Showing posts with label Skanska. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Skanska, the developer that chose OCTAGON to Green Court Bucharest, delivers project designed by famous architect Calatrava



Real estate giant Skanska, the developer of the office complex Green Court Bucharest, built by OCTAGON, has delivered a project impressive through architecture, size and execution: Florida Polytechnic University. The Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building that is the centerpiece of the campus was designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and built by Skanska, as part of a collaborative team of numerous design and construction partners.
 
You might be impressed by the project’s facts: this 160,000-square-foot structure was completed on-time and within the strict $60 million budget. This was accomplished despite such immense challenges as 90 percent of the structure being on a radius.
 “Completing this project makes my team and I feel extremely happy and at the same time somewhat sad,” said Chuck Jablon, the Skanska vice president who has overseen this project from the beginning. 

Of the design, Jablon said, “You can’t tell me that this design hasn’t captured you. Calatrava captures your curiosity on the drawings alone. Then, when you start building it and you see it evolve, he gets your heart. And when the building is far enough along so you can see the full design realized, he’s damn sure captured your soul.”
 
Inside, the roof’s exposed underbelly reveals concrete rakers that converge at an apex containing a skylight. A grand staircase takes center stage. Throughout the building, the concrete is clean and crisp – which required tremendous attention to detail and concrete craftsmanship from our team.

The complex rooftop system is supported by a concrete ring beam – 72 inches deep and 30 inches wide – that encircles the interior of the second floor’s grand common area. On the building’s radii, each column rotates on another angle. This building has about 300 radius points, with an incredible 90 percent of everything done on a radius. As Jablon said, “You see the radius – do you feel it?”

Calatrava designed the building to inspire students with a sense of optimism: “My first aim is to make an inspirational environment for the students and the professors and everyone working here.”
 
 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Skanska secures first tenant in building B of Green Court Bucharest complex, built by OCTAGON


Green Court Bucharest- building B 2


Skanska announced the leasing of the first office space in the second building under construction near the intersection of Barbu Văcărescu-Pipera Road, Capital writes. OCTAGON is the constructor of the building and is currently performing concrete and metal structure works.
Sanofi, one of the biggest medicine producers in the world, that owns Zentiva factory in Bucharest, has rented a space of around 2,200 sqm. The company will move into the new headquarters in June 2015.
Green Court Bucharest- building B 3

„We are currently performing structure works on building B and we will soon begin façade works.” said Marcin Łapiński, the president of Skanska Property Romania.
So far, Skanska has rented approximately 19,000 sqm of the whole Green Court Bucharest Complex. The first building, with a 19,500 sqm area, has been 88% rented by Orange România and Schneider Electric. Building B will have a 18,000 sqm leasable area.

Green Court Bucharest- building B
Building B is the second on the three buildings of the complex. OCTAGON has also delivered building A, where the company performed infrastructure works (diaphragm walls D 600; crown beams; anchors), concrete structure works and superstructure works. Building A has 15 floors. OCTAGON contract for this building has been supplemented with exterior works: construction of access stairs, access ramps for people with disabilities and protection fences.

Green Court Bucharest will have a total leasable area of 52,000 sqm. The complex, developed by Sweedish company Skanska will be LEED Gold certified.