Ruukki to deliver steel frame for Urban Environment House in Helsinki

Frame design, manufacture and installation from the same supplier

Ruukki has been chosen to deliver the steel frame for the City of Helsinki’s new Urban Environment House to be built in Verkkosaari near Kalasatama metro station. On completion, the new building will be occupied by the City of Helsinki’s Urban Environment Division. This will improve the city’s services and collaboration between departments by bringing the city’s urban environment departments under one roof. The steel frame will speed up construction, create open spaces and enable the premises to be modified for future use. Urban Environment House has been designed by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, with Ramboll responsible for the structural engineering and Skanska for construction work.

”Ruukki has long experience of designing and installing steel frames for office buildings. In the Nordic countries we have been involved in city-centre office construction projects where shortage of space has challenged logistics planning. We always work closely with the customer at every stage to ensure the optimum solution for our customer,” says Petri Nieminen, SVP Project Systems at Ruukki Construction.

The location and shape of the building highlight Ruukki’s competence in demanding construction projects. The building is multiform, which calls for expert and experienced design and installation. The construction site is in a densely built city district and on a cramped plot. This explains the importance of close collaboration with all contractors in logistics planning to ensure the project remains on schedule.

Ruukki’s frame solution delivers significant savings in labour and materials for the customer. Use of Ruukki’s Easy Beam composite beams for the intermediate floor beams eliminates the need for surface slabs. In addition to the steel structures, Ruukki’s delivery includes installation and joint grouting of the concrete elements.

The building under construction at Työpajankatu 8 has a gross area of around 40,000 square metres spread over seven storeys above ground level and one storey underground. Around 1,500 employees will move into the building, which will also house customer service facilities, event and exhibition spaces, various meeting facilities and a public restaurant.

High targets have been set for the environmental and energy efficiency of the building. Regarding energy efficiency, the project will be almost at the zero net energy level and the building will be certified under BREEAM (BREEAM International New Construction 2016). The aim is for a minimum BREEAM rating of excellent.

Installation of the steel structures started in June 2018 and will continue until April 2019. The steel structures are being manufactured at Ruukki’s plants in Ylivieska, Finland and Oborniki, Poland.

The Urban Environment House is scheduled to complete in 2020.