 m²
Ratina shopping centre, Tampere
The Ratina shopping centre is Tampere’s largest retail and recreation centre. Formed by three buildings, Ratina livens up the southern part of the city centre. The Ratina shopping centre employs hundreds of people and houses more than 150 shops, restaurants, and other businesses.
Ratina is a tour de force of steel structures’ design and our largest construction-management project to date. Steel structures for exceptionally challenging applications were used for the three buildings that form the complex. The structural engineering project was a result of our expertise in renovation engineering, bridge and special-structure design, and industrial and element engineering.
Cost: 240 million euros
Floor area: 100,000 m²
Willa shopping centre, Hyvinkää
The Willa shopping centre, in Hyvinkää, is a modern commercial hub for fashion and specialist retail, complete with a wide range of restaurant services. We designed the foundation structures required for the complex’s challenging demands, the connections between the buildings, and the eye-catching frame and roof structures.
Willa is Finland’s sixth largest shopping centre.
Cost: 80 million euros
Gross floor area: 54,000 m²
The Vuoltsu complex, in the centre of Tampere, is composed of four parts, all built in the 1930s. The building’s façade is under heritage protection. Among other accomplishments, the project involved the complex’s integration into the new Ratina shopping centre. One of the main challenges was presented by the old floors, which were built on several levels. These differences in height were reduced by several means, including lowering of the foundation.
Gross floor area: 8,100 m²
Kaivotalo commercial centre, Helsinki
Located in the centre of Helsinki, the Kaivokäytävä passageway presented a challenging renovation site because the pedestrian traffic along it could not be stopped during the work. Almost 20,000 people use the route daily.
All changes to the frame were carried out with in-situ cast steel and concrete structures. Kaivotalo’s car ramp leading from the ground level to the basement was replaced with a new intermediate floor that forms a passageway running behind the Kaivokäytävä covered passage’s shops. Business premises were built on the second floor, which is served by a new escalator leading up from Kaivokäytävä. All the surface structures, including the glass walls, were replaced. The glass ceiling and surrounding ceiling structures were replaced, apart from the steel frame. New floor structures offered additional floor space for the second-floor shops.
Tesoma’s shopping and service centre Westeri, Tampere
The long-awaited shopping and service centre Westeri opened its doors in the district of Tesoma in spring 2018. The first businesses to move to the centre were a supermarket and three restaurants. In the second stage of the project, a library, youth centre, dental clinic, maternity clinic, and health centre will be built.
Additionally, a 130-space parking hall was designed for the centre.
Cost: 30 million euros
Gross floor area: 15,714 m² + parking facility with 130 spaces
Mercedes-Benz Airport, located at Helsinki Airport, is Veho’s flagship store. It is among the Nordic region’s most modern and advanced shops for this brand – not only with regard to products and services but also in terms of the physical setting. Numerous cost-efficient, tried-and-tested structural solutions were applied in the design of the premises. All of the shop’s structures were designed by means of data modelling.
Cost: 30 million euros
Gross floor area: 11,000 m²
Autotuonti building, Tampere
Constructed in 1937, the façade of the Autotuonti property, located on Vuolteenkatu, in the Tampere city centre, is under heritage protection. The property was renovated to become a part of the modern Ratina shopping centre, with an extension added to it. The shopping centre extends about 13 metres below the level of the Autotuonti building’s foundation. The interior parts of the building’s old frame and their foundations were demolished because surveys indicated that they did not meet modern strength requirements. The new frame is made of steel composite pillars and hollow-core slabs.
Gross floor area: 11,176 m²
Meripaviljonki is a unique floating restaurant building, with an underwater pile structure that enables it to adjust to changes in the sea level (from -0.9 metres to 2.5 metres). The design, which draws inspiration from the shape of the water lily, was achieved with 3D modelling, which was used to fit together the building’s various steel structures, built on different levels. Meripaviljonki is the only floating public building in Helsinki.
Changes in weather and ice loads were taken into account in the design. The product compliance of the unique glass façade was verified with a work-site-specific expert statement.
The City of Helsinki awarded the project its Rose for Building Award in 2016.
K-Citymarket supermarket, Sastamala
Sastamala’s new K-Citymarket was built in line with the company’s latest concept and offers the region’s most extensive range of products.
Cost: 18 million euros
Net internal area: 8,300 m²
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
KOY Alberga, Espoo
The office building shown, in Leppävaara, houses also AINS Group’s offices. This building, with a steel composite frame, is among Finland’s first buildings in energy class A, and it has been granted the BREEAM rating Very Good.
Its design was influenced by the one-sided underground pressure caused by Leppävaarankatu and the Monikonpuro underground stream that runs beneath the basement’s access tunnel. About 3 km of railway tunnel, a car tunnel, 3 km of rescue and maintenance tunnel, and up to 50 m of deep shafts lie under the building. The deepest structures extend 50 metres below sea level.
The building was voted Finland’s pleasantest and most energy-efficient office space in 2014.
Cost: approx. 30 million euros
Gross floor area: 13,000 m²
City Hall, Vantaa
Vantaa City Hall was renovated, and a new council meeting room was built in connection with it. In one part of the project, children’s art centre Pessi, housed in a building originally designed as a municipal library, was renovated. City Hall, completed in 1957, and the library, built in 1958, were originally designed by architects Olli and Eija Saijonmaa.
The wood pile foundation was reinforced by jet grouting. Both structures are protected buildings in the city plan.
Volume: 82,500 m³, floor area: 6,054 m² for City Hall, 620 m² for the council room
Neste Sandviken reception and meeting premises, Porvoo
In Porvoo, reception and accommodation premises and outbuildings completed in the 1970s were renovated and converted to meeting and reception use. In addition to the extensive renovation work, work was done to add a small extension to the main building. The accommodation premises were adapted for conference and training use. The profile of this building envelope’s roof structures was changed and façade materials replaced.
The control and management of surface water on the rocky plot were improved, yards were extensively redesigned, and a new car park was built. Outbuildings were renovated or replaced with new ones.
Puijo Arena, Kuopio
The new Puijo Arena will be a multipurpose facility that can host sporting and other events. It will offer modern and highly functional indoor sports and training facilities with comprehensive complementary services.
Puijo Arena represents the first step in the realisation of the general plan for Puijo’s new sports park.
Cost: 10 million euros
Floor area: 7,000 m²
Projected completion: 2019
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
Non-Schengen area, Helsinki Airport
The non-Schengen section of the Helsinki airport represented a particularly challenging design and construction site. The building’s lowest two floors house luggage-handling facilities, while the top floor holds the passenger spaces. The bottom floor, which is subject to underground pressure, has post-tensioned rigid frame structures. The intermediate floor is made from elements. The frame of the passenger floor uses column-braced round composite pillars with triangular trusses installed on top.
In addition, a 350-metre-long luggage tunnel and numerous other connecting structures were designed.
The project was granted an honourable mention in the Tekla BIM Awards in 2009 and the RIL award in the same year.
Cost: 154 million euros
Gross floor area: 43,900 m²
Expansion of Terminal 1, Helsinki Airport
The expansion of Helsinki Airport’s Terminal 1 increased the airport’s capacity and improved customer experience and travel conditions.
Connecting structures and continuous air travel operations on the work site brought their own challenges to the design work.
Gross floor area: 16,000 m²