As part of the FinnBUILD event, the best of the construction industry in 2014 were rewarded in ten categories, including the Construction Site of the Year, the Most Comfortable and Energy Efficient Office, the Electronic Building Site of the Year and the Tekla BIM Award. Granlund was involved in four of the winning projects.
The award for the Construction Site of the Year went to the renovation of the National Library. The building has never undergone such a massive and extensive renovation in its almost 200-year history. According to Rakennuslehti, the companies working on the project, which will be completed next year, have managed to combine protection and conservation with the management of conditions and schedules as well as the structures from different eras and the renovation thereof. Granlund is responsible for the project’s electrical, AV and lighting design.
The winner of the annual Tekla BIM Award was the OP headquarters in Vallila, Helsinki, which will be completed in 2015. The project includes an entirely new building (approx. 58,000 m2) with glass roofing as well as a renovation of an existing building (approx. 30,000 m2). The new building has four underground parking floors and seven floors above ground. Granlund is responsible for the project’s electrical, sprinkler and security design. Special recognition in the same category went to the Rajamäki Swimming Center where Granlund was responsible for HVAC design as well as energy and life cycle calculations.
The Hiitti office building in the Derby Business Park was selected as Finland’s Most Comfortable and Energy Efficient Office. The winner was selected by the ERA17 program and the Green Building Council Finland. The Derby Business Park is in a class of its own with regard to energy consumption. The building was completed in 2012 and it has already achieved the LEED certification through Granlund’s consultation. Particular attention has been paid to the sealing of the external walls and there is a ground source heat system that produces approx. 90 percent of the required heat and cooling energy. The control of the room temperature has been integrated into the ventilation, heating and cooling systems as well as into the occupancy information system. Particular attention has also been paid to the suitability of ventilation. Based on the indoor environment survey the users of the building were happy with air quality, but there was room for improvement in terms of the indoor noise and acoustics. In addition to the LEED consultation, Granlund was responsible for the project’s HVAC, electrical, AV and building automation design as well as energy consultation.