SRV to participate in modernisation of Lappeenranta campus area

SRV GROUP PLC     PRESS RELEASE     2 JUNE 2016, AT 14.30

SRV will participate in the development of the Skinnarila campus in Lappeenranta by renovating the premises of Lappeenranta University of Technology and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. In addition to the renovation, the usability and diversity of the premises will be improved by building attractive meeting places and reconfigurable workspaces for campus users. Aihio Arkkitehdit Oy is responsible for the architectonic aspects of the project. The value of the construction work of the project, which was launched in May 2016, is approximately EUR 31 million, and the renovation and modification work is expected to be completed in November 2018.

“The project to be implemented for University Properties of Finland Ltd will justifiably arouse interest in SRV. We have built and renovated cradles of science throughout Finland, including Tampere University of Technology’s Campus Arena, Helsinki University’s Main Library and campus buildings at the University of Jyväskylä, and we are currently developing Aalto University’s campus area in Otaniemi. The Skinnarila campus renovation and modernisation project is a fine addition to these,” says Production Director Antti Raunemaa, who is responsible for the project in SRV.

The buildings of the Skinnarila campus were constructed in stages between 1973 and 2004, and the oldest buildings have been in use without significant renovations for over 40 years. The need to renovate the properties is acute, because the building systems, structures and facilities are to a large extent original. In connection with the renovation, the energy efficiency of the campus will also be a focus of attention. Measures according to the Green Campus ideology will be prepared, utilising opportunities to connect solar energy and lake heat as well as taking into account in construction the criteria of Healthy House implementation.

In connection with the project, the functionality of the campus will be developed in accordance with the objectives of Lappeenranta University of Technology and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, and use of premises will be enhanced by adding multipurpose facilities and by compacting use of space. At the campus will be built attractive meeting places and reconfigurable workspaces, which will support various forms of learning and learning environments. Minor repairs and modifications will also be made to campus laboratory facilities. The total floor area of the campus of approximately 68,000 square metres will not grow significantly as a result of the changes.

“The launch of this synergy project has also required much background work and strategic intent from the future users of the premises. It’s excellent to receive the opportunity to implement the project cost-effectively with expert partners who have been involved in building higher education environments in the past,” says Aki Havia, University Properties of Finland Ltd’s Director of Property Development and Maintenance.

The project will be implemented using the project management contracting model, in which SRV will act as the project management contractor. The model facilitates the faster start-up of construction work as well as the rational and economic implementation of renovation and modification work.

Further information:
Antti Raunemaa, Production Director, +358 40 564 4105, antti.raunemaa@srv.fi
Harri Martin, Project Manager, +358 40 064 6600, harri.martin@srv.fi
Päivi Kauhanen, SVP, Communications, +358 50 598 9560, paivi.kauhanen@srv.fi

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