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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Novarc in Tekla BIM competition
Tekla BIM Awards honors the success stories of projects created with Tekla software. The prestigious jury selects the best BIM projects of the year which will proceed to the Tekla Global BIM Awards 2018 finals and gain worldwide coverage. The competition is open to all Tekla users from Finland and the Baltic countries.
Novarc submitted the project of the new plant of EstPak Plast. The project faced a number of challenges: complicated geometry created by the architects, tight time schedule, collaboration between all parties involved. The key factor in the success story is Tekla Structures. Take a look at the project and vote for us!
Novarc on BRICO 2018
Novarc Group took part in the jury of the international steel bridge design and construction competition BRICO. BRICO is a unique competition in Nordic countries for engineering students. This year participants came from all over Europe and also from Australia to compete in the construction of a steel bridge model. BRICO 2018 took place on 14 to 18 May in Tallinn University of Technology. In the final stage 7 teams participated from5 countries. The winning team was from the University of Graz (Austria), second from Kaunas University (Lithuania), third from Bialystock University of Technology (Poland). For more see BRICO webpage.
Within the BRICO event, visits were arranged to the participants to sites on construction and architectural interest in Tallinn, focusing on integration of old industrial premises in the urban space and finding new function for them. Novarc Group arranged a tour on the site of T1 Mall of Tallinn and introduced its concept, design and construction as well as the fact there will be the first roof-mounted observation wheel in Europe.
Green Building Council: Ülemiste Shopping Center named Most Sustainable building of 2018
On 10 May, during the annual conference of KEN Cluster, the winners of the „Most Sustainable 2018“ competition arranged by Green Building Council were announced. The main prize was awarded to the extension of Ülemiste Shopping Center.
Ülemise Shopping Center is developed by Linstow Center Management. The architects are AMB International (Norway) and Novarc Group from Estonia. Sustainability counselling and quality assessment audit was realised by Oxford Sustainable.
Estonian Green Building Council, KEN Cluster: awards
General meeting of EAACEC
On 10 May 2018 the general meeting of EAACAC (Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies) took place in Navigator building. The greeting came from Jüri Rass, the deputy secretary general for construction in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. He talked about major goals and challenges the ministry is facing in the near future as well as collaboration with the construction sector.
Maidu Saar, the chairman of the board of EAACEC made an overview of the activities of the previous year. The managing director Kalle Karron introduced the economic statement and goals for the next period.
The new managing board was elected: Keijo Vaher (Sweco Projekt AS), Tiit Kerem (Inseneribüroo Telora OÜ), Kaitis Väär (Novarc Group AS), Maidu Saar (TARI AS), Johann-Aksel Tarbe (Arhitekt Tarbe OÜ), Riho Milva (Roadplan OÜ), Merike Rannu (K-Projekt AS), Heiki Meos (EstKonsult OÜ), Andres Piirsalu (Entec Eesti OÜ).
The meeting was concluded by Taavi Raudsaar for the Bank of Estonia with a presentation addressing their view on the state of construction and real estate sector and coming challenges.
The Estonian digital construction developments show benefits in the Latvian Construction Conference „Būvniecības dienas 2018“
The annual construction conference » Būvniecības dienas 2018″, held in the National Library of Riga on 11th and 12th of April, focused on the quality of construction, supervision and digital developments in the construction industry. Fast-changing technologies create new challenges for process management and provide opportunities to create a safe and high-quality environment for cooperation. A presentation on Estonia’s progress and international cooperation in the EUBIM Task Group was followed by the discussion panel. Estonia’s building register (Ehitisregister) facilitates the digitisation of procedural processes in Estonia, provides an opportunity for a paperless construction project and increases model-based co-operation during the construction process. Estonia’s representative and the head of international operations of Novarc Group AS, Virgo Sulakatko, discussed with colleagues from Lithuania (Dainius Čergelis), Latvia (Uldis Jansons), Finland (Markus Rauhala) and England (Adam Matthews) the readiness for implementation of BIM technology and international cooperation, where new possibilities gain higher significance.
According to the Latvian state-owned real estate company, Valsts nekustamie īpašumi, the implementation of BIM will serve the interests of the public as they increase the quality of the work environment and enable to make more accurate on-time decisions in various phases of the building lifecycle. The upcoming pilot project will include the introduction of BIM technology in the planning and designing stage, as also in the construction process. The expected benefit is the increase of transparency, reduction of risks and costs with efficiency increase.