Caverion has won a contract with the general contractor Fira to modernise all building systems of the former main building of Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland. The value of the contract for Caverion is approximately EUR 8.4 million. The size of the building is nearly 16,000 m2, and it is owned by KOy Runeberginkatu 14 - 16.
The functionalist former main building of the School of Business, located in the Etu-Töölö district of Helsinki, will be completely renovated. Caverion will be responsible for steering the design of building systems and executing the building systems project. Technical solutions and systems will be developed to lower their energy consumption to minimum.
”The implementation has been prepared by an excellent team which has my full confidence. I’m sure that this project will continue our past success,” says Pekka Sipponen, Head of Production, Fira.
“The goal of the renovation is to create a future-proof and modern international learning environment that respects Finnish architecture, design and art from the Finnish post-war era. We looked for experienced and reliable partners to implement the project,” says Mika Lindvall, Project Manager at Aalto University Campus & Real Estate
Built in 1950, the building designed by architect duo Hugo Harmia and Woldemar Baeckman is included in the international Docomomo register of architecture. The starting point of the renovation is to maintain the original architecture and to use building information modelling in designing the changes, which can also be utilised when implementing repair work.
“We are proud to have the opportunity to modernise the building systems of this valuable building, enabling it to provide its future users appropriate and pleasant surroundings. The task is a challenge, and we will execute it respecting the old building,” says Ville Tamminen, Head of Division Finland at Caverion.
The works will be completed in late 2020. After the renovation, the building will contain a restaurant and a meeting place for Aalto University and its partners, among other functions. The main user of the building will be Aalto University Executive Education, or Aalto EE, which provides education for business executives and experts.
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Photos: Aki-Pekka Sinikoski / Aalto University