Novarc on Construction Technology Conference 2021
On February, 10 the Construction Technology Conference arranged by Äripäev took place. Virgo Sulakatko, the chairman of the board of Novarc and vice-chairman of the Estonian Digital Construction Cluster addressed the topic of the future of construction technology.
The Estonian engineering companies see challenges and opportunities in focusing their activities on generating higher value. Based on current prognoses the population of Tallinn will grow within coming decades. This will call for more new buildings. Digitalization enables automation of simpler repetitive actions that allows the engineers to focus on goals that fit their professional competence.
“We have to manage with less staff while moving from cost-saving towards higher level of digitalisation and creation od added value. The key is automation so the engineers would not perform simple operations and could commit to activities leading to higher value,” said Sulakatko.
See also Ehitusuudised: Estonian engineers on the threshold for change
New extension of Kõrveküla Basic School opened
On 7 January the new building of Kõrveküla basic school was opened. It features an extension of 5200 m2 and the reconstruction of 1000 m2 of the existing building.
The project was based on the winning competition work „ROOT ja JUUR“ of OÜ KAUSS Arhitektuur. In the design process the architects involved Novarc Group who provided the engineering disciplines and services of general designer. The contractor was KRC Ehitus.
More about the design, construction and opening of the building see Kõrveküla blog.
New psychiatric clinic: Novarc is finalising the design
The two-year design process of the new psychiatric clinic located at J.Sütiste tee 21, Tallinn, Estonia is under completion and the construction will start this year. Novarc, the general designer, involved a number of partners in the work. The major ones are AB Vaarpuu & Kõll (architecture), Pille Lausmäe SAB (interior design), IB Aksiaal (HVAC) and Rausi (electrical installations).
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New production complex of Tallinn City Theatre designed by Novarc opened
On November 11 the new storage and production complex of Tallinn City Theatre was opened. The complex is located at Suur-Sõjamäe St 44a, Tallinn. The theatre is in the process of major development, of which the complex is the first phase. Thanks to the new complex the problems related to preparation of productions and storing of lots of theatrical values will be solved.
The author of the building is architect Katrin Kõlu, project manager Indrek Kõlu. The design team lead by Novarc included IB Aksiaal OÜ (heating, ventilation, cooling), Nesselande OÜ (automation) and Vaimar Engineering OÜ (low current installations) as subcontractors.
Constructive cooperation with the client Tallinn City Property Department and Tallinn City Theatre contributed to the success story of the project.
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Novarc Group will have a new CEO
The supervisory board of Novarc Group, an architectural and consulting engineering company, approved a new management board that will take office in November 2020.
The new management board will have two members: Virgo Sulakatko, Chairman of the Board and Head of Development and Finances. Ragnar Jõesaar will be Member of the Board and CEO.
Ragnar Jõesaar: „Novarc Group has been one of the leaders in its field. We have been offering the services of main designer and complex services of architectural and engineering design starting 1990. Our team will continue on the same course as a leader in innovation and BIM modelling. In addition we will focus on fine-tuning of the efficiency of design activities.”
The Novarc concern covers the complex of design and consulting of the whole construction project – from the sketch to facility management model. The company has been active for 30 years and can be considered the importer of BIM to Estonia.
See also Ehitusuudised
Oak alley planted next to Pärnu Common Building designed by Novarc
In the process of construction of the Pärnu common building for internal security and adjecent widening od pedestrians’ route of Tammsaare Blvd, some oak trees had to be removed. Today the trees were planted on the alley with dedication to the future employees of the building. The building will be completed next year. It will house the Police and Border Guard Board, Estonian Rescue Board, Estonian Internal Security Service, Emergency Response Center, IT and Development Center of the Ministry of Interior and Victim Support Service of the Social Insurance Board.
The building was designed by Novarc. Construction is under way.
For more see news by Riigi Kinnisvara
Tactical fighter aircraft apron designed by Novarc completed
The United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) completed $10.8 million worth of improvements to Estonia’s Ämari Air Base in July with European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) funding. USAFE partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a new tactical fighter apron adjacent to the runway that will accommodate parking for twelve tactical fighter aircraft and turnaround space for transport aircraft.
It was designed by Novarc Group. The client was SKE Support Services GmbH.
See information on Novarc’s web site
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press release from U.S.Embassy in Estonia
Novarc in task group of a new standard enforced on June 5
On June 5, a new edition of standard EVS 915 „Organising Public Procurements for Design Works and Construction Works” was enforced. Marika Utkin from Novarc participated in the standard committee representing the Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies.
The purpose of the standard is to provide guidelines for avoiding habitual errors and to introduce good practice in public procurement.
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Novarc in the new board of EAACEC
For the following two years the board will be: Keijo Vaher (Sweco Projekt AS), Merike Rannu (KOKO arhitektid OÜ), Ahti Lääne (EstKonsult OÜ), Oliver Napits (Inseneribüroo Telora OÜ), Johann-Aksel Tarbe (Arhitekt Tarbe OÜ), Virgo Sulakatko (Novarc Group AS), Maidu Saar (TARI AS), Siim Rõõmus (K-Projekt AS) and Andres Piirsalu (Entec Eesti OÜ).
See also EAACEC
Novarc on utilisation of BIM
The April supplement of Estonian business newspaper Äripäev, Ehitusuudised, published an article „What are the current BIM bottlenecks?“ compiled on basis of the topics addressed during the discussion panel on building technology conference.
In the panel Kaitis Väär participated representing Novarc (chairman of the board) and EAACEC (member of the board).
It was 10 years ago that Novarc decided to transit to modelling. Presently, 99% of projects are designed in BIM with the perspective of utilising the model throughout the life cycle of the building. The next step will be clarifying the comprehensive operation-period benefit of the model to facility managers and developers.
Article in Ehitusuudised