Architectural companies are optimistic about the coming year
Ehitusuudised.ee prepared a survey among architectural and engineering companies regarding results over last years and prospects for the coming year.
In respect of Novarc, the Chairman of the Board Kaitis Väär is sure 2019 will be better than the previous one. “Over a third of the planned projects is covered with contracts, this is a good sign,” he says. Half of the portfolio is public procurements, so we feel strong about the future.
Novarc designs the new building for the psychiatric clinic
Novarc won the public procurement arranged by the North Estonia Medical Centre for the design of a new building for the psychiatric clinic. The clinic will be located in Tallinn.
The clinic of 22000 m² is an addition to the North Estonia Medical Centre complex. It will feature the biggest and most modern psychiatric clinic in the region. The design period is planned to 18 months. Construction will be completed in 2023.
Kaitis Väär, Chairman of the Board of Novarc: „Within the design process we will first create a virtual model. Modern technologies allow to move around in the building and assess its user experience. The building will be addressed in the context of life cycle, including the construction ang operation phases. Big Room methodology will be applied with the aim of close collaboration with the client on BIM platform and in CDE environment.“
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Viimsi State Gymnasium building opened
The official opening of the new building of Viimsi State Gymnasium took place on 14 November 2018. This is the first state gymnasium in Harju County. The major part of the building is realised in CLT (cross laminated timber). The building has been in use since September.
The authors of the buildings are Novarc Group AS and KAMP Arhitektid OÜ, general designer Novarc Group AS. The contractor was Merko Infra AS.
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Novarc in Best Timber Building 2018 competition
The award for the best glued laminated timber building and people’s favourite went to Viimsi State Gymnasium. Architecture: KAMP Arhitektid (Jan Skolimowski, Peeter Loo, Kaspar Kuuse, Maie Raud). General designer and designer of engineering parts – Novarc Group. The 2nd and 3rd floors are built in prefab CLT (cross laminated timber) panels.
The Best Timber Building 2018 competition was organised by the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association.
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Novarc in Usesoft’s BIM seminar 2018
Mihkel Kaesveld, Novarc’s BIM Manager talked in Usesoft’s BIM seminar about the design process of a modern high school building for 540 students with the use of building information modelling.
Viimsi State Gymnasium is the first state gymnasium in Harju County. The area of the three-storied building is 4 150 m². It is mainly built of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) – used both in load bearing structures and finishing.
Thanks to the BIM a digital twin of the building was created. Within the model, clash control was realised. Further it served for retrieving building quantities and as a direct input to CLT production. One of the key benefits to the project and in design process in general is the skill of collaboration within the model, thus minimising the outdated and static emailing. The effect was boosted by applying the Big Room concept. As a result a low energy and operation cost building featuring great user experience was created.
Novarc applies BIM in all projects with the goal of best service to the client by involving all parties in the digital building before it is actually constructed. This – in higher detail – was also the case in Viimsi State Gymnasium.
The client is Riigi Kinnisvara AS (State Real Estate Ltd.). The design is based on the winning work “CLT” by Novarc Group AS and KAMP Arhitektid OÜ (Jan Skolimowski, Peeter Loo and Kaspar Kruuse). The contractor was Merko Infra AS. The construction cost was 5.1 Mio € (excl. VAT) financed by the European Regional Development Fund and national budget
Corner stone set for the extension of Ülemiste Shopping Center
The extension will add 13 000 sq m of commercial and recreation area to the center. The architectural design comes from AMB International (Norway) and Novarc Group (Estonia), interior design from Priit Põldme and Reet Sepp (Joonprojekt). The contractor is Fund Ehitus.
Tallinn’s new court palace opened
On July 18, 2018 the new modern court house located at Lubja St 4 in Tallinn was officially opened. It houses the Harju County Court, Northern District Prosecutor’s Office and the Centre of Registers and Information Systems.
The authors of the 25 000 sq m building are Andres Siim and Kristel Ausing from Arhitektuuristuudio Siim & Kreis OÜ. The interior design comes from Pille Lausmäe Sisearhitektuuri Büroo OÜ, general designer and engineering design from Novarc Group AS (principal architect Lauri Laisaar, project manager Indrek Kõlu). The contractor was Rand & Tuulberg and Astlanda.
According to Kristel Ausing the major challenge was designing the house to look friendly and supportive to administering justice.
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Novarc Group visits BIM technology leaders in the United Kingdom
In June this year the Estonian Digital Construction Cluster visited the UK. Within the delegation, the development professionals of Novarc Group investigated the usage of building data in more than ten international companies in the United Kingdom. The discussions with leading architects from Zaha Hadid Architects, consultants from Turner & Townsend and visionaries from Space Group supported Novarc’s ambition to digitize construction. The discussions revealed that the competences in BIM consultancy and technology implementation level in Novarc Group allow international collaboration through digital tools. The experience in object-oriented BIM collaboration with the combination of technical experience positions us as equal partner in the UK.
A high-rise building overlooking the airport was completed in Ülemiste City
On June 20th the completion of a new 13-storied office building located at Lõõtsa St 12 was celebrated in Ülemiste City. The 9000 sq m building located in the vicinity of the airport is named after Alexandre Liwentaal, an aviation legend with Estonian roots. The building is developed by Technopolis Ülemiste AS and built by Nordecon AS. The architect is Ilmar Klammer.
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Novarc on the meeting of Baltic consulting engineers
On 7 and 8 June the meeting of Baltic consulting engineers took place in Tartu. The keynote of the meeting were the regulations for energy efficiency in the Baltics and in Europe in general.
Novarc was represented by the head of development and member of the board Viivo Siimpoeg. The design of energy efficient buildings (optimal interior climate with minimum energy consumption) in Novarc’s priority. We are prepared to meet the requirements coming into force in the near future.
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