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YIT internal magazine - ing 02/2010
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  2. 2. Publisher: YIT Oyj, PO Box 36 (Panuntie 11), FI-00621 Helsinki, tel. 020 433 111, www.yit.fi Editor-in-chief: Eija PesonenEditorial staff: Kirsi Hemmilä, Tuija Hirvonen, Anne Kotila, Päivi Pyötsiä, Mari Rahikka, Tuija Vilhomaa Editorial secretary:Jukka Holopainen, Pohjoisranta Oy Translations: YIT Layout: Kirsi Blom Cover photo: YIT Archive Printing house:Erweko Painotuote Oy. The paper production and printing process meet Nordic environmental requirements. ISSN:1795-7850 Read -ing on the Internet: www.yit.fi/julkaisut Source of address: YIT’s Customer register Changesof address: www.yit.fi/julkaisut We welcome your feedback and ideas: eija.pesonen@yit.fi The next -ing will bepublished in May 2011.Engineering for LivingNo placelike home!-ing | 32 | -ing04 RENEWING FOUNDATIONS IN TURKU06 -ING SHORT09 INVESTING10 FROM PASSIVE HOUSING TO ACTIVE LIVING16 TARGETTING THE BEST CLIENT EXPERIENCEIN THE FIELD17 BETTER LIVING WITH BASIC RENOVATIONS20 LIVE COMFORTABLY IN YOUR LEISURE TIME22 NEW HOMES AROUND THE CITY OF PRAGUE23 SUSTAINABLE DESIGN OF KOTI HÀJEK24 KOMENDANTSKY RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX INST. PETERSBURG RAISED THE RIDGEPOOL25 WALLS REPLACED IN RECORD TIME INSTORA ENSO FACTORIES26 LACK OF SPACE CHALLENGED YIT28 A HOUSE WITHIN A HOUSE IN RIIHIMÄKI VOIMALA32 SERVIFLEX RAISES SERVICE TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL33 NEW LIFE FOR OLD OFFICE SPACES36 DEMANDING HIGHWAY PROJECT IN SAVONLINNA38 THE TEMPTING SQUAIREWhat does -ing mean?The magazine’s name refers to the phrase Engineering for Living. It combines the twoideas guiding all of our operations. First, YIT’s core area of competence is in high qualitytechnical know-how. Second, for us technology itself has no intrinsic value – it is simplyour way to provide people with a functional living environment.-ing 2 / 2010 contentOne of the most important decisions inlife is getting your first apartment, and thatdecision isn’t necessarily any easier whetheryou are looking to buy or rent. There area number of important points to consider,among them: the neighbourhood and thetype of apartment. The answers to suchquestions usually depend on the identity ofthe buyer, whether it is a family, an elderlycouple, a young single person, a student orperhaps a retired person living alone. Fewpeople live their whole life in the same apartment. Most people live in several differ-ent homes, moving a number of times, during the course of their lives.Today’s housing market offers a wide variety of housing options, including luxuri-ous housing areas that have been built for the needs of their residents. Some peo-ple insist on having a completely new apartment that has not been lived in before.Others are attracted to older areas that breathe the style of past decades.Modern housing trends reflect personal experiences and active living, indicatingthat todays consumers know what they want when it comes to housing. Peopleare increasingly aware of energy efficiency and environmental issues. In addition,special solutions and additional elements are of particular interest. Aarre housingsolutions have been developed by YIT for the needs of the elderly; however, surveyresults show that Aarre is also suitable for other age groups. Student housing hasalso been examined and requests have been listed. Quality of living and softervalues are becoming more important. The living environment, a comfortable yardarea, services and good transportation and data connections are important criteria.Advancements in technology and planning are constantly creating new options inhousing.Home styling is a contemporary sales tool that is used to help potential buyerssee the apartment of their choice as a home. Interior design professionals showthe buyer what the otherwise empty apartment would look like with furnishings anddecoration. Interested buyers can also try out home styling for themselves online.The need for new apartments is constant, but new apartments eventually getold and require renovation. In Turku, for example, old and valuable properties arebeing raised out of their clay foundations with new piling, and in Laajasalo, Helsinki,city-owned rental apartments have been renovated to the delight of their residents.You can read more about these and many other topics in this edition of ourmagazine.Engineering for LivingWORK SAFETY ENGINEERLast summer, Antti Mitrunen from YIT Construction Ltd.moved from the Kehä I construction site in Espoo to the worksafety team at Head Office to support business transactionsand develop work safety matters. Antti’s previous experience asa director of work safety and as a traffic manager is invaluable infurthering work safety in close cooperation with the constructionsites and partners. When it comes to work safety, it is crucial tobe constantly up to date on the latest information, on sharingknowledge and keeping track of everything that is going on.Eija Pesonen, Editor-in-Chief12183034IN SEARCHOF HOUSINGTRENDSManaging Directorof HOAS, Heikki Valkjärvi,is considering the futureprospects for studenthousing.HOME STYLINGMAKES A HOUSEA HOMEThe popularity of homestyling is on the increase inthe property business.It provides a way of show-casing the best features ofnew apartments.RENOVATION OF THESWEDISH THEATREIN HELSINKIThoroughly thought-outchoreography and master-ing one’s role are neces-sary elements when work-ing in a historical, partlyprotected theatre building.AARRE– very developedhousing that meetsthe varied anddemanding needsof residents
  3. 3. In the city of Turku (in Finland),there are about four hundredbuildings built on timber piles.Nearly two hundred of them haveundergone basic renovations. Theland along the Aurajoki River hasbeen sinking for a few decades.A piling operation has been launchedto save the properties – both the valuableestates as well as the apartment build-ings. The houses are sinking because ofthe clay soil and the fact that the drop ingroundwater levels has decayed the tim-ber piles in the deep foundation of thebuildings. In addition, most of the pilingconsists of cohesive piles, which meansthat they are not properly underpinnedin the hard ground, thus causing thebuilding to sink with time.The houses in the centre of Turku werebuilt to last for about fifty or sixty years,but many of them are now already over ahundred years old. The pilings have rarelybeen repaired; corrective steps have beentaken only when the houses have been vis-ibly sinking.YIT has renovated properties at a fewdozen different locations in Turku. Thenewly piled properties include a valuableestate built in 1878, the residence of thearchbishops, which was built on only atimber foundation, with no piling at all.When the renovations are completed, thenew Archbishop of Finland, KariMäki­nen, will move into the house.There are many risks involved inraising and straightening buildings. In2006, straightening a valuable empire-style printing house, which was built in1830 and is owned by the Åbo AkademiFoundation, was successfully completed.The house, designed by architect PerJohan Gylich, had tilted by45 centimetres over time.What was special aboutstraightening this 3,200-tonnebuilding was that it wasunder­pinned with drill pilesand basic structures. Thewhole process of straighten-ing this protected buildingcost over EUR 600,000.New support for the FrykmanbuildingRenovations on the lovely 1951 apart-ment building, designed by Erik Frykman,began in December 2009, and the workfinished in July 2010. The building wasoriginally piled with cohesive timberpiles, and the building had sunk and hadstarted to lean.Piling is done metre by metre. Thepile pipes slide down slowly powered bypressure from hydraulic machinery. Themetre-long pile pipes are joined togetherby induction heating a pile junction to600–700 degrees and adding it as anextension to the previous one. No weld-ing instrument is needed. Pile weldingperformed by induction heating is a pat-ented invention by YIT.– The length of one pile is about 48metres, and all in all 124 of these pileswere needed in piling the “Frykman”apartment building. Altogether 5,800metres of piling pipes were needed forthe house. The housing companies areresponsible for the renovations, and theowners of the property end up payingfor everything, Construction ManagerOlli Lemettinen says.The residents have been living in theirapartments throughout the renovationRENEWING Foundationsprocess, even though there has beenquite a ruckus in the basement. Hardlyanybody has complained about thedisturbance. The cost for renovating thefoundations was EUR 900,000.– The residents understand the valueof the repairs, because they were madefor their own benefit, Olli Lemettinenadds.Sizeable renovations on building foun-dations have also been made in otherplaces besides Turku. For instance inTampere, Aleksanteri Church has beenrenovated and the 5,000-tonne city hallin the City of Porvoo has been raisedand straightened.In Helsinki, for example, excavationand piling work has been done to theGovernment Palace, as well as the Surgi-cal Hospital. The Office of the Presidentof the Republic of Finland contractedfoundation renovations and maintenancetunnelling at Mariankatu. A massivecontract of EUR 6.1 million, finishedin 2004, was for the foundation buildingfor the Grand Casino. It included 7,500solid cubic metres of rock mining, 8,000solid cubic metres of soil excavation, 280drill piles, 300 jet piles and 3,200 m3ofcement structures.In Helsinki, the excavations, founda-tion building and underpinning for theSwedish Theatre began in June 2010.You can read more about the project onpages 34–35. ■The lovely 1951 apartment building inTurku, designed by architect Erik Frykman,was originally piled with cohesive timberpiling. The foundation work for thebuilding was finished in July 2010.– The length of one pile is about 48metres, and all in all 124 of these pileswere needed in piling the “Frykman”apartment building, says ConstructionManager Olli Lemettinen.Altogether 5,800 metres of pilingpipes were needed for piling theFrykman apartment building.The residents have not been greatly disturbedby the renovations in the basement, even thoughthe piling work took over six months. In thispicture, Petri Pääkkönen is piling an apartmentbuilding at Läntinen rantakatu 21 in Turku.4 | -ing -ing | 5The drop in groundwater levelsin clay soil is damaging propertiesbuilt on timber piles in Turku.The piling operation willsave both valuable estatesas well as ordinary apartmentbuildings.TEXT EIJA PESONEN PICTURES TEEMU HALLINEN
  4. 4. TEXT ANNELI PÕLDRA PICTURES YIT ARCHIVE-ing | 76 | -ingThe survey on utilising surplus heat was produced by Fin­nish Energy Industries and the Ministry of Employmentand the Economy. Experts are concerned about the lackof cooperation between Finnish industries and energy companies.Using surplus heat from industrial facilities has not increased inyears. It is common knowledge, however, that there is extensivepotential in utilising industrys surplus heat.The aim of the survey was to obtain a realistic picture of how toutilise surplus heat from Finnish industries for district heating.– Nearly all energy brought into the manufacturing facility dis-sipates as heat energy through cooling waters or exhaust air, forexample. This is called surplus or waste heat. This waste heatcould be used for up to 4-5 TWh of district heating per year, i.e.7 times more than currently used, states Eero Siitonen, DirectorProject Development from YIT Industrial and Network Services,and the coordinator of the survey.In 2008, the energy consumption of Finnish industries was157,000 gigawatt hours, and industries were responsible foralmost half of all energy consumption in Finland. Surplus heatutilisation accounted for only approximately 0.5 percent of totalenergy consumption and 2.5 percent of district heating in Finland.Sweden uses five times more surplus heat than Finland.– Selling the surplus heat from industrial companies wouldenhance the efficiency of energy use and bring in extra income.From the point of view of energy companies, utilising surplus heatin production would reduce the consumption of fuels as well asgreenhouse gas emissions. If the utilisation of surplus heat was apart of the official energy policy in Finland, the environment wouldalso win, sums up Eero Siitonen.Unfortunately, surplus heat is not seen as a renewable energyform, even though it is heat produced from fuel or renewablesources. Therefore, energy companies are not so eager to use itin acquiring energy. Everyone benefits from utilising surplus heat.-ing shortSURPLUS HEATPUT TO USEGreat Potential in Utilising Industrys Surplus HeatUsing surplus heat is not always the most cost-efficient optionfor energy companies, especially when it comes to co-production.Energy companies understandably try to optimise their own pro-duction and results.If surplus heat were considered a renewable form of energy,energy companies would be more likely to use it.Utilising surplus heat should become an obvious part of theenergy and energy-efficiency policy in Finland. Utilising surplusheat should be supported so that both producers and consumerswould see it as an attractive option, Eero Siitonen outlines solu-tions to the situation.Low-energy construction and low-temperature networks wouldmake it possible to utilise surplus heat more effectively. Conduct-ing surveys in different regions would help us determine the truepotential for production and utilisation, as well as technical solu-tions and costs.Guidelines for different energy audit programmes should bespecified to include a survey of the different options for utilisingsurplus heat outside the facility – in district heating, for example.With more flexible use of district heating networks, there couldbe an increase in utilising surplus heat directly from producer toconsumer.– We will soon be in a hurry with the utilisation procedures, asall other energy solutions detract from its potential. For example,the obligation to increase the use of wood energy with its invest-ment support will cut into investments in surplus energy, saysSiitonen, summing up the situation.FURTHER INFORMATION:Eero Siitonen, Director Project Developmenttel. +358 (0)400 423 504www.yitgroup.com/services/industry• approx. 0.5% of industrial surplus heat• approx. 2.5% of district heating– TV showIndustrial surplusheat utilisation isapprox. 770 GWh/aLast spring, YIT and Nordea Bank lenta hand to a reality TV show called“Better Than the Neighbour”, whichfollows energetic young couples as they tryto build a home with their own hands withinjust a few months. The value of the winningprize was half a million Estonian crowns.A panel of judges chose four couplesto turn a bare and vacant apartment intoa home. The apartment building involved,located in Keila, near Tallinn, had previouslybeen built by YIT. The couples were askedto finish decorating the interior and to carryout other necessary jobs within a given timeframe. When it came to design and decora-tion, judges and viewers alike were mostappreciative of personal style and intriguingsolutions. The show, which aired weekly,monitored the progress of the ‘builders’ asthey worked towards creating their pos-sible future home. Then the best one wasselected. To maintain the show’s credibility,an Open House Day was organised andhundreds of people showed up to see thecouples’ apartments for themselves.Retro, baroque, folk and recycledThe aim of the show was to offer audiencesan exciting glimpse into the multi-facetedexperience of building a home, offering ideasand showcasing diverse ways to use differentmaterials for interior decoration. For example,one couple chose a rope to replace skirtingboards, thus creating a homey yet natu-ral feel. The competitors were responsiblefor carrying out the entire job of decoratingthe interior, choosing suitable materials anddecorative elements while keeping to theirchosen theme. It was delightful to observehow the couples remained true to their styleto the very last detail. In the end, four distinctstyles – retro, baroque, folk and recycled –emerged, the last one conjuring up images ofa Jamaican summer!Besides YIT and Nordea, the show hadmany other partners, including companiesoffering interior decoration materials and furni-ture manufacturers. What’s more, the partici-pants actively used their imagination, fashion-ing their own decorative objects and restoringfurniture bought second hand; to make thehomes even cosier, participants even tailoredwindow blinds themselves. Also, old vinylrecords were used for decorating walls and,even more surprisingly, ceiling lights.In the final show, the viewers, who hadformed a fan club without the participantsknowledge, chose the winning couple. Thewinners, Katri Järvpõld and Siim Laine,believe they won the public over by usinga folk style, which had many supporters insouthern Estonia, especially in Võrumaa.– We were secretly hoping for a victorybefore the final show, but we still found ithard to believe we’d do this well, said SiimLaine, happily.As soon as the show ended, the youngparticipants expressed a wish to move intothe newly decorated apartments, but theydidn’t know how they would finance the loan.The participants were still studying and notyet working. However, after having built thebathrooms tile by tile and covering every sur-face with colour stroke by stroke, the couplesgrew more and more attached to their cre­ations. Siim and Katri were especially pleasedwith their music room, where the wallpaperis made of pages of sheet music, a detailcherished by Siim, who is a musician. Also, afireplace won during the show was installedin the bathroom; and the cheerful look ofthe living room wallpaper with its folk patterncould surely brighten any blue Monday.Fate was not as kind to the three coupleswho lost. None of them could hide their dis-appointment and tears. They all said it waspainful to give up a home you have createdyourself.This was the first time that YIT took partin an Estonian reality show – indeed, oneof the most interesting ones. In addition toraising awareness about the company’sexistence locally and providing a change ofpace, the experience also emboldened thecompany to consider future participation insimilar projects. The idea to participate in theprogramme came about when word got outthat the producers of the show were seekinga partner with unfinished apartments. SinceYIT had a recently constructed, but empty,house in Keila, an agreement with the pro-ducers was swiftly made, the conditions wereagreed upon and a week later the partici-pants were selected and work could begin.It’s worth noting that the programme alsomade a positive impact on sales in the rest ofthe apartment building.“Better Thanthe Neighbour”aired for thethird time lastspring.YIT helps young peoplecreate their own homes.BETTER THAN THE NEIGHBOURTEXT EIJA PESONEN GRAPHIC EERO SIITONEN
  5. 5. Steffen Pfund, CEO ofCaverion, is raisingthe new flag on the pole.TEXT EIJA PESONEN PICTURE YIT ARCHIVE-ing | 98 | -ingYIT purchased the business op-erations of Caverion GmbH, acompany offering technical build-ing systems services, at the end ofAugust.Through corporate acquisitions,YIT’s network has strengthened and its profes-sional competence has expanded. YIT can serveits clients better than ever, and industrial servicesand air handling and cooling expertise have beenparticularly enhanced. In order to offer morecomprehensive services and to develop businessefficiency and profitability, YIT is focusing itsoperations in each country under one corporation.The portion of building system services inYIT’s business operations grew. The businessoperations of the corporation in Central Europedoubled, and YIT became the second largestprovider of technical building system services inGermany.The aim is to develop operations in Central Eu-ropean countries and to become a market leaderin Germany.The price paid for Caverion’s shares was EUR73 million. The company’s turnover in 2009 wasEUR 440 million and profit was EUR 10.9 mil-lion euros. As a result of the acquisition, YITacquired approximately 2,000 new employees.More Technical Building System ServicesOffered in DenmarkIn addition, YIT has entered into a contract withStensdal Group A/S to purchase the operationsof Carl Christensen & Co. According to the con-tract, the operations of the 113-year-old companywere transferred to YIT’s ownership on 9 August2010. Carl Christensen has 250 employees in Aal-borg, Århus, Vejle and Rødovre. Turnover in 2009was EUR 33.3 million.Through the acquisition, the number of YIT’spersonnel in Denmark increased to 1,450. Thedeal supported YIT’s strategic goals to expand itsbusiness sectors and geographic area in order tomeet the needs of the growing demand for build-ing system solutions, energy saving services, andversatile service and maintenance contracting onthe Danish market.Construction Services Expand to SlovakiaYIT has expanded its operations to Slovakia bypurchasing the Slovakian construction companyReding as. The company was sold by its founderLadislav Versovsky. Seventy percent of the shareswere sold to YIT. Versovsky will continue as theCEO of the company as well as a business part-ner with a 30 percent share in the company.Reding is a construction company focused onbuilding housing and facilities. The company’sbusiness ideas include both contracting and in-dependent production of housing as well as realestate development. The company has a goodmarket position in Bratislava and the surroundingareas. The company’s turnover is approximatelyEUR 30 million and the number of personnel is180. The family company was established in 1997.– YIT provides the company and its personnelwith good opportunitiesto develop their operationsand serve their clients in aversatile manner. We canexpand and enhance busi-ness operations by combin-ing the professional skillsof both companies, espe-cially by making use of Reding’s local knowledge,and the international experience and financialresources of YIT. The company now has a betterchance to invest in independent housing produc-tion and real estate development, states LadislavVersovsky, CEO of Reding.Corporate acquisitions are a part of YIT’sstrategy to expand construction services in Cen-tral Eastern Europe. YIT expanded its operationsto the Czech Republic in 2008. Through the ac-quisition of Reding, Slovakia will become a newcountry of operations for YIT. ■YIT became the secondlargest service provider intechnical building systemsin Germany.investingYIT became the secondbiggest provider oftechnical building systemsservices in Germany.Cooperation withKarolinska UniversityHospital ContinuesYIT has entered into a renewed contract with Locum AB toperform technical maintenance on Karolinska University Hos-pital in Solna, Sweden. YIT has had the contract since 2002.The buildings and infrastructure cover approximately 390,000 squaremetres. The contract includes, among other things, surveillance,maintenance, on-call service, repairs, damage reports and other ser­vices for tenants.In terms of the buildings, the contract took effect on 1 July 2010,and in terms of the infrastructure the date is 1 April 2011. The con-tract is valid for five years, with the option to extend it for two years ata time.Regional Council of Västerbotten Continueswith Energy CooperationThe Regional Council of Västerbotten (VLL) in Sweden is continuingwith procedures for energy conservation signing a contract with YITthat is valid until 2016. The contract is worth approximately EUR 5.5million, and it also includes a maintenance option.The contract includes all VLL-owned properties where the potentialfor energy conservation has been observed. The energy-efficiency up-In connection with the official visit of the Vice Presidentof The People’s Republic of China, YIT Industrial andNetwork Services Ltd and China Development Banksigned a Letter of Intent. The Letter outlines the initiation ofcooperation in order to develop energy efficiency servicesfor Chinese industries.grades will be made, for instance, in Skellefteå,Lycksele and Umeå hospitals and most healthcare centres. Thetotal area of the properties is 485,000 square metres.According to calculations, the upgrades will result in an energysavings for Västerbotten Regional Council of 10,500 MW per year, orEUR 0.5 million. With this project, the Regional Council will obtain newtechnology and training in energy efficiency.Technical services for hospitals and healthcarecentres in NorrbottenNorrbotten Region and YIT have entered into a contract on the per-formance of technical services and maintenance for the hospitals inJällivaara, Kiiruna and Piitime, as well as many healthcare centresin the area. The contract is valid for five years, after which it can berenewed one year at a time.The contract covers approximately 290,000 square metres of prop-erties, and includes surveillance, on-call service, preventive mainte-nance procedures and repairs, damage reports as well as services fortenants.Signing the Letter of Intent at the Presidential Palace on 26 March2010. In the background, Vice President Xi Jinping and PresidentTarja Halonen. On the left, Chen Yuan, Governor of CDB, and on theright, Erkki Huusko, Managing Director of YIT Industrial and NetworkServices Ltd with Eero Siitonen, Director Project Development.Letter of Intentconcerning energy efficiencyservices for Chinese industriesCORPORATE ACQUISITIONSin Central Europe and the Nordic Countries-ing short
  6. 6. In Finland in the 1960s, it was enough forthose wanting to move from the country-side to be able to live near a city in housesthat satisfied their basic needs. Nowadaysthe situation is very different. The rise inliving standards has turned the resident intoa client, and understanding his or her wishes isnow a significant success factor for constructioncontractors, architects as well as planners.− Previously, the idea was that people wouldgo to work in the morning, and then go hometo the suburbs to rest. Future housing areas willresemble versatile service villages, that are basedon interaction between services, workplaces andother areas of life, states professor JarmoSuom­­inen­­from Aalto University. Suominen leadsthe Future Home Institute, which operates inconnection with the Helsinki University of Artand Design.In Suominen’s view, the problem with tradi­tional suburban areas is that they are too mono­tonous.− They have been built to solve one problem– they earned the nickname sleeping suburbs asthey are places where you only go to rest. Butmodern people enjoy active living, not just pas-sive housing. They expect housing areas to pro-vide opportunities for both work and leisure.From Resident to ClientWhen consumer-clients choose a car to go withtheir lifestyle and identity, they choose fromamong hundreds of models – despite the fact thatthe necessary technical solutions can be countedon the fingers of both hands. The same kind ofthinking is becoming more common also in thehousing market. Personal feelings and preferencesbecome deciding factors when choosing a home.Many current trends also affect decisions, such asecological issues, remote working, self identity, asense of community, electronic services, the age-ing population and safety issues.Is the future home therefore an intelligent andinteractive nerve centre, full of sensors, recep-tors and the latest technology? Or rather a sourceof inspiration, where residents can fully expressthemselves? Or perhaps a sanctuary where onecan rest and relax, safe from the chaotic worldoutside? Suominen believes the future home willbe all of these. In his vision, the future home isa service platform that will help fulfil individualneeds in different situations.– A person is the client of his or her home,and the home must meet the needs of the client.In the future, the resident-client will be able topick and choose whatever he or she wants forthe house, just like dining from a buffet table. Allelements are prepared by a professional chef andindustrially manufactured, but they have not beencemented together into one massive, standardisedwhole, Suominen explains.Intelligent Technology Sneaking intoHomesHannu Soronen, a researcher from the Unit ofHuman-Centred Technology at the TampereUniversity of Technology, estimates that enter-tainment technology, technical solutions andhome technology will be even more closely linkedtogether and become part of everyday life in ourhomes.– The so-called intelligent home is no longermerely for the amusement of rich people, but it isbecoming a product for the masses. Technology issneaking into kitchens and bathrooms, and intel-ligent technology will soon be everywhere.The breakthrough of intelligent technologyhas been slowed by the fact that a full packagefor an intelligent home is yet to be developed. Weneed companies that are able to combine intel-ligent properties with technical building proc-esses. There is also a demand for supplementaryservices, such as security control systems andsurveillance.– Intelligent systems will become increasinglycommon once experts in the field emphasise thepossibilities that technology can provide: health,functionality and security, says Soronen. ■From Passive Housing toACTIVE LIVINGTEXT JUKKA HOLOPAINEN PICTURE YIT ARCHIVE10 | -ing -ing | 11The future home is a service platformthat will help fulfil individual needs indifferent situations.Future residents will demand individual housingoptions from which they can pick and choosethose most suitable.
  7. 7. HOAS, the Foundation for Student Housingin the Helsinki Region, was established in1969 to help relieve the student housing situ-ation in the metropolitan area. The studentunions of the University of Helsinki andAalto University, as well as a dozen otherstudent unions and student associations, are involved in HOASoperations. The foundation rents apartments in the metropoli-tan area to students studying at secondary-level educationalinstitutions or universities, and during the summer season tonon-students as well.– Our basic mission has remained the same over the decades:we produce and maintain quality student housing. Since,however, we are a part of a bigger housing market, economictrends have a great effect on how we carry out this mission,states Heikki Valkjärvi.For HOAS, an economic boom results in decreased de-mand. When the economic situation is good and loans are easyto obtain, parents and grandparents are more likely to buyapartments for their children and grand-children. When the economic situationbecomes more unstable, people becomeinterested in affordable rental options andthe number of housing applications startsto rise.According to the ManagingDirector of HOAS, Heikki Valkjärvi,the future prospects for studenthousing will be influenced mostby internationalisation, a changein community values and newstandards focusing on energyefficiency and other housinginfrastructure provisions.IN SEARCH OF HOUSINGTRENDSTEXT JUKKA HOLOPAINEN PICTURES PETRI JUNTUNEN, SHUTTERSTOCK-ing | 1312 | -ing“The longer a resident stays,the more the softer valuesstart to matter, such as thequality of the housing and livingenvironment.”
  8. 8. as uncomplicated as possible. In addi-tion, different guidebooks, websites andinformation services must be offered inseveral languages.Housing Wishes Revealed byThorough ResearchHOAS performs active surveys on thewishes of its residents. Resident surveysare performed every three months. Inaddition, an annual survey for long-termresidents is performed.– There is a clear difference betweenthe preferences of long-term and short-term residents in HOAS apartments. Therelationship with the client starts withputting a roof over their heads as soonas possible. The longer a resident stays,the more the softer values start to mat-ter, such as the quality of the housingand living environment – for example,the availability of services in the localneighbourhood and the courtyard area– and at some point matters regardingfamily, explains Valkjärvi.The basic factors for residential sat-isfaction, which all students value, areaffordable price, good location and goodconnections – both transportation andnetwork connections. In all HOAS hous-ing, a broadband connection has beenthe standard for the past ten years.– We have also tried to look into thekind of housing that students would liketo live in. If money were no object, asmall two-room apartment would seemto be the ideal option for most. With astudent budget, the size of apartmentusually matters less and the proximity tothe centre becomes more important.Hunters of an Active HousingCommunityIn the future, housing needs will be un-der special scrutiny by HOAS. Valkjärviis leading an extensive project calledHousing Utopias, which allows the foun-dation to chart housing prospects up to30 years into the future. Partners are alsoincluded in the process.– We have, of course, asked our resi-dents directly for their opinions on whatkinds of apartments we should build in thefuture and where they should be located.Resident surveys are, however, not the bestway to obtain creative results. Thereforethe utopia project also includes brain-storming workshops, which allow for morefar-reaching answers and new viewpointson the topic, explains Valkjärvi.– At the beginning of the new mil-lennium, we were wondering whetherdemand for our housing would perma-nently decrease: the size of the age groupentering university is diminishing, andthe available places at secondary edu-cational institutions are not increasing.Then the recession struck and applica-tions doubled.There are approximately 100,000 stu-dents in higher education institutions inthe metropolitan area. This is already alarge number in need of accommodation– especially when general constructionof rental apartments has been relativelylow in the 2000s. HOAS has, however,already built 2,500 apartments in thepast decade.– Throughout the 2000s, I have beenasked whether we are still buildingshared student apartments. We do stillbuild them in some of the buildings,because it is an affordable way to live inthe expensive housing market in the met-ropolitan area, says Valkjärvi.International Students ShapeHousing SolutionsAccording to Valkjärvi, the most visiblechange to student housing in the 2000shas been the arrival of internationalresidents.– We cooperate with schools by offer-ing apartments and housing services tointernational exchange students. They al-most always resort to rental apartments– in practice, student apartments. Thistrend will only grow in the coming years.Finland has a great need to help interna-tional professionals to integrate and stayhere. Hopefully we will do our part inhelping people make a home here.The increasing number of interna-tional residents affects the building anddesigning of apartments, for example, inthat HOAS apartments require solutionsthat anyone can use.– When staying abroad, I have noticedthat showers, for example, have manydifferent kinds of user interfaces. HOASshould apply solutions that are simple,predictable and easy, so that living isHOAS in numbers• nearly 8,200 apartments• approximately 17,000 residents• approximately 10,000 new leases a year• average time of tenancy: 1.5 years per lease• occupancy rate: 98 percent in 2009– I suspect that there will be somecentral issues in the future that were notvery significant just a few years ago. Oneof these is energy efficiency, which willmost definitely be an important topicfrom now on. Another is the changeshappening in the provisions for housinginfrastructure, regarding, for example,standards concerning bomb shelters,parking spaces and garbage disposal.A third is the use of the common spaceof the housing complex and communalinteraction between residents.It has been proven that an active hous-ing community enhances the comfortof residents, reduces the need for basicrenovations, and also lowers buildingMoving Inspections and MaintenanceHOAS manages matters regarding leases and tenancyitself, but its partner YIT has a significant role in themaintenance of the properties.– The most practical issue that we take care of withYIT is moving inspections for the apartments. Peoplemove in and out of HOAS apartments over 10,000times every year. We visit each location one to threetimes to check the condition of the apartment beforeand after, and in cases where there is a need for re-pairs. YIT performs the whole inspection on our behalf,says Heikki Valkjärvi.Depending on the property, there are also smallrenovations and maintenance procedures involved inthe moving process. Valkjärvi emphasises that theseinspections are an important practice for HOAS, andprovide the foundation with significant information interms of long-term decisions.– Moving is a significant part of the service process.First impressions are critical: when a new tenant goesinto an apartment and everything is not in order, he orshe feels cheated. With moving and property inspec-tions, we aim to minimise such disappointments.New Technological Aids on the WayThe close connection between YIT and HOAS in prop-erty management began in 2000 when HOAS sold itsreal estate company to YIT. In addition to inspections,the cooperation includes infrastructure maintenance;for example, maintaining and repairing courtyards.HOAS properties are also under automated surveil-lance, which YIT performs remotely from its owncontrol room. It also measures consumption in thebuildings, which gives the foundation valuable informa-tion on energy consumption at its properties as well aspossible deviations.– Advancements in technology provide us with newopportunities all the time. We have had a service web-site for tenants for the past 12 years, and I believe thatproperty maintenance and management will also benefitfrom new technological aids in the future. Then YIT’stasks would consist more of maintenance than repairs.maintenance costs. The activeness oftenants in a tenant democracy also pre-vents conflicts between tenant and land-lord. The club rooms of HOAS build-ings, for example, have traditionally beenlively places for meetings and discussion.In the past years, the sense of commu-nity has gone through a transformation;relationships between people are shapedmore through information networksthan physical location.– Common spaces should still bebuilt in housing complexes, but they donot have the same meaning as before.New ways to encourage resident activityshould be found. It is a great challenge forus, and we cannot lose our grip on it. Thesense of community in a housing complexbenefits HOAS in that when residentsspend time and work together, the premis-es also stay in better condition.Great Changes in the MarketAccording to Valkjärvi, HOAS monitorsinternational developments in studenthousing.– England has an interesting studenthousing market, because there are veryhigh-standard student apartments oncampus areas, in addition to other formsof housing. They have a Starbucksdownstairs, air-conditioned gyms andguards in the lobbies. Only students whocan afford to pay for the luxury can livein these apartments. In Finland, we donot have such housing options at all. Onthe other hand, Aalto University hasworld-class objectives. It will be interest-ing to see whether the top-level studentsthat it reaches out to expect luxurioushousing as well, says Valkjärvi, contem-plating the situation.In addition to luxury apartments, onecan see incredibly small rooms in someplaces around the world that wouldsimply not get past Finnish legislation –such as movable container apartmentsthat can be quickly arranged and do nottake up much space.– I would bet that student housing op-tions will increase here as well. The nextten years will indeed be an interestingtime for inexpensive rental housing. Thedecade will bring more changes in themarket than the past 30 years combined,predicts Valkjärvi. ■-ing | 1514 | -ing“Aalto University has world-class objectives.It will be interesting to see whether the top-level students that it reaches out to expectluxurious housing as well.”
  9. 9. TEXT KATRI ISOTALO PICTURES ARI RASKProfessionally-ownedhousing cooperativesgenerally take good careof the basic renovationsof their buildings.– Basic renovationsalso preserve the value of the property,points out Production Manager JarkkoKoivisto from YIT Renovation Construc-tion Services.Many of the suburbs in the capitalarea were built in the 1960s and 1970s,and with buildings of that age, the term“basic renovation” first brings to mindplumbing renovations. However, win-dows, roofs and facades also deterioratewithout fundamental renovations. Inpractise, facade renovations are per-formed generally as often as plumbingrenovations.Large-scale repairs simultaneously– cheaper and fasterA growing number of basic renovationsinclude improvements to the level ofequipment and components. YIT is cur-rently performing basic renovations tothe facades and balconies of a propertythat includes five houses in Laajasalo inHelsinki. At the same time, new balconiesand elevators and entirely new storeys arebeing built on the property, and the luckyresidents of the new storeys will be ableto enjoy the sea view in their city-ownedrental apartment. By using the right tobuild upwards, 22 new and high-qualityhomes are being developed.According to Koivisto, the ownersof a great number of properties areusually aware of basic renovationneeds well in advance, and the repairsare implemented in a consistent man-ner. These mass owners also tend tohave all major renovations performed atthe same time. Having comprehensivebasic renovations done all at once, fromproject plan to finish, is usually moreeconomical and faster than doing themin small parts. This also restrains theexponential growth of the apartmentrenovation market in the capital area,regardless of the fact that most of thebuilding stock in the suburbs is of thesame age.In small, private housing cooperatives,the decision-making process is harder. Ifthe housing cooperative hasn’t reservedfunds for basic renovations, the onlyoption is usually a company loan andperforming the renovations as smallerseparate contracts.Do energy decisions affectrenovation construction?Across the world, and to some degree inFinland as well, old apartment buildingsare being torn down entirely. However,Jarkko Koivisto doesn’t believe thatthis will become a common practice, atleast in the capital area. Nevertheless,legislation and possible changes in pricesregarding energy solutions and energyconsumption may well change the mar-ket for renovation construction.– The pay-back periods for energy-saving investments have so far beenmuch too long. Heating solutions andinsulation have been improved mostly inconnection with other repairs. It is verypossible that the situation will change inthe coming years, Koivisto states. nThe correct timingfor carrying outrenovations requiresthe optimisation ofmaintenance andrenovation costs. Thisis best accomplishedthrough long-termplanning.with Basic RenovationsBETTER LIVING16 | -ing -ing | 17B A R ÐAUSKO N A M A IY I T B U S T A S L TYIT builds apartments inseven different countries.YIT builds apartments inseven different countries.Our concept is basedon excellent housingplanning, technicallyhigh-quality housingsolutions and, above all, listening to andunderstanding our clients locally.– We have the best possible potentialfor that, because our clients are servedby our housing sales professionals in allof our operating countries, and plan-ning and construction are also in ourown hands, states Liisa Aho, Sales andMarketing Director at YIT InternationalConstruction Services.Our goal is to provide our clients in allour sectors with the best possible clientexperience. A large group of personnelat different organisational levels in allour operating countries have describedmeeting points for clients and consideredwhat kind of service we can provide toTargetting the BestClient Experience in the FieldThe client must alwaysknow what will happennext in the buyingprocess.TEXT EIJA PESONEN PICTURES YIT ARCHIVEsupport and assist the client in the proc-ess of buying an apartment, during themoving phase and also while living in theproperty.– In this manner, we have receivedservice descriptions by country. Thetarget is for our service chain to betransparent in all of our operating coun-tries. The client must always know whatwill happen next in the buying process,as buying a new home, selling an oldapartment, or waiting for the construc-tion phase to finish are all stressful, Ahoemphasises.The international look of YITHome is renewedPreviously, YIT Home was a sub-brandwith its own logo in YIT’s brand hier-archy. YIT is now a single brand, withYIT Home functioning as a service andmarketing concept for consumers. TheYIT Home concept has a warmer andmore versatile look. We also want tomake it more fun than before. Aboveall, we emphasise the role of the worksite as a marketing channel. Fences,bulletin boards on site and buildingfacades are all good places for market-ing messages.– Our apartment sales everywherewill change according to the YIT Homeconcept. Apartment sales locationshave already been renewed in Helsinki,Jyväskylä, Oulu, St. Petersburg andPrague, explains Liisa Aho. n
  10. 10. One’s own home is the mostimportant place for any per-son. It should offer all mod-ern conveniences and servethe resident’s needs. Aarre of-fers even more: accessibility,clear and wholesome design, and a range of smalldetails that make life easier through technical so-lutions. Even though the Aarre concept has beendesigned as lifespan apartments, the propertiesare suitable for all age groups.Aarre homes have been developed and designedpurely on the basis of the wishes and needs ofresidents. Surveys have been conducted for dif-ferent target groups, and on the basis of thefeedback, we are able to offer even more detailedtechnical solutions than before.To start with, Aarre homes come with a stan­dard package that includes all the comforts ofmodern living, such as a glass-enclosed balcony,parquet floors, high-quality home appliances, un-derfloor heating in bathrooms, as well as informa-tion network cables for Internet use.Safe living close to local servicesThe entry systems in Aarre houses are designedaccording to the latest technology and are easy touse. Doors open with key cards, and unnecessarythresholds have been done away with.Necessary alterations in kitchens and bath-rooms in Aarre apartments are easy to obtain.The customised packages have been designed onthe basis of resident surveys. In these surveys,residents have paid particular attention to makingeveryday life easier in their own homes. Differenttechnical solutions have been developed specifi-cally for these needs.Aarre offers three different customised pack-ages, each of which has been designed to facilitatemobility and accessibility, and to support sight andmemory. Customers can choose a package as awhole, or only a part of it according to their needs.A common room for joint eventsAlthough the sauna is important to Finns, alarger bathroom or clothes closet is also highlyvalued. Aarre offers the possibility to build alarger bathroom or clothes closet instead of asauna space, as all Aarre apartment buildingshave a common sauna facility.According to survey findings, a common roomwas seen as a desirable space for gatherings. Theroom is modern and spacious. The kitchen andsauna make it possible to use the space for privateparties or family festivities. The space may alsoserve as temporary accommodation for visitingrelatives or children, for example. The commonroom also serves as a great place for free time ac-tivities and pleasant get-togethers with friends. nMORE INFORMATION:Mr Marko Oinas, Vice President, Leisure Housingmarko.oinas@yit.fiAarre is an example of very developed housingthat meets the varied and demanding needs ofresidents. Anyone can easily design an Aarrehouse according to their own preferences withthe help of customised packages.Expectations of the future modes of housingQuality survey expert Inspirans conducted a survey in December 2009 inorder to discover what expectations, hopes and needs the ageing popula-tion have on future modes of housing. Feedback was collected from theresidents of Asunto Oy Helsinki Villa Ventus as well as their children.The YIT housing model for the ageing population received positive feed-back from those who took part in the survey.They felt the model takes into consideration the special needs of ageingpeople. Very positive feedback was given regarding the fact that the apart-ments can be customised according to one’s own limitations. This creates asense of security in the possibility of living independently in one’s own homefor as long as possible.According to the survey, it is essential to invest in the buildings technicalsolutions to meet the needs of ageing people. These solutions directly facili-tate activities in everyday life.Residents are not willing to pay for “joint services” since they may notnecessarily use these services themselves. They do, however, value servicesthat are easy to obtain when they can access them according to their needs.Aarre has been designed aslifespan apartments for theelderly, but its properties aresuitable for all age groups.TEXT EIJA PESONEN PICTURES YIT ARCHIVEA Jewel Among Apartments– Aarre Comes with Many Conveniences!18 | -ing -ing | 19
  11. 11. In October, YIT launched a construction project for leisure housingin the Vanajanlinna area in Hämeenlinna as well as in the Imatra Spaarea, based on the 22 Villas concept. The Vanajanlinna Villas apart-ments will be located in the historical milieu near the Linna GolfClubhouse. The apartments will be built as semi-detached houses,and each house comes with two Linna Golf shares. The Imatra SpaVillas apartments are located next door to Imatra Spa, and they come witha breathtaking view over Lake Saimaa. The types of apartments found atImatra Spa Villas vary from one-storey semi-detached houses to two-storeybungalows.In both residential areas, these new sites are only the first phase of a big-ger plan. Altogether 80 holiday apartments will be built in Vanajanlinna,and 150 apartments in Imatra. Leisure housing in the form of small, singlehouses located in southern Finland represent a new addition to the YITChalets & Villas offering.– New sites located in southern Finland make our selection available allyear round, giving our customers more choice for their holidays throughour Holiday Network, which connects all of our leisure housing, explainsMarko Oinas, Head of YIT Leisure Housing.Leisure housing built according to the YIT concept and to be sold to bothprivate customers and companies has already been built or is in the processof being built in Levi, Ylläs, Saariselkä, Vuokatti, Hyrynsalmi, Lappajärvi,Tahko, Sappee and Vierumäki.In the summer, the fourth round of the YIT Golf Tour was played on31 July at Vierumäki Golf, in the vicinity of the YIT Vierumäki Chaletsapartments. The round was won by Timo and Hannu Hietala. The ScandicVierumäki Congress Hotel, with restaurants, wellness and entertainmentservices, has recently been built next to the holiday housing area.Newest sites at Vanajanlinna and Imatra SpaLast summer, YIT organised for the first time the YIT Golf Tour for ama-teurs. All four rounds and the final were played at holiday centres where YIThas built or is in the process of building new leisure housing. The final be-tween the winners of the rounds took place on 14 August on the Levi Golfcourse. The winners of the final were determined – just as in the tourna-ments – by a modified bogey points competition between pairs. The winningpair was Riku Rustari and Miika Nyman.– The YIT Golf Tour has proved to be a good way of promoting themany leisure time products and services that YIT offers. The feedback re-garding the tour has been positive, and Chalets & Villas holiday apartmentsseem to be of interest to more and more people, says Marko Oinas.YIT Chalets & Villas residences are fully furnished and equipped apart-ments connected to active holiday centres, excellent sports facilities andholiday services. When a resident is not personally using an apartment, he orshe can, if they wish to do so, give YIT’s service partners permission to rentit out. ■COMFORTABLYIN YOUR LEISURE TIMETEXT JUKKA HOLOPAINEN PICTURES YIT ARCHIVES-ing | 21YIT Chalets & Villas, likethis one in Vierumäki,are fully furnished andequipped apartmentsconnected to activeholiday centres, excel-lent sports facilities andholiday services.20 | -ingLIVE
  12. 12. The company provides awide scope of services forbuilders of family houses,residential and commer-cial developers, and devel-opers for retail, hotels andwarehouses. The services are provided toboth local and foreign clients.The new housing areas around Praguehave been chosen to meet the needsof clients; the living environments arepleasant and they are situated about 30minutes from the city centre with goodtransportation connections.– Euro Stavokonsult has been operat-ing on the Czech market for more than20 years. Since the very beginning, wehave been monitoring the market devel-opment and comparing the market needsbased on the demand and supply. Wehave always employed highly qualifiedexperts and specialists with great knowl-edge of the local and international con-struction market. Our goal is to becomea reliable, professional company with agood reputation, says Vladimir Dvorak,Managing Director.There is a constant demand for hous-ing on the Czech market, even thoughthe demand is lower than in years 2006– 2008.The gap between demand and supplyis not huge. There seems to be more sup-ply than demand, but most of the apart-ments available are located on the edgesof Prague.Nice residential area with a goodtransportation systemWe are going to build our residentialprojects in the wider centre of Prague.All areas fulfil clients’ needs, of a niceresidential area with good transport ac-cess to the city centre within 30 minutes.The very first YIT Stavo project is beingbuilt at Prague 15 – Hostivar, followed bythe second project in Prague 11 – Háje.Next year we are starting the con-struction at Prague 10 – Strašnice andPrague 5 – Košíre. It depends on thetarget group and clients’ preferences, butwe can generally state that local peoplelike to live in nice residential areas witheasy access to the city centre by publictransportation. Green areas for leisureactivities should be accessible by foot, ifpossible, says Dvorak.Interest in the Finnish tradition– Czech people like modern, simple,functional architecture, emphasisesVladimir Dvorak.Dvorak says that the building trendsare very similar to Finnish architecture.They follow the Finnish building tradi-tions – wide service selection, excellentcustomer service, and high quality mate-rials, saunas and kitchens.– Selecting the materials and kitchenappliances is one of the most importantthings affecting the decision to buy theapartment. YIT pays special attentionto making sure that the supplier canprovide a wide selection of materials andservices for our clients. They also providethe kitchen appliances. The kitchen isdesigned in a modern Finnish style. Theclient can choose from a wide selectionof colours and materials. We also wantto bring Finnish saunas to the market asstandard equipment of YIT apartments.– Studies show that location is still themain criteria when buying an apart-YIT acquired the Euro Stavokonsultcompany in May 2008. The companyoffers construction, planning and projectmanagement services.New Homes are BeingConstructed around the City of PragueWe aim to be an environmentally friendly company, andhelp our clients cut energy expenses, Dvorak says.ment. People usually choose an apart-ment based on location, price, size andappointments. The dream flat is about90 m2in size. It is located in a quiet loca-tion, close to green areas and with easyaccess to the city centre.Environment and safety areimportantYIT in Czech provides comprehensiveservices, taking care of the clients fromthe beginning of their decision to pur-chase. Clients have one contact person inYIT, and free moving services and post-move services are also provided.– We aim to use technical solutionsfocusing on environment and safety. Theprices for gas and electricity in the CzechRepublic are increasing, and people arelooking for cheaper energy solutions. Wetry to offer good energy solutions for ourclients, even though they are still verycostly in the Czech Republic, Dvorakstates.– Our aim is to use green energy solu-tions, e.g. solar panels. In residentialbuildings, natural ventilation is used.The quality of living is enhanced byusing a ventilation system with heatrecovery. The problem is the high costs.Sustainable development is a widelydiscussed issue, but it is rarely imple-mented due to the expenses. The Czechgovernment offers financial support forenergy-saving solutions, such as solarenergy, earth heating pumps, better in-sulated windows and thermal insulatedwall structures.– Energy saving is one of the coremessages we want to emphasise in YITservices. One of the main challenges ismaking use of energy-saving solutionsin all housing projects. We aim to be anenvironmentally friendly company, andhelp our clients cut energy expenses,Dvorak says. ■KOTI Hájek is a new residential projectlocated in the south-east district ofPrague called Háje. The four-storeybuilding comprises 35 apartments ofvarious sizes with underground park-ing. Each ground-floor apartment has itsown garden. Design aims to deliver moresustainable solutions in terms of ecology,corresponding with building economicsand offering convenient social environ-ment.One of the main sustainable features,besides the required thermal insulationcharacteristics of the designed struc-tures, is the solar water heating (SWH)systems, which will be used for heatingdomestic water. The SWH system isdesigned to deliver the optimum amountof hot water for most of the year. How-ever, in winter there sometimes may notbe sufficient solar heat gain to deliversufficient hot water. In this case a gasbooster will normally be used to heat thewater. In order to heat water using solarenergy, 23 collectors in an overall area of60 m2will be placed on the flat roof fac-ing south. Applying such a technologywill lower gas consumption by 5 000 cbma year, which represents about 48% ofthe required gas demand to heat water, ifthe solar system is not used.Installing a solar water heating systemwill count as part of the Green SavingsScheme. The Green Savings Scheme is anational government programme, whichfocuses on support for heating installa-tions utilising renewable energy sources,but also investment in energy savings inreconstructions and new buildings. TheCzech Republic has raised funds forthis programme to be used as grants, ifa building design complies with definedrequirements. Applicants eligible for thegrant may be owners, associations ofdwelling unit owners, local municipalitiesor business entities.Another sustainable design featureis a reduction of the heat island effectby placing parking underground anddesigning a vegetated roof accessible toapartment owners. All the green areasalso designed above part of the under-ground parking will reduce storm waterrun-off. The open grid paving systemis used to access road to the seweragepump instead of impervious surface.With the demand for sustain­ableliving growing, our goal is to deliverprojects that are more competitive andattractive to potential clients than otherresidential developments on the localmarket. ■KOTI Hajek is a small housing projectlocated in the wider centre of Prague,Prague 11 – Háje. It is nice residentiallocation with good access to the citycentre, green areas and a natural lake.The project consist of 35 apartmentsranging from small to large.22 | -ing -ing | 23TEXT EIJA PESONEN PICTURE JONI NUUTINENSustainable Design of KOTI Hájek,Prague, Czech RepublicWater heating gas consumptionWater heating gas consumption incl. SWHGas average priceEstimated savings per buildingAverage estimated savings per flat123 MWh/year58 MWh/year1.05 CZK/kWh68,250 CZK/year2,000 CZK/yearEstimated savings
  13. 13. 24 | -ing -ing | 25YIT’s housing market inRussia 9/2010Homes under construction 5,800 unitsHousing starts 3,600 unitsCompleted homes 3,200 unitsIn the 19th century, Finns builtmany log houses communally,with the strength of the family orfellow villagers. When the housewas completed up to the rooftop,the builders faced the biggest jobof all: raising the ridgepole onto theroof. The whole village was called overto join forces to make it happen. Peoplewere always glad to help out. After all,lifting the ridgepole was a show of mightfollowed by a big celebration. Whenthe ridgepole was in place, the man andwoman of the house started serving foodand drinks.The most important thing about thetopping out celebration is acknowledg-ing the success of the collective effort.Finally, the speeches given by all partiesraise the mood of the party to the roof.Quality shows directionYIT Lentek “raised the ridgepole” of theKomendantsky apartment building A 11in St. Petersburg. The achievement wasthen celebrated with the whole projectcrowd. Pea soup was served at thegathering, but home-brewed beer wasreplaced by "kvass".The topping out ceremony was cel-ebrated together with VyacheslavSemenenko, Chair of noted St. Peters-burg Housing Committee, Merja Åberg,Consul for Finland in St. Petersburg, andYIT housing construction managementand employees. The guests attended aguided tour conducted by Director Gen-eral ­Mihail Voziyanov and ConstructionProduction Manager Pekka Frilander.The custom of raising theridgepole with the help ofneighbours began in Finlandin the 19th century. Eventhough construction tech-niques and materials havechanged, this “topping out”ceremony continues to becelebrated in the custom-ary way: with pea soup andhome-brewed beer. YIT alsocherishes the tradition: theKomendantsky residentialcomplex in St. Petersburgraised the ridgepole in July2010.Pea Soup and Home-brewedBeer – a Finnish Tradition– YIT complies with the Europeanbuilding method, which is greatly valuedin Russia. Because the quality require-ments for housing construction are high,they serve as an example for all others inthe construction business in St. Peters-burg, states Vyatsheslav Semenenko,Chair of the St. Petersburg ConstructionCommittee.The topping out celebration alsoserves to acknowledge the successful co-operation of all involved, thus allowingthe esteemed guests, media, employees,partners and management to celebratetogether. The St. Petersburg Construc-tors’ Association awarded the best workperformances with a certificate of merit.The best performers were the construc-tion site manager, the installer for ce-ment elements in the steel structures, thesteel fixer, the carpenter and the electricwelder.The Komendantsky Kvartal residentialcomplex includes eight buildings with16–25 storeys and business premises. Thecomplex has approximately 1,550 apart-ments and its total area is over 90,000­m2­.­The site will be finished in 2012.Kari Kauniskangas, Deputy to theGroup’s President and CEO of YIT, not-ed that work safety in the Komendant-sky residential complex has been ratedat an excellent level. He thanked all thepeople who had participated in the con-struction of building A 11. nHouse 11 A was completed up to the ridge in less thanthree months; and the speed did not adversely affect thequality of the work. From left: Kari Kauniskangas, Deputyto the Group’s President and CEO of YIT, Ilkka Jahkonen,Housing Director, Pavel Stepanov, translator, PekkaFrilander, Construction Director, Marja Åberg, EduardProhorov, translator, and Vyacheslav Semenenko, Chair ofSt. Petersburg Construction Committee.TEXT EIJA PESONEN PICTURES YIT ARCHIVETEXT KATRI KOSKELA PICTURES JARKKO HAARLA– Ten metres of wall pipes for the fur-naces of both soda recovery boilers wereto be replaced with new ones, states JuhaKosonen, Power Plant Manager at StoraEnso’s factories in Imatra.The boilers are approximately 20 yearsold, and this is the first big renovationthey have undergone.– In spring 2008, the agreement onreplacing the walls was finalised, and nowthe project is almost done, Kosonen says.The project has proceeded in threephases. The first phase, replacement ofthe two walls of the SK6 boiler, was car-ried out a year ago in the autumn.– The last two walls will be replacedthis autumn. All four walls of the SK5boiler were replaced in the spring, all atthe same time, explains Mikko Ulvinen,Sales Manager from YIT.New wall material againstoxidising conditionsThe boiler walls are formed by a pipestructure – one wall consists of as manyas 200 pipes. The lifespan of the pipemust be carefully observed, as the pipesbecome thinner with use.– Pressurised water is fed into the pipesystem. The pressure in the new sodaboilers may be 120 bar and the tempera-ture of the water over 650 Co. In sodaboilers, oxidising conditions are formedon the pipe’s outer surface – the sameconditions are not encountered in anyother power plants, explains Ulvinen.The so-called oxidising zone has risenwith the increasing efficiency of the sodaboilers.– For this reason, we raised the com-pound limit by installing another tenmetres of pipe, which has an acid-proofmetal material on the surface, continuesUlvinen.Tight schedule resulted inpossible world recordFor Stora Enso, the project means aninvestment of several million euros. Themost significant costs result from the factthat a part of the factory will not oper-ate for the duration of the wall renova-tions. Every hour that the machines arenot running results in financial loss.Normally, pulp factories run 24 hoursa day, all year round. Usually, annualmaintenance is the only thing that causesa factory to halt its operations for 7–14days. The first two walls were replacedlast autumn in less than two weeks.According to Ulvinen, a world recordmay have been achieved in replacing thefour walls.– The installation took 26 hours lessthan the two weeks that we planned. Idon’t think anyone in the world has donea similar job as quickly, says Ulvinen.Cost efficiency, speed andreliability make a differenceYIT has extensive experience in perform-ing annual maintenance at factories.However, bids for the wall replacementproject were taken according to normalprocedures. Juha Kosonen states that thebidding was resolved by the price and theinstallation schedule, and the YIT packageclearly exceeded all others in these respects.Seppo Puranen, Project Manager fromYIT, believes that their long-term coop-eration helped to secure the contract.– Reliability is what matters. During astoppage, it is important that logistics, forexample, operate smoothly, and the actorsinvolved must be top professionals. Thisis the kind of competence that YIT hasand can offer our clients. nWalls Replaced in Record TimeStora Enso’s Kauko-pää factories in Imatraconstitute one of thebiggest pulp cardboardfactory complexes inthe world. Therefore itwas no small task whenYIT was chosen toreplace the walls forthe soda recoveryboilers in the factory’spower plant.
  14. 14. ready existing infrastructure,such as cooling water intake,relay field and equipment forreceiving and crushing peat,says Luoma.Sound and Safety MustBe Taken Into AccountBuilding the new power sta-tion on a site with pre-existing build-ings has posed its own challenges during the operation.– It’s not easy to build another facility on the same site as theexisting station, especially when the old one has already beenexpanded. The site started to seem very small, states architectRisto Virkkunen.The power station will be located in the middle of a residen-tial area. On one side, the first houses are only about a hundredmetres away, and on the other side of the property there is alake that will carry sound very effectively to the residential areaon the opposite shore.According to Virkkunen, the planning phase had to considersolutions from the point of view of both sound and safety.For instance, the big glass window in the boiler hall has beenshielded with a metal net, so that nothing can fly out of thewindow, should something unexpected happen in the hall.Noise has been minimised by, for example, not having any win-dows in some of the walls of the building.Jorma Mäkelä confirms that the project is very challeng-ing. According to Mäkelä, even when planning the ventilationsystem and choosing machinery, the noise factor was a primaryconsideration.– Ventilation is on 24 hours a day. This will produce somesound. The challenge has been finding equipment that pro-duces effective ventilation but no sound, Mäkelä explains.A Large Organisation Both Challenges and TeachesWorking on a small site has required careful coordination be-tween parties. Organising the work has taken more time thanusual. Petri Luoma assures, however, that the lack of space hasnot caused delays to the schedule.Jorma Mäkelä and Jouko Pulkkinen emphasise the impor-tance of constant interaction between the project parties. Pulk-kinen points out that occupational safety matters have beenhighlighted when there are so many people moving aroundsuch a small area.– Occupational safety is, of course, always one of the mainconsiderations in YIT’s operations, so we have not had to re-mind employees, he states.Jorma Mäkelä sees working in a vast organisation as a learn-ing experience.– Combining different companies and business sectors hasbeen tried for a long time. In my view, this is a good exampleof what YITs extensive professional competence can achieve.We have managed to create a project that runs smoothly. nYIT is involved in the construction of the new Kuopio Energy powerstation being built in Haapaniemi. The lack of space at the old powerstation site and the nearby residential areas have presented someinteresting challenges.LACK OF SPACE AND NEARBYHOUSINGKuopio Energy’s new Haapaniemi3 Unit is under construction.It will provide electricity anddistrict heating for the city ofKuopio and nearby areas. Therewill also be more bio-based fuelsused in the new power station, explains JormaMäkelä, Sector Manager from YIT.The power station will officially come into useat the beginning of 2012. Jouko Pulkkinen, whohas been responsible for the HVAC work duringthe building phase, states that the installationwork is at its busiest now in the autumn.– The buildings are very nearly ready, andthe boiler is being installed. Regarding YIT, theHVAC installation work will be mostly completeby the end of the year, he explains.YIT is responsible for the HVAC work inthe whole power station. In addition, YIT willconstruct vast piping installations; high-pressureWorking on a small site has requiredcareful coordination between parties.piping is being installed in the boiler and turbinestations, with low-pressure piping also going intothe latter building.An Ecological Plant Is Also More EfficientThe new power station will replace Haapaniemi1, which has been in use since 1972. Petri Luoma,Managing Director of Kuopio Energy, explainsthat the old power station has come to the end ofits life cycle.– It doesn’t quite meet current requirements.Burning oil costs more and it also releases moreemissions into the environment, he says.Thanks to the multi-fuel boiler in the new pow-er station, the fuel selection at Haapaniemi 3 willbe significantly larger – and more domestic – thanat the old power station. For example, the use ofwood and biomass will increase.The new station is slightly bigger than the oldone. The turbine from the old power station willbe retained for possible spare parts use.– The stations will be connected for partialcooperation. The old turbine station may providevaluable additional power during the coldest win-ter days. In addition, we can make use of the al-Pose Challenges for YIT-ing | 2726 | -ingTEXT KATRI KOSKELA PICTURES SEPPO KAKSONEN26 | -ing
  15. 15. Voimala power plant in Riihimäki• A protected building• YIT has supported the exhibition by allowing the space to be used for different exhibitionsCultural activities in Voimala in 2010:• Filming a music video for the band Minea• May Day event organised by the City of Riihimäki• Filming the videos for Tuomas Laitinen’s art performance• Filming session for a wedding dress catalogue• Workshop for youth theatre and multi-art performances• Tosca Opera, organised by Metsola Music OyA HOUSE within a HouseEdwina Goldstone, a spa-tial artist born in Eng-land, has made her homein Riihimäki, Finland,where the environmentand culture have a veryspecial effect on her. The changing sea-sons in her new-found home never ceaseto enchant her. The country’s naturalmilieu has also lent inspiration to manyof her artistic endeavours. In the sum-mer of 2010, for example, she made ahouse called Material Remains, insideVoimala, the abandoned power plant inRiihimäki. Goldstone deals with space,place, collective memory and identity.How can place affect us and how do weplay a role in this transformation.She worked on the house through-out the month of June. Her tools wereher hands and a level, and her materialconsisted of jigsaw pieces, nylon yarnand tape. Hundreds of jigsaw pieces werefastened onto threads of nylon hangingEdwina Goldstone brought Riihimäkis protected power plant Voimala to lifefrom the ceiling, forming the roof andthe walls. The result was a small con-struction resembling a greenhouse.The initial impetus for this remarkablecreation was the fact that Goldstone wasallowed to use the entire boiler room ofthe old power plant in Riihimäki. The oldVoimala is situated right by a big shop-ping centre and the railway station. Theinterior stirs the senses. Sunlight streamsinto the great hall and the brick walls giveoff a distinctive smell of cement.– This old building is full of history; Ican sense its presence the moment I stepinside. The doves have been here to keepme company, Edwina Goldstone smiles.The final product isn’t whatmattersThe doors to Voimala were open toguests as soon as the artist began work-ing on the puzzle house. This open-house policy encouraged visitors tocome every day. More important thanthe final product was the visitors’ partici-pation in the project with their presence;they witnessed the artist in the processof creation. The audience got involvedby stepping into the puzzle house, and inthis manner they were physically presentin the implementation of the project. Asthe project progressed, Goldstone hadlong and interesting discussions with thevisitors.– The curtain to the past has beenlifted. An old building like this one isreally interesting to people, especiallyafter it’s been closed for a few years.Many people living in Riihimäki prob-ably knew very little about the history ofthe building, but now that it has cometo life, the building has begun to attractattention to itself, thus also reviving itshistory, Edwina Goldstone says.Little remains of the once-functioningpower plant, for the boilers, drums andother constructions have been disassem-bled. Now there is only an empty space,fascinating brick walls and sturdy pillarsaround the space. The downstairs area isspacious, and therefore a good place forbuilding installations, filming musicvideos and even for organising biggerevents.The artist says that people who usedto work at the power plant have come toreminisce on past times with great enthu-siasm. The former employees of Voimalahave pointed out the places where theold equipment used to be. Likewise, theyhave shared fond recollections of workprojects and sauna evenings at their oldworkplace; comparing the old times withthe new has elicited many smiles. Theformer employees now see Voimala withnew eyes, and they would like to preserveit as a cultural centre. This has furthermotivated Edwina Goldstone and otherartists to continue working on their artat the Voimala building.Seven thousand pieces andinnumerable storiesThe puzzle house consisted of 7,000pieces, some of which Goldstone hadfound in the attic, some of which shehad received from friends and othersfound at flea markets. The pieces arefrom jigsaw puzzles depicting buildingsand landscapes.– Visitors have been a part of thiswork. They have brought me differentjigsaw pieces for the house, the artistsays with gratitude. It feels like we all didit together. There are countless storiesconcealed in the puzzle house, and thepresent and the past are intertwined.Children have been allowed to write theirnames on the blank sides of the jigsawpieces. These pieces are also hidden in-side the puzzle house and add their ownvalue to it.The level was needed only at the roofridge of the house, in the middle wherethe windows are and at the bottom cor-ner of the house.– When the house was finally complet-ed, I was filled with a sense of longingand emptiness, as I was so used to hav-ing visitors to talk to. There have beenVoimala, an old power plant, is situated in acentral location next to the Riihimäki station.Edwina Goldstone, a spatial artist born inEngland, found an excellent place for herinstallation Material Remains in Riihimäki.The early 20th-century plant is a protectedbuilding in the centre of Riihimäki. Afterbeing closed for about three years, it hasnow been brought to life with culturalactivities.TEXT EIJA PESONEN PICTURES EIJA PESONEN AND AERIAL PHOTO YIT ARCHIVE-ing | 2928 | -ingapproximately 20–30 visitors a day.– I believe that the unusual buildingand its atmosphere also made peoplewant to come and see what’s inside thebuilding. The ragged and unfinishedfeel of the building is inspiring, EdwinaGoldstone says eagerly. The acoustics inthe building are good and soft. Works ofart accompanied by music have also beenexhibited in the building. ■Edwina Goldstone didn’tneed any safety gear whenshe was building her house.The construction site wassurrounded by brick walls upto the ceiling, and the onlytools required were a leveland a pair of hands. YIT hasdonated the Voimala buildingto be used by various artists.
  16. 16. The popularity of home stylingis on the increase in theproperty business. It provides away of showcasing the bestfeatures of new apartments whilehelping the prospective buyer seea new apartment as home.Today, many new homesare sold to their futureowners during the con-struction phase. Homestyling, which becamemore common a fewyears ago when the property businessshowed signs of slowing down, has sinceproven to be a useful tool for the prop-erty business, from the perspective ofboth buyers and sellers.Home styling means that one orseveral apartments from completedapartment blocks or those still underconstruction are decorated, mainly byprofessional interior designers, to a stateof completion.Home styling helps the customer inperceiving the apartment’s proportions,how the empty rooms will look when fur-nished and which materials are suitable. Ifan apartment has been styled, it is mucheasier for customers to see themselvesand their furniture in the apartment, saysproject architect Eeva Seppänen.Seppänen’s role as project architectincludes providing guidelines to interiordesigners on the style that is sought andwho the potential buyers are.�������������������For exam-ple, the interior design of apartmentsaimed at families with children is oftenmore colourful than apartments moresuitable for adult tastes.Showcasing the Best ElementEeva Seppänen chooses apartments forstyling in the Helsinki region togetherwith Outi Viskari, who works in the YITHome sales team.Some apartments have amazing viewsthat can easily be highlighted with theright interior design. An unusual floorplan can be softened, for example, by us-ing indoor plants or some other suitablesolution, explains Viskari.When building larger areas, customerscan be shown a styled apartment thathas been completed in the area. Stylinghelps the customer gain an impression ofwhat the apartment blocks being built inthe area will be like, says Seppänen.YIT’s customers have reacted posi-tively to styled apartments. It is a morepleasant experience to meet sales advi-sors in a more homely environment than,for example, in a bare stairwell. It is notat all unusual for customers to want tobuy the furniture used for the interiordesign when they buy an apartment.Home styling helps customers get afeel for the rooms. Customers are oftendelighted when they see that a room hasa bed or a sofa similar to the one theyhave at home and yet there is still somuch space. Styling often influences thefuture owner’s own design choices, saysViskari.Styling tool for Online HelpHome buyers can also learn more abouthome styling online. The Styling tool isan online service launched by YIT lastyear, making it even easier to visualise anew home and compare alternatives.Customers can use the Styling tool toview various interior design solutionsand options for making alterations. Forexample, they can test how the look ofthe kitchen changes if the colour of thewall tiles is changed or try out differ-ent floorings for the children’s room. 3Dviews allow customers to see what theirchoices will look like. In a few buildings,the Styling tool also gives users an esti-mate of the costs of the interior designsolutions. The cost estimate is made upof the costs of the changes made to theshow apartment.The Styling tool also features a rangeof furniture that can be used for furtherdesign ideas. In addition, customers cansearch for ideas from completed solu-tions created by professional interiordesigners. There are currently threecomplete overall designs offered by theStyling tool: Radiance, which focuses onreddish tones; the fresh and light tonesof Frost; and the greenish Nature, saysSeppänen.Customers have enthusiastically wel-comed the Styling tool, describing it aseasy to use and useful. ■www.yitkoti.fi/stailikoneHome StylingMakes a Housea HomeStyling helps thecustomer betterperceive the proportionsof the apartment.TEXT SARA LINDSTRÖM PICTURES YIT ARCHIVE30 | -ing -ing | 31
  17. 17. Technical building solu-tions have a great sig-nificance in the energyconsumption of a prop-erty. Even minor adjust-ments can have a greatimpact on a property’s energy costs.When examining the technical solutionsof the whole property, sector by sector,one comes across many ways of makingsavings and adjustments. With differentbasic maintenance procedures, energyconsumption can be reduced by as muchas 20–30 percent.Comprehensive ResponsibilityThe original investment amounts to onlya small part of the expenses covering thewhole lifespan of a property. One shouldtherefore look ahead to the years to come.For this reason, comprehensive andpreventive maintenance and long-termplanning are being practised to an everincreasing extent. With the new ServiFlexService Agreement, YIT provides infor-mation and solutions from the beginningstages of planning throughout the lifespanof the property, and we also evaluate costsas far as thirty years into the future.Pick and Choose According toYour PreferencesThrough one agreement, our clientsmay choose from among fifty to eightydifferent maintenance services, coveringthirteen technical sectors. All technicalmaintenance procedures – from heating,plumbing, air-conditioning, electric andcooling systems to automation, supervi-sion of expenses, fire safety, AV devices,information systems and energy solu-tions – can be included in a single serviceagreement.Control Room Keeps an Eye onthe Property Around the ClockYIT’s control room keeps an eye onseveral hundred properties, whosetechnical level is supervised around theclock, every day of the year. If there isa malfunction at any of the premises, itwill immediately set off an alarm in thecontrol room, where the urgency andseverity of the situation is evaluated andappropriate measures taken. We will re-port according to agreement, and we arealso constantly developing new solutionsfor the needs of the property. Based onall the information, YIT drafts a prop-erty maintenance plan, with concreteand scheduled procedures.A Double ObjectiveConstruction work consumes some 40percent of all energy used. While prop-erty users or owners save on their ownexpenses, they also protect nature andthe environment. ■While new of-fice spaces sellquickly, over onemillion squaremetres of oldoffice premises inthe Helsinki metropolitan area remainvacant. If the location of the office spacedoes not attract companies, the premisesshould be put to some other use, or thebuilding will be torn down. The sameproblem applies to production facilities,such as the warehouses built decades agoin the centre of Helsinki.The most common re-use solution isto turn such office or production facili-ties into housing complexes. This is thebest option when even basic renovationsare not enough to tempt businesses intorenting the office space.Another criteria for turning unwantedpremises into housing complexes is closeproximity to existing housing areas. Theheight of the storeys or the modifiabilityof the frame can present challenges but,on the other hand, popular loft apart-ments are known for their high ceilingsand unfinished look.Towards Energy Efficient UseTimo Erkkilä, Head of YIT RenovationServices, believes that more and moreindustrial premises will be remodelledin the future. For example, the garagelocated at Sturenkatu 21 in Vallila andthe premises for small-scale industry atTeollisuuskatu 21 have now been turnedinto brand new office complexes.Instru Optiikka’s premises in Sini-mäki, Espoo, are a good example of aremodelled office space. In addition tothe basic renovations, YIT is responsiblefor renting out the 18,000 m2property.At the same time, Tapiola Group’spremises have been expanded to accom-modate a logistics and storage space,custom-designed to match the client’sneeds.If the location of the premises is good,it can almost always be renovated intoa modern and comfortable office space.During the basic renovation process,some parts of building engineering, suchas air-conditioning and cooling systems,are renewed. Once the renovations arecompleted, the energy efficiency of thebuilding is very close to the regulationsthat apply to new buildings. Work spacesReal estate is like the human body. Take good care of it, and it prospers. Neglect it,and the damage will be seen and felt. A lot of Finnish real estate is old and in needof constant maintenance. Even modern properties will come under scrutiny whenenergy regulations become stricter.Basic Renovations ofOffice Premises AreBest Done BeforeAll the Lights Go OutServiFlex RAISES SERVICETO A WHOLE NEW LEVELhave to be turned into smaller offices andflexible open office spaces.Basic Renovations Are a BetterOption Than DemolitionYIT is able to offer one of the mostcomprehensive and flexible service pack-ages in the field of real estate develop-ment. YIT can be commissioned to dealwith the whole development process,from planning according to user needs,through changes to the building plan, toacquiring new users. The company caneven take up a part of the responsibilityfor renting the premises. YIT also buysreal estate to be developed and afterdevelopment and basic renovations sellsit either to real estate investors or owneroccupants.– Basic renovations or changing thepurpose of use are always better optionsthan demolition. The biggest problem isusually that the owner of the buildingdoes not wake up to reality until the lasttenant turns off the lights. Remodellingthe premises should be considered assoon as one sees that tenants are losinginterest, Timo Erkkilä points out. ■32 | -ingServiFlex clients receive thefollowing benefits:• A contact person• Prevention of damage and malfunctions• Well-being and enhanced production with an optimised indoor climate• Help in estimating operational costs• Documentation that fulfils the requirements of authorities• Longer lifespan and increased value of the propertyWhat is ServiFlex?The ServiFlex Service Agreement is anYIT service concept, originally developedin Norway, used to serve our clients fornearly ten years. Based on the feedbackreceived from clients, they are particularlysatisfied with the comprehensive serviceand the fact that a single agreement cancover several sectors of building systems– there is no longer a need for individualagreements based on an hourly fee.TEXTPÄIVIPYÖTSIÄPICTURESWÜRTHARCHIVE,YITARCHIVESimple is a big advantageWürth Oy, which specialises in toolsand equipment, was established in1975. It is the Finnish subsidiarycompany of the German companyAdolf Würth GmbH. The internationalWürth corporation is active in 84countries. The product selectionincludes fasteners, tools, maintenanceequipment and chemicals, sandingequipment, drills, spiral tools,protectors and other installationequipment. In Finland, Würth Oy has anetwork of over one hundred stores.Würth signed a ServiFlex ServiceAgreement for the technical mainte-nance and services of the Tornio WürthCenter in the summer of 2010.– It is important for us to have onepartner who is responsible for thetechnical functions and maintenance ofthe property, states Eerik Rautio, Re-gional Sales Manager from Würth Oy.Rautio explains that they sell a savingsof time and money to their clients. Ac-cording to the business idea, Würth’sclients receive all the tools and equip-ment they need from one procurer andat one price. Würth also applies itsbusiness idea to its business partners,expecting similar service on their part.– ServiFlex makes maintenanceeasy for us. There are so many thingsto take care of in everyday living.We have a single contact and that isenough for things to go smoothly. Wewant co-operation to be simple, and itis simple, explains Rautio.NEW LIFEto Old Office SpacesThe Carlyle Group, an internationalcapital investment trust, is rentingpremises in Vallila, Helsinki, to Sen-ate Properties for the next ten years. YIT isundertaking basic renovations on the formerpremises for small-scale industry until March2011 when TraFin’s new headquarters willmove to the premises.– Before starting the contract work, YITinvestigated the premises thoroughly. Theground work paid off. We were able to com-bine the needs of the investor and the tenant,which facilitated making leases and invest-ment decisions. The project has proceededwell and according to schedule, statesProperty Director Anders Hörnqvist from TheCarlyle Group.Carlyle invests in and develops properties.According to Hörnqvist, the most importantthing for the owner of a property is that thepremises are suitable and efficient for theirusers.– Efficiency should always be evaluatedfrom the point of view of the tenant, whichmeans, among other things, reasonablerental costs and productivity of the workdone on the premises. Since productivitydepends on the nature of the work, an oftenused measure ’squares per employee’ is notalways the right method. When the activitiesof the tenant change or the premises arevacated, the modifiability of the space isemphasised.Also, Simo Karlsson, who is responsiblefor the office premises of TraFin, values themodifiability of the space.– When four functions of office premisesunite and move to common spaces, it isimportant that the premises can be modifiedif needed, for instance to open-plan officesor team work offices. Of course, building sys-tems solutions have to work and the coloursmust be consistent with the expression of theorganisation.TEXT KATRI ISOTALO PICTURE YIT ARCHIVE-ing | 33