YIT internal magazine - ing 01/2011


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  1. 1. Engineering for LivingYIT Group Stakeholder Magazine 1/2011www.yit.fiENERGY GENIUS COMPETITION > 12 DIRECTING THE MASTER TUNNEL > 15CASE TAMPELLA: AN INDUSTRIAL AREA TURNS RESIDENTIAL > 26YIT began workon 3,683 residentialunits in sixdifferent areaslast year – andthe speed keepspicking up.Experienceis valuedin Russia6
  2. 2. Skilled expertsto Talvivaara L, COO of the Talvivaara mine located in Sotkamo, amunicipality in eastern Finland, believes that the increasingly versatilemining activities in Finland will ultimately benefit existing players, eventhough new mines are also competitors.“A versatile and active mining industry secures development in thefield. We need a range of services offered by skilled professionals, aswell as highly trained employees for production. Mines need more and more expe-rienced professionals,” Lammassaari points out.YIT has a long history as an all-round industrial expert. It is only natural forthe company to engage in a variety of tasks in Finnish mining projects. At the Tal-vivaara mine, YIT has constructed tanks and pumping stations for the enrichmentprocess and electric trace heating elements for piping systems, among other things.According to , head of YIT maintenance services in northernFinland, YIT offers competence that encompasses the entire life cycle of mines:from the first driving tunnel to the disassembly of a dry mine unit and landscapingof the site.“We can naturally offer industrial constructors and maintenance operators forbasic duties in mining and the enrichment process,” says Kupari.Experts believe that several new mine projects will be carried out in the next fewdecades. That is to say, there will be a growing need for professionals in the future.YIT’s latest assignment in the mining industry is a follow-up contract for theexcavation of a slope tunnel at the Kylylahti mine in Polvijärvi. The contract in-cludes 1,000 metres of slope tunnel excavation on top of the 700 metres completedto date.The Finnish mining industry is experiencing a boom. Newmines already provide raw materials, and new deposits areactively sought, but the need for raw materials continues toincrease. Thanks to product innovations, deposits can beutilised more efficiently than ever before.TEXT SOILA OJANEN PHOTO LEHTIKUVA2 | -ing
  3. 3. -ing | 3YIT has been involvedin the construction ofTalvivaara from the verybeginning. From 2007to 2011, YIT built 13pumping stations andcarried out a multitude ofelectrical installations onthe site.YIT CAN BE SEENat the FennoscandianExploration andMining FEM 2011conferenceheld at Levi1–3 November2011.
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  5. 5. -ing | 5contents 1 | 2011Reason tocelebrate!What does -ing stand for?The magazine’s name refers to the phrase Engineering for Living, which integratesthe two notions guiding our operations. Firstly, YIT’s core competence lies in high-quality technological competence. Secondly, technology is not an end in itself. It issimply our way to offer people a more functional living environment.-ingThis year, we and our co-operationpartners celebrate YIT’s long historyon the Russian market. Our firstproject in 1961, in the then SovietUnion, was an infrastructure roadproject from Ivalo in northern Finlandto Upper Tuloma in northwesternRussia. The construction of thewinding, 160 kilometre long roadinvolved a large group of Finnishworkmen and supervisors.Since then, factories, ice stadiums and residential buildings haverapidly sprouted around Russia as a result of hundreds of projects. Wehave also restored real estates of cultural value, such as the Eremitage,the Tretyakov Gallery and the Metropol and Astoria hotels. Our custom-ers have benefited from our expansive competence, strengthened byour experience from various countries. YIT will turn one hundred nextyear, and this venerable milestone will be celebrated in all of our fifteencountries of operation.Over the years, we have served our customers in many differentways. A recent example of this comes from the Talvivaara mining projectin northern Finland, where we have constructed tanks and pumpingstations for the enrichment process and trace heating elementsfor piping systems. YIT also provides maintenance experts for theenrichment process. In addition, we have signed an agreement for theexcavation of a slope tunnel at the Kylylahti mine in Polvijärvi.We recently announced an innovation competition, that aims to findnew products, ideas and solutions for improving energy efficiency. Thecompetition will run until 30 November, 2011, and has two categories:existing products and development ideas. In both categories, the pro-posals must related to YITs operations, such as construction, buildingengineering or industrial services, and they must considerably reducethe need for purchased power. The competition is open to all Finns.Pages 12 and 13 contain a power-related article on the search forrevolutionary ideas on energy saving.I hope you find the reading useful and enjoy relaxing summer months!Eija Pesonen, Editor-in-ChiefPublisher: YIT Oyj, PO Box 36 (Panuntie 11), FI-00621 Helsinki, tel. +358 (0)20 433 111,www.yit.fi Editor-in-Chief: Eija Pesonen Editorial board: Kirsi Hemmilä, Tuija Hirvonen,Mari Rahikka, Katja Tiitinen, Tuija Vilhomaa Editorial secretary: Terhi Paavola, Maggie OyLayout: Maggie Oy / Zeeland Cover photo: Lotos, St.Petersburg. Printing house:Erweko Painotuote Oy ISSN: 1795-7850 Read -ing online at: www.yit.fi/julkaisutSource of address: YIT’s customer and shareholder register Change of address:www.yit.fi/julkaisut Feedback and ideas about articles can be sent to:eija.pesonen@yit.fi The next -ing will come out in November 2011Engineering for Living06 50 YEARS OF YIT IN RUSSIA12 YIT’S ENERGYGENIUS COMPETITION14 YIT CO-OPERATES WITHEDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS15 “MASTER TUNNEL” & RING ROAD I18 RESIDENTIAL SERVICES:EHOUSING COMPANY22 -ING SHORT26 REVAMP OF THE TAMPELLANEIGHBOURHOOD30 TRUE VACATION – YIT CHALETS & VILLAS650 years ofYIT in RussiaYIT is an important player inthe Russian construction mar-ket. The experience accumu-lated over 50 years is also ofuse to Russian home buyers.Painotuote441 03215Finland’s widestroad tunnelMestarintunneli in Espoois Finland’s widest roadtunnel and the infrastructuresite of the year 2010.
  6. 6. 6 | -ingYIT celebrates its 50th year of operations in theRussian market this year. In 1961, YIT, then stillunknown in Russia, began its road constructionwork from the Raja-Jooseppi border crossingpoint to the Tuloma hydropower plant. Half acentury later, YIT is a major player in theRussian construction market.TEXT LILIA GANAGINA PHOTOS YIT ARCHIVEYIT has successfully carried out hundreds of projects involv-ing the construction of big factories, ice stadiums and resi-dential buildings, as well as the renovation of culturally andhistorically valuable architectural monuments, such as theKazan Kremlin, the Eremitage in St Petersburg and theTretyakov Gallery. In 2010, nearly 90 per cent of YIT’s turn-over in Russia came from self-originated residential construction, in which theend result, the apartments, that is, are sold directly to local consumers.Logical step in strategic developmentAs neighbouring countries, Finland and Russia have created solid economic andcultural ties over the years. What is more, the huge size, multi-million populationand dynamically growing economy of Russia offer numerous opportunities to aconstruction business. Expanding operations in the Russian market was a logicalstep in YIT’s strategic development. The Russian market offers a huge demandfor quality real estate, and YIT has what is needed to satisfy this demand.YIT launched operations in areas along the Finnish and Russian border, butquickly began to actively expand the geographical scope of its projects. In theearly years, YIT’s operations consisted of project exports to Western customersites all around Russia. Today, YIT has local offices in Moscow and the surround-ing region, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don and Kazan.50 years inthe Russianmarket1 Komendantsky kvartal, St Petersburg, 2010 2 Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg,spring 1990, 3 Ardalin oil field, Nenetsky, 1995 4 Cherepovets ice stadium2006, 5 Zapadnaya zvevda residential reas, Rostov-on-Don, 2010 6 Astoria,façade, St Petersburg, 1990 7 Fregati residential area in Zhukovsky, theMoscow region, 2011 8 Hotel Astoria, Angleterre wing, St Petersburg, 1990164
  7. 7. 27385YIT Group in Russia:• Comprehensive services related toreal estate construction and use, aswell as property management• Approximately 4,000 new builds a year• Around 3,500 residential unitscompleted in 2010, and 4,500 unitsunder construction at the end of 2010• Comprehensive care and maintenanceof over 400 sites around Russia• Over 800,000 real estate m2underadministration and 9,000 YITconstructed residential units underown maintenance• 8 subsidiaries in Russia’s main regions:Moscow and the Moscow region,St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg,Rostov-on-Don and Kazan• Staff of some 2,400(*Q1/2011)
  8. 8. 8 | -ing888888888 | -ing912The nearly one-hundred-year-old YIT believes that the best way to achievea good market reputation is to work according to the strictest quality stand-ards and to take care of all your obligations. High quality and reliability havebeen YIT’s main competitive advantages in the Russian market.Full range of construction solutions in RussiaYIT offers a wide range of versatile solutions related to building engineeringand industrial services for all sectors of the Russian construction industry.Our focus in construction is on self-originated business and residentialprojects.As a constructor and real-estate developer, YIT’s main advantage is itsability to manage the entire service chain from plot purchase to services andmaintenance offered after the sale of the site.YIT’s wide experience acquired in various countries, as well as thehundreds of projects it has carried out in real-estate maintenance and care,offer the company two considerable advantages. Firstly, YIT boasts extensivecompetence that encompasses the entirelife cycle of construction. Secondly, itsreliability and financial capacity give itan edge over competition. This has beenparticularly important in the Russianmarket during the recession and theensuing recovery. YIT proved to be oneof the only major suppliers able to carryout all of its projects, in which homeshad already been sold to customers,according to the original schedules.Individual service – taking into account allof the customers needsOne of the clearest new trends in the Russian residential construction marketis the rise in customer requirements. Customers no longer accept anythingjust because it is available. They use various sources of information, examinealternatives offered by competitors and are well acquainted with the marketoffering in other countries. To meet the increasing customer requirements,One of the clearestnew trends in theRussian residentialconstructionmarket is therise in customerrequirements.9 Village for secondment workers, capacity for 9,000, Jamburg, 199010 Surgut residential area, 1996 11 Tretyakov Gallery, 1988 12 Sovremennikresidential area, Kazan, 2009 13 The Kremlin, Kazan, 1996
  9. 9. -ing | 9-ing | 9999999999101311From oil fields to luxury hotelsYIT’s first projects in Russia, the then SovietUnion, were located near the border betweenFinland and the Soviet Union. Examples of theseinclude the Pääjärvi centre for forest work, theSvetogorsk pulp and paper mill and theKostomuksha mining complex.Later on, projects moved further inland. Notonly the geographical scope but also the nature ofprojects began to expand. YIT’s experts workedat the construction sites of industrial companies,residential buildings, as well as architectonicallyand historically important projects: an automatedhigh-bay warehouse was delivered to AvtoVAZ inTogliatti, equipment was supplied to the Norilskimining complex and the Ust-Ilimsk forest industrycomplex, and plant facilities were constructedfor PO Kondrovobumprom in the Kaluga region.The company also constructed new facilitiesfor the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, delivered acheese dairy to the city of Labinsk in Krasnodar,renovated the Hotel Metropol in Moscow andthe Hotel Astoria in St Petersburg, as well asthe Kremlin and city hall in Kazan at the time. Inaddition to these, YIT worked at the Ardalin oilfield construction site in the Nenets autonomousdistrict, where the weather conditions proved tobe difficult. These are only a few examples of YIT’sprojects in Russia: today, the results of YIT’s workcan be found all around the Russian Federation.
  10. 10. 10 | -ingcompanies must offer excellent quality but also personalisetheir customer approach.YIT’s strategic goal is to get closer to its customers andensure that they get the market’s best customer experience atthe company’s sales offices and construction sites, in the endproducts, at various events and exhibitions, as well as in qualitybrochures.YIT’s strategy is based on three simple principles: determin-ing the customers’ true needs,surpassing customer expecta-tions and keeping all promises.One of the best examplesof this is a recent project ofYIT Don, which is construct-ing residential buildings inRostov-on-Don. During thedesign of the Victor Houseproject, YIT’s expertsarranged a string of customer meetings in order to find outwhat future residents expected of their homes. These expecta-tions were taken into account in the design – something practi-cally unheard of in the Russian market.Another way in which YIT aims to work closer to custom-ers is by offering solutions that make it financially easier topurchase the company’s products. One of the main projects inthis respect is YIT’s co-operation with leading banks in Russia,the idea being to offer the company’s customers increasinglyinexpensive mortgages. Contrary to what is customary in theWest, in Russia the constructor’s reliability and the construc-tion project’s stage of completion have a considerable impacton the availability of mortgages for new residential buildings.The Russian mortgage market has always been characterisedby interest rates that are high from the perspective of Euro-peans. Pre-recession rates were typically around 11 to 14 percent, while annual rates as high as 20 per cent were seen in theheat of the recession. Some banks suspended their mortgageoffering altogether or considerably tightened the conditions ofloans. At one stage, mortgages appeared to have arrived at theend of the road as a financial service in Russia. However, YIT’spartner banks continued their co-operation with the companyduring the recession, even granting mortgages to apartment inbuildings still under construction. When the Russian economyLong and winding roadfinished in record timeThe first project that Pellonraivaus Oy, thepredecessor of YIT and Perusyhtyhmä,carried out in the Soviet Union was a roadproject from Ivalo through Raja-Jooseppi toUpper Tuloma from 1959 to 1962. It wasalso the company’s first large internationalproject.The client, Imatran Voima Oy, had won ahydropower plant contract in the area andarranged a competition for road construc-tion, in which the offer jointly submitted byPellonraivaus and Vesi-Pekka came on top.Timo Isotalo, an YIT retiree, was headof the Pellonraivaus Oulu district at the timeof the project. He visited the constructionsite once a month to inspect the progress ofwork. Pellonraivaus supplied the machineryand equipment needed for the project.According to Isotalo, the exceptionally largeproject was carried out very fast.The road was 160 kilometres longand had to be made winding for defencepurposes. It crossed the Lutto River a fewtimes over wooden bridges.“The more zigzags in the road, the easierthe bridges would have been to defend,”explains Isotalo.The trees were felled in thick woods.Heavy earthmoving machines were trans-ported to the road construction site alongthe river using ferries made of barrels. Isotalofound this to be an ingenious invention,which made work easier in the difficult cir-cumstances.The road projection involved a greatnumber of Finnish workers and supervisors.One person Isotalo remembers in particularis Anton Ortamo, a construction manager,who distinguished himself in the project andeven spoke Russian.YIT offerssolutions thatmake it financiallyeasier to purchasethe company’sproducts.14 15
  11. 11. -ing | 11began to pick up, YIT and its partner banks jointly devel-oped a range of special programmes to help YIT’s customersget inexpensive mortgages and realise their dream of an ownhome.Innovation pioneer andenergy efficiency developerIn all of its market areas, Russia included, YIT remains aEuropean company that reliably provides high-quality prod-ucts and aims to make use of the best practices, which it haslearned in the course of thousands of projects carried outaround the world. YIT relies on its century-long experiencein construction work, but also keeps a close eye on all newtrends in technology and construction materials, aiming atinnovation in every area of operations. One of the key areasis energy efficiency.The energy-efficient technology solutions commonlyused by YIT enjoy immense popularity in Europe, mainlybecause environmental protection is highly valued by thegeneral public and because energy is expensive in the region.Since environmental consciousness is still lower and energyhas traditionally been inexpensive in Russia, energy-efficientsolutions are normally of little interest to constructors.Moreover, Russians tend to believe that energy-efficienttechnology considerably raises the final costs of buildings.One of the challenges in the coming years will be to addenergy efficiency to products in a way that is understandableand motivating to customers.Attitudes are changing, however, one of the main driversbeing the increased interest that the Russian authorities areshowing towards energy efficiency. A trailblazing company,YIT is under the circumstances one of the first to producesensible, energy-saving solutions for the Russian market.1614 The Axioma residential site constructed by YIT CityStroi received the UrbanAwards 2010 on 25 November 2010 in Moscow, 15 Kostomuksha industrialarea, 1985, 16 Velikolepnaya vosmerka residential area, Yekaterinburg, 200917 Sosnovy bor Moscow region, 18 Pyat zvezd1718
  12. 12. Timo LehmusKai SirenTEXT MARJATTA PIETILÄ PHOTOS YIT ARCHIVE, SHUTTERSTOCKThere are pressures toimprove energy efficiency,which arise from climatechange, increasingly strictauthority regulations andthe rise in energy prices,which appear to have no end in sight.“We are continuously looking for waysto reduce energy consumption, and thusalso emissions, in construction, buildingengineering and industrial services.We want to spearhead our sector. Thenear-term potential of energy savingslies in the existing building stock, whilefuture potential is found in the realestate that we plan and construct bothnow and in the future This means thatthe approaches to improving energysavings also differ from each other. Wehave, for many years, held monthlymeetings in the company to discusssolutions that improve energy efficiencyand can be implemented at reasonablecosts,” explains , Head ofDivision at YIT Construction.Because ofthe rise in en-ergy prices, thepayback periodfor investmentsthat improve theenergy efficiencyof the existinghousing stockcan be as longas 10–15 years.Real estateis, however, built to last for a hundredyears.“It is impossible to estimate the devel-opment of energy prices over such a longperiod. Who knows, energy may need tobe regulated in the future, which is whythe energy solutions made today mustbe long-term and sustainable in nature.The EnergyGenius innovation compe-tition, which we are arranging jointlywith Tekes, the Aalto University and theFoundation for Finnish Inventions, aimsto challenge companies, associations,researchers and individual Finns to comeup with ways to improve energy efficien-cy in YIT’s sectors: construction and realestate maintenance,” says Lehmus.National brainstormingThe innovation competition consists oftwo competition series, “ready products”and “development ideas”. Competitionentries can besubmitted until30 November2011. The goal isto commercialiseready productsas soon as pos-sible and give de-velopment ideasslightly moretime to matureinto products.Further information is available at www.innovaatiokilpailu.fi. The jury consistsof YIT’s representatives, Professorfrom the Aalto University,In 2009, Finland’s overall energy consumptiontotalled 368 TWh. Real estate accounted foraround 30 per cent of this. Little wonder thatthere is great pressure to improve the energyefficiency of real estate. Energy is used forheating, ventilation, cooling, lighting and waterheating.In search ofrevolutionary ideasfor energy saving12 | -ing
  13. 13. Pekka Rantala, SeniorTechnology Advi-sor at Tekes and,Business Develop-ment Manager atthe Foundationfor Finnish Inven-tions. The jurywill give innova-tors free rein todevelop energy-saving methods.In Siren’s view, the energy efficiency ofbuildings consists of many small streams.This makes it important to examine realestate energy consumption as a whole anddevelop measures that reduce energy con-sumption in ventilation, heating systems,water systems, lighting, as well as struc-tures. Instead of a unique, revolutionarysolution, Siren believes in the joint influ-ence of many energy saving measures.Mikkonen, in turn, believes that thetechnological solutions needed for energy-efficient construction are largely avail-able. She expects competitors to presentfresh ideas for professional real estatemaintenance and management. Mikkonenbelieves that savings will be achievedwhen more measurement instruments areinstalled in individual facilities so thatusers can really see how much energythey consume. According to Mikkonen,the financial, environmental, risk andreputation management of property areclosely linked.“At its best, a solution representsinterdisciplinary competence and makesuse of clean technology, such as nature’sown temperature differences to provideheating or cooling in buildings. A goodidea can be implemented on an indus-trial scale and integrated into existingsystems.“There has been discussion, for ex-ample, about ways to transport snow inthe winter into tunnels running underHelsinki and using it for cooling in thesummer. Similarly, the Helsingin Energiaenergy company uses cold sea water toprovide district cooling,” Pekka Rantalaexplains.YIT and the Centres for EconomicDevelopment, Traffic and the Environ-ment (ELY) have signed a nationalagreement on the renewal and main-tenance of a street lighting controlsystem. The road administrationhas 4,000 lighting control units andsome 230,000 street lights. Annualenergy consumption totals 150 GWh.YIT’s control system can be used todefine when the lights turn on andoff, to shorten the time that the lightsburn and to save energy by dimminglights. If required, lights can be turnedoff at night.“When dealing with old installa-tions, we use autotransformers todim lights. New installations, in turn,enable the use of double chokes.An integrated control and monitoringsystem makes it possible to remotelymonitor lighting and to quickly reactto changing or deviating conditions.Needs-based lighting offers savingswithout compromising on the safetyof road users,” says Heikki Oksa,Regional Manager at YIT.www.yit.fiStreet lighting controlbrings savings to ELY-ing | 13
  14. 14. For YIT,co-operationwith educationalinstitutions meansclose interactionthroughout theacademic year.YIT will hire one thousand summer workers and trainees this summer. Focusing on young people andsupporting their studies is an investment in potential future experts. After graduation, these individualswill already have work experience in the field, and will find it easy to embark on a career with a familiaremployee and co-workers.Over half of YIT’s summer trainees gain experience and new learning in residential, working environ-ment or infrastructure construction, as well as maintenance at construction sites around Finland. YIT has for yearsarranged summer traineeship for students at vocational schools, polytechnics and universities in a goal-orientedmanner, following the progress of studies in the field of construction. Assignments that correspond to the students’skills and work with construction site teams benefit both students and the employee.“Young people are so smart and active that their training periods always teach us something as well. This comment,made at summer’s end by a supervisor in charge of trainees at his site, is one that Timo Piili, HR expert, rememberswell.“This is exactly what co-operation with young people should be like: open-minded and joint development,” he adds.Co-operation with students is not necessarily restricted to the summer months. For YIT, co-operation with educa-tional institutions also means close co-operation during the academic year, training periods atconstruction sites, supervision of theses, as well as part-time work opportunities during studies.During the first summer of vocational studies, trainees learn about operations at site. Univer-sity students also don overalls and gloves to ensure that they grow familiar with the practicalaspects of the field. The following years, summer assignments mirror the progress of studiesand work at construction sites. YIT has adopted a trainee programme designed for a widegroup of people. The construction internships of all polytechnic and university students, forexample, are arranged in accordance with the programme goals.“In the best-case scenario, we go through the entire programme with students, that is, co-operate with them throughout their studies. Bigger sites offer students a great opportunity toparticipate in all stages of work and apply their own skills in increasingly challenging tasks,” saysPiili, describing the benefits of long-term co-operation.It is important for students to test the suitability of theories they’ve learned in practical construction and real-lifeproject challenges. A properly initiated student, who can immediately get down to work, offers a great input to projectimplementation. This is why YIT ensures that construction site trainees are familiarised with safety at work, the projectitself, as well as their future tasks and the site crew.“If work has gone well from the very beginning, come autumn and the start of the academic year, site crews begin towonder how they will ever get along without the youngsters,” says Piili.Co-operation with educational institutions takes on many forms“The only way to be involved in the lives of young people is to initiate co-operation at educational institutions from earlyon. The traditional approach is to reach out to students in the later stages of study. But if we want to enhance commit-ment and develop practical supervisory skills in the right direction from the very beginning, we must offer traineeshipperiods early on in studies,” explains Piili.“Educational institutions have been glad to co-operate with us: co-operation benefits both parties. Interacting withstudents from their first year of studies onward raises our value in the eyes of the institutions, as well as students them-selves. This is about more than just plans, it also involves the exchange of up-to-date information, discussions aboutthe content of learning, as well as the search for internships,” says Piili, listing elements of successful co-operation.Teachers have also appreciated the opportunity to participate in internal YIT training events, dealing with, for example,updates to occupational safety or energy solutions. They offer new content for classroom teaching.Every trainee is a potentialYIT employee14 | -ing
  15. 15. -ing | 15Ring Road I links the main roads leading to the centreof Helsinki between the Länsiväylä and Itäväylä roads.The traffic volume on Ring Road I is Finland’s largest,and traffic is second heaviest around Mestarintunneli(“Master tunnel”), right after Pirkkola. Around 70,000vehicles drive through the tunnel every day, and thenumber is expected to increase notably.The construction of Ring Road I and Mestarintunneli aims to maketraffic smoother, as well as to harmonise the urban landscape. Direct-ing Ring Road I into a tunnel offers more versatile land-use oppor-tunities, reduces noise problems and improves air quality. Plans arecurrently under way for new housing on top of the tunnel roof.According to the Finnish Transport Agency, the experiences ofMestarintunneli this spring have been good.“Traffic in the tunnel has flowed well, we’ve only had a few minorrear-end collisions. We hope drivers maintain safe headway and followspeed limits, both of which are extremely important in tunnels. Wehave had to stop traffic a couple of times to prevent queues frombuilding up in the tunnel,” says , manager at theHelsinki Traffic Centre.Mestarintunneli was opened to traffic inJanuary–February. All eight lanes will be takeninto use when the road leading into the tunnelis completed at the end of the year. Tunneltechnology has helped to solve problems relatedto city tunnels: large traffic volumes, low drivingspeeds, queue formation and traffic slowdowns.TEXT SARI MALKA PHOTOS PASI SALMINEN, FINNISH TRANSPORT AGENCY, OLLI URPELAFinland’s widestroad tunnelMestarintunneli on Ring Road Iwill finish ahead of schedule
  16. 16. 16 | -ingSafety equipment inMestarintunneliTo date, around ten tunnels havebeen constructed in the 2000s,and more are on the way or underplanning. Environmental considera-tions are the main reasons for tunnelconstruction, and safety is a priority inplanning and implementation.Mestarintunneli has emergency exits,equipped with emergency stations, atregular distances. Mechanical ventila-tion automatically removes exhaustgases, as well as smoke, in case offire. The emergency exits are clearlymarked and well lit. The tunnel hasa public announcement system, andradio traffic announcements can alsobe heard there. The safety equipmentin Mestarintunneli consists of:• tunnel lighting• loudspeakers• emergency exits• shoulders or emergencystopping places• radio traffic announcements• mechanical ventilation• tunnel traffic and disturbancesurveillance cameras• emergency stations• traffic lightsThe traffic centre’scontrol roompersonnel uses thetraffic managementsystem to controlinformation boards,variable traffic signs,traffic lights andlane signs.“We are very pleased with thetechnology in the tunnel, it works well.We’ve done some fine-tuning, and someadjustments still need to be made to thefailure detection system, for example.”What makes traffic monitoring in tun-nels most challenging is the extensiveautomation. YIT has created a virtualmodel used to teach traffic duty officersat the traffic centre to use the trafficmanagement system. The virtual modelenables traffic control training in anenvironment that feels very real.Advance telematics testingplays a crucial roleThe tunnel’s substantial automationconsists of systems for traffic manage-ment, control and guidance; a failuredetection system; as well as the supervi-sion and control of HVAC systems in thetunnel and the surrounding region. Allof these are synchronised with the trafficmanagement system. Other componentsinclude informative and lane signs,variable traffic signs, beams and trafficlights. Traffic is also monitored withautomatic congestion identification,which measures the average speed ofqueues to identify jams.YIT has particularly emphasised theplanning and testing of technology usedin Mestarintunneli. The telematics sys-tem is equipped with new, safety-enhanc-ing features. Their compatibility wasfirst tested using the virtual model andfactory tests, followed by a four-monthfield testing period.Traffic is monitored byautomatic congestionidentification, whichmeasures the averagespeed of queues toidentify jams.
  17. 17. -ing | 17limit is currently 50 km/h eastbound and40 km/h westbound due to the tempo-rary curve that the road leading into thetunnel makes because of constructionwork. The speed limit will be raised to 60km/h when all the lanes are in use.The construction of Mestarintunnelihas included many special features. Inaddition to the challenging structuresand cramped spaces involved, parts ofthe tunnel were excavated under existinghousing, which set restrictions on theworking hours. It has been importantto ensure that routes, signs and protec-tive elements have been in place and thatgroundwater, cables and lines have beentaken care of.“We have managed to speed up theschedule over the past three years andmake different phases of work increas-ingly efficient. We had a great teamworking on the tunnel: thanks to theprofessional skills and commitment ofpeople involved, this challenging sitehas turned out well both technically andschedule-wise,” says project manager.Mestarintunneli is a brilliant mani-festation of YIT’s extensive competenceand business co-operation. The projectinvolved bridge building, rock construc-tion, foundation and hydraulic work,structural engineering, as well as tunnel-related building engineering and roadtelematics.Mestarintunneli is YIT’s masterpieceMestarintunneli (“Master tunnel”) is Finland’s widest tunnel, with four lanes going in eachdirection. The tunnel is 520 metres long, 320 metres of which are rock and 200 metresconcrete. It is a sloping tunnel, which is why ventilation has been of special concern. Theexhaust air chimney and fans are located in the middle of the tunnel.The tunnel was a design-and-build project, and its overall price totals approximately €90million. Mestarintunneli features dozens of technical systems, including HVAC, a fire extin-guishing system, ventilation and electrical engineering, as well as telematics. The tunneltechnology has cost over €10 million in all.The City of Espoo and the Finnish Transport Agency are the purchasers and construc-tors, and the project is managed by Hannu Lehtikankare. The Road Traffic Centre at theFinnish Transport Agency monitors and controls traffic, while YIT is in charge of maintainingand servicing the technical equipment. Mestarintunneli will be opened to traffic in its entiretyat the end of 2011, nine months ahead of schedule.Mestarintunneli was chosen as the infrastructure site of 2010 by Rakennuslehti, a con-struction magazine. The jury emphasised the site’s good management practices and suc-cessful traffic arrangements. The project involves big safety risks because of traffic and near-by residential areas. The tunnel is used daily by some 70,000 vehicles.Construction has mainly been carried out using YIT’s own equipment and personnel. Thesite won the 2009 occupational safety competition arranged by the Uusimaa occupationalsafety district. Project manager Kari Alavillamo has also been rewarded by YIT itself. Alavil-lamo emphasises the importance of a good team to the project’s success. At the height ofconstruction, the Mestarintunneli project involved 200 people.“From the perspective of the entireproject’s success, it was important toconduct thorough tests with the con-tractor to ensure that automation asextensive as this also works in practice.The fact that planning was carried outin close co-operation also contributedto the good end result,” says projectmanager , from theFinnish Transport Agency.YIT’s , ProjectDevelopment Manager, and, Project Manager, consider thecustomer’s expertise and strict controlto be pretty much prerequisites for theproject’s success. Tunnel technology setstough requirements, and the equipmentpurchased must be of high quality to en-sure they are easy to use. Moreover, thedevices must also have a long service life,since the tunnel is a demanding operat-ing environment due to road salt anddust, among other things.Challenging construction in themidst of housingConstruction at the tunnel mouths andon the road section coming from the eastwill continue until the end of the year.Once the work is completed, the remain-ing lanes – four in each direction – canbe opened to traffic. The tunnel’s speedCheck the weather and roadconditions before taking offin your carwww.liikennevirasto.fiThe Finnish Transport Agency’s websiteprovides information about the weather,road conditions and road work, as wellas ferry schedules. Drivers can dial0200 2100 to report road conditionsand traffic interruptions.There are road traffic centres inHelsinki, Turku, Tampere and Oulu. Theyare in charge of up-to-date monitoringof traffic and weather conditions, trafficcontrol, disturbance management in co-operation with other authorities, as wellas traffic notifications. Road traffic centresco-operate widely with various parties,such as maintenance contractors, citiesand municipalities.According to Mika Jaatinen,manager at the Helsinki TrafficCentre, everyone has been verysatisfied with the technologyused in Mestarintunneli.
  18. 18. eHOUSE– versatile servicesat the click of a button18 | -ing
  19. 19. At the time of purchase, YIT Homebuyers get user IDs for eTalo(“eHouse”), where they can readup-to-date company announce-ments during construction time.Once people have moved in, theycan go to the site to view the articles of associa-tion, the contact information of board members,as well as the housing company’s plans. Thesite also contains the floor plans of apartments,manuals for machines and equipment, as well asmaintenance instructions for furnishings. Thereare, for example, how-tos for hanging a paintingon a gypsum wall.“We aim to collect all of the flat-specificinformation, including the water, electricity andheating consumption, to help residents saveenergy. This calls for co-operation with differentservice providers. Our EnergyGenius sites alsohave a Home/Away/Enhancement switch, whichresidents can use to adjust ventilation andcontribute to energy saving,” explains, Development Manager at YIT.He has several development ideas for eHousein his back pocket. One of them involves adapt-ing the site to mobile environments, which wouldmake the site even easier to use. The use of elec-tronic access control data is also under considera-tion. Possible uses include the common club roomor, say, the housing company’s gym facilities,which could be easily monitored and reservedwith a simple click on a button.Services to help everyday lifeThe demand for services has increased in recentyears. Contributing factors include the popula-tion’s aging and growing wealth, as well as do-mestic help credits. The ease of leisure time andliving is also becoming increasingly importantto people. YIT has developed the eHouse servicepackage for just this need.“We are pioneers in residential construction inFinland and want to preserve our position. Tobecome a frontrunner, you need to offer innova-tions, which come about from following trendsand from examining, predicting and develop-ing new concepts for living. This year, we haveintegrated services into eHouse,” explainsProject Development Manager at YIT.According to Joki, there are several examplesof the integration of hotels and traditional livingaround the world. In terms of services, eHouseis a similar application, which provides residentswith online services cost-effectively and irrespec-tive of the time and place.The eHouse services are based on a studycarried out in 2010 in a web-based researchcommunity. There were over 300 participantsrepresenting different age groups and family sizesall around Finland. Around half of them livedin apartment blocks and the rest in terraced ordetached houses.eHouse also containsfloor plans, machine andequipment manuals, as well asmaintenance instructions forfurnishings.This year, YIT Home buyers will have accessto an increasingly service-oriented eHouse.This household interface contains basicinformation about the housing company andthe flat, schedules of buses running nearbyand weather forecasts. A new feature enablesresidents to order pre-negotiated cleaning,laundry, food shopping, restaurant, movingand interior decoration services from YIT’sco-operation partners.-ing | 19TEXT SARI MALKA PHOTOS YIT, OLLI URPELA
  20. 20. The most popular services among the researchgroup included concrete services that facilitate eve-ryday routines, such as home cleaning and interiordecoration services, homedelivery of food andannouncements relatedto the housing company’sactivities. The study alsolooked into easy ways ofdelivering services to resi-dents. A web-based servicesite was considered to befree of time and location restrictions, as well as theeasiest way to monitor flat-specific information andorder living-related services.Benefits from YIT’s co-operation partnersThe eHouse service offering was tailored to meetthe needs revealed by the study. Residents can orderhome cleaning, laundry, food shopping, restaurant,moving and interior decoration services from readypackages offered by YIT’s co-operation partners. AsYIT’s customers they also get discounts or benefits.SOL offers help with household chores, such ascleaning, window and balcony glass washing, iron-ing and dishwashing. Suits and bigger items, suchas sheets and rugs, can be easily washed using SOL’slaundry service.Restaurant and food shopping services are offeredby Gastronautti, which works in partnership with theS-Group. Purchases can be made online, for example,during the lunch break, and they are delivered homeat the chosen time. The item collection fee is €3.50 ir-respective of the amount, and the transport fee rangesfrom six to ten euros. Restaurant services are slightlymore expensive, but are ideal if unannounced guestsshow up on your doorstep and the fridge is empty.The Helpson support service provides technicalsupport for installing a wlan base station or flat-Rami Hursti, DevelopmentManager at YIT believesthat the site can alsobe adapted to mobileenvironments in thefuture.Building managers canuse the service as atool for communicatinginformation andmonitoringconsumption data.20 | -ing• Content of service• One-off services related to the purchase/change of home(moving, interior decoration, technical support)• Information services (information about the housing com-pany and flat, weather and public transportation information,neighbourhood services)• Services facilitating everyday life (cleaning, laundry, foodshopping, restaurant, shared car)• YIT Home residents get discounts and benefits from partnerservices• The use of living-related services is optional (no servicecompensation)• Enables monitoring of consumption and buildingautomationIncreasingly versatile eHouse– Centralised information and service site for YIT Home residents
  21. 21. screen TV, among other things. It also helps withdifferent kinds of computer problems. Introductoryand campaign discounts offered by broadband andTV service providers can also be activated througheHouse.Niemi moving service handles the move into thenew home and rents moving boxes and packagingmaterials. YIT’s interior decoration partners includeStalia Design and Formdesign Helsinki. In additionto traditional interior decoration, the partners offerhousehold textiles and furniture at discounted prices.YIT Home residents have free access to the eHouseservice for two years. YIT takes care of service opera-tions, and the building manager sees to maintenance.Building managers find eHouse to be an excellenttool for distributing information about topical mat-ters and for monitoring company- and flat-specificconsumption data.YIT’s eHouse is currently available in some 40apartment blocks in the metropolitan region. Thelatest of these offer information about individual flatsand the housing company, as well as living-relatedservices. The use of eHouse is being expanded to newapartment blocks in the metropolitan region, as wellas in neighbouring municipalities and growth centreselsewhere in Finland. The Kokkola Housing Fairarranged later this summer offers a good opportunityfor getting acquainted with eHouse at YIT’s exhibi-tion site called Merihelmi.-ing | 21For two months, 321 members of YIT’s research communityrecorded everyday challenges, using a questionnaire, mobilephone and discussion forum. Of the respondents• 75% lived in apartment blocks or terraced houses• 80% owned the flat or house they lived in• 65% were women; the average age was 42 years.Research resultsOverview• On average, members felt in control of everyday routines. Themost common items on the to-do list for evenings were clean-ing, cooking and shopping. 47 per cent of the respondentsspent 3–5 hours on household chores on weekdays and 44 percent spent an equal amount during the weekend.• Living-related services were described as being interesting, andmost of the respondents had already used them. They felt thatmoney could be spent on such services (leisure time is valued).• An online portal was considered to be the best distributionchannel, since people want to order services at the time bestsuited to them and can easily access matters important to theirown living in a single place in the portal.Service use and interest in themHousecleaning servicesWeekly cleaning servicesInterior decoration servicesHome delivery of food itemsConstruction and renovationHousehold servicesMoving servicesTemporary housingGardening servicesIT servicesChildcare servicesLight installation servicesNone of theseOther service226211455269421401813422123563143224*01306121515InterestedHas used the service(% of respondents, N = 78)* Walking the dog, snow shovellingYIT’s researchcommunity
  22. 22. 22 | -ing22 | -ingIT Reding’s multi-purpose residentialbuildings were awarded first prizein the Slovakia-wide 2010 Buildingof the Year contest. The buildings arelocated in Bratislava, on the Gercenova andZáporožská streets.The goal of the CENTRE GERCENOVAproject was to make the urban space morefunctional and elegant. Multi-purpose build-ings were designed for the built area inPetržalka. The awarded building is located onthe Petržalka pedestrian street and ensuresfree access between the Petržalka inter-national railway station, Incheba exhibitioncentre and Janko Kral park. The building isan excellent example of how empty spacecan be used to enrich an urban residentialneighbourhood. Modern architecture wasdiscreetly added to older buildings, and thiscontributed to the building’s success in theclose competition.In the future, the CENTRE GERCENOVAproject can be used as a model examplewhen enlivening Petržalka and other similardistricts in Bratislava.Best of the Year in SlovakiaYIT acquired NNE PharmaplanAB’s clean room business inJanuary 2011. This will boost thecompany’s position in the market.NNE Pharmaplan is strongly posi-tioned in the Nordic clean room market.Its business focuses on the company’sown Clean Plus®, Clean Seal®andCarmetic®solutions, as well as com-prehensive laboratory and clean roomsolutions. The clean room unit has eightemployees and net sales of some €3.3million (SEK 30 million). The unit isbased in Stockholm, but operates in allNordic countries.In line with YIT Sweden’s strategy,YIT Cleanroom boostsits position in SwedenYIT aims to become an even stronger andmore widely operating partner in cleanroom and laboratory projects. The acquisi-tion of NNE’s clean room business sup-ports this strategy.NNE Pharmaplan’s clean room unit hasa wide customer network, mainly consist-ing of medical and biotechnology compa-nies and manufacturers of medical devices.Similar to YIT’s existing Cleanroom unit,it provides all types of clean room services,ranging from the design and installation offacilities to long-term service agreements.The acquisition makes YIT Cleanroom anincreasingly important expert in the fieldwithin the YIT Group.Tomas Hörman, Headof YIT Cleanroom;Fredrik Sederholm,CEO of YIT Sverige AB;Hannu Lindroth, CEOof NNE Pharmaplan;Karl Stenqvist, localbranch manager YITStockholm; Olav ABrudvik, Area Managerat YIT; and LarsWahlstedt, NNEPharmaplan, at thesigning event.YIT Industrial Services was nominatedthe welding company of the year 2010.One of the prize arguments was thatProject Services has made outstanding inputsinto orbital welding of pipes and developed top-level competence in the field. As proof of thisare the numerous projects involving the produc-tion of thick-walled pipes under demandinginstallation conditions, as well as nuclear powerplant maintenance applications.The prize was awarded by the WeldingSociety of Finland.Top welderof the year22 | -ingloZpfiPtf
  23. 23. -ing | 23-ing | 23One of YIT’s main tasks is tomigrate Avinor to the Lenelenvironment. The new LenelOnGuard security system makes theNorwegian state-owned airport com-pany’s operations both easier and safer.Avinor currently has over 45,000 per-sonal ID users. Until now, it has useddifferent systems at different airports.YIT signed the agreement with Avinorin November 2010 and will deliver thenew system to all sites in the next 3–5years. Four other Norwegian securityservice businesses took part in the com-petitive bidding. In the end, YIT’sAvinor wanted to harmonise the personal ID andaccess control systems at all its 45 airports. YITcame on top in the tough bidding process involvingfour other companies.Avinor gets a newpersonal ID systemnationwide network and price leveldecided the race.“YIT definitely offered the widestgeographical scope, which is best suitedto Avinor’s approach to operations. Thiswas also reflected in the price. YIT isrepresented all around Norway,” says, Project Manager for Avinor’saccess control.The Norwegian landscape differs fromthe rest of Europe. It has one of theworld’s longest coastlines, and much ofthe country is mountainous. This makesYIT’s local presence a big competitiveadvantage in Norway.Avinor offers safe travelto some 40 millionpassengers at its 45airports. Avinor is astate-owned company.ohnson Controls’ CommercialRefrigeration operationstransferred to YIT Sweden at thebeginning of May.YIT acquired the CommercialRefrigeration business unit of JohnsonControls, the goal being to strengthenYIT’s position in the field. In addition tothe Johnson Controls business, YIT’srefrigeration operations include 250certified refrigeration technicians aroundSweden.“The deal is an ideal complementto YIT’s existing refrigeration business.We are able to offer a unique solutionand expertise to the market and to ourcustomers,” says Fredrik Sederholm,CEO of YIT’s Swedish operations.The Johnson Controls CommercialRefrigeration business unit has over 100employees at more than 25 cities aroundSweden. Its net sales are around SEK140 million, or €15 million.JohnsonControls’refrigerationbusiness toYIT-ing | 23
  24. 24. 24 | -ingIT Infrastructure Services haveapplied the lessons learned in theTukefin 2 productivity developmentproject for slightly over a year. The project,jointly arranged by Innokonseptit, a develop-ment company, and the Tukefin co-operationnetwork, aims to define concrete measuresthat contribute to productivity and benefit thepublic sector and companies that provideservices to it. The goal of the developmentproject is to learn to use public procure-ment to improve productivity, to reduce deadtime and to improve co-operation in supplychains. The Tukefin 2 project involved aroundthirty companies, ranging from project cus-tomers and designers to constructorconsultants and contractors.YIT has applied the productivityimprovement lessons in two Infrastructurepilot projects: a regional maintenanceproject for the City of Espoo and a projectinvolving foundation work for the easternsubway tunnel in Tapiola, Espoo. Concreteresults have been seen, for example, in thedevelopment of operating methods, in workand schedule planning, as well as in the co-operation between project participants. Thepractices learned in the Tukefin project willbe applied to other projects in the future.Eliminating wastedtime in projectsIT’s subsidiary in St Peters-burg, YIT Lentek, has pur-chased a plot of 2.9 hectaresin the historical city centre of St Peters-burg. The plan is to construct around500 residential units, that is, over50,000 m2on it. YIT will carry out theproject in several phases. Constructionis to start in 2012.The plot is located next to the cityhall on Smolny prospekt. It lies in thecentre of St Petersburg, near the NevaRiver, in a historic area of cultural herit-age with green spaces nearby. Mostof the flats will have a beautiful view ofthe Smolna Cathedral, the surroundingparks, as well as the Neva River andthe Bolsheohtinsky Bridge. This note-worthy acquisition will raise YIT to anew level on the St Petersburg market.Extensivebuildingpermits inthe centre ofSt Petersburg24 | -ingfter a two-year construction project,the Marktplatz-Galerie Bramfeldshopping centre was opened to thepublic in April 2011. During the first threedays, the centre had approximately 100,000visitors. YIT Germany, the main projectcontractor, co-operated with the Max Böglconstruction company. The company wasin charge of the centre’s heating, ventilation,cooling, sanitary, sprinkler and electrical sys-tems, electronic measurement and control ofindoor air, as well as fire safety. The contractwas over €9 million in value.Project Manager Matthias Fiedler andNew shopping centrein Bramfeld, Hamburghis team designed and installed, among otherthings, the shopping centre’s main ventilationsystem, with an incoming air volume of223,000 m³/h and a ventilation volume of210,000 m³/h. The centre also got two 2,000kW boilers and a 1.5 MW cooling system.Covering an area of 20,000 square metres,the centre houses nearly 60 shops. After theconstruction was completed and the shoppingcentre opened, the branch office in Hamburgassumed responsibility for the maintenance ofthe facilities. YIT Germany and the customersigned a two-year ServiFlex contract for realestate maintenance.The Marktplatz-Galerie Bramfeldshopping centreeerko-eal
  25. 25. -ing | 25Industry has traditionally purchasedmaintenance services as individualassignments from a variety of players.It has been common practice to orderindividual maintenance offered bydifferent providers for each machine.Spare parts may also have originatedfrom different places. This has oftenmade maintenance operations complexand difficult to control.iServiFlex offers industrial mainte-nance a new contract model to make lifeeasier: a single contract encompasses allpackaged services, from which customerscan choose the ones best suited to them.“Service packaging means that wehave clearly described in advance whateach task includes,” explains, Development Engineer at YIT.“Customers can choose in advancethe annual maintenance services theywant from our range, and we ensure theyare performed on time. We also takecare of statutory documentation for theappropriate authorities.”Expertise createsoperational reliabilityProduction plants have their own coreprocesses and competences, and mainte-iServiFlex ensures smooth productionYIT has been offering an overall real estatemaintenance solution called ServiFlex for12 months. The company decided to adoptthe same, proven concept in industrialmaintenance, where it got the name iServiFlex.nance is usually not one of them.“However, it is one of our core compe-tences,” Rantala points out.“YIT has a long and fine history inFinnish industrial maintenance. We areup to date and provide customers with thebest and most modern solutions.”YIT’s service range is very comprehen-sive and based on versatile expertise inenergy efficiency and operational reliabil-ity. One of the benefits of a big companyis that YIT is also well acquainted withwidely varying maintenance systems.“We offer know-how that helps custom-ers’ expensive equipment investments toremain productive for as long as possible.Moreover, budgeting is easier since main-tenance expenses can be evenly allocatedfor each month of the year when work-ing with a single contract partner,” saysRantala.“What is probably most convenient tocustomers is that all maintenance-relatedmatters can be discussed with one and thesame person.”-ing | 25
  26. 26. The Herrainmäki villas were constructed as homes forTampella’s directors and engineers back when the factorypremises bustled with thousands of workers every day. Now,one hundred years later, Tampella is once again full of life.26 | -ingChronicles ofTampellaPellavantori, Tampella’s central plaza, houses HansChristian Berg’s piece of art called the “Wheel ofLight”. The design springs from force and energy,both of them elements that are associated withimages of the rapids and the surrounding industry.Tampella’s history as an industrial district also playeda part in design.
  27. 27. -ing | 27The Tampella area began to take shape alongthe Tammerkoski shoreline in the mid-19thcentury. It all started with the foundry and flaxfactory. Later on, the number of productionplants and the range of products expanded andcontinued to change until the 1990s. In additionto flax cloths and iron pots, the factories in this finnish city ofTampere produced hydraulic turbines, wood grinding machinesand steam boilers – even steamships and steam locomotives.Grenade throwers, long-range guns, aircraft engines andairborne bombs were made in the war years. After the heydayof steam locomotives, the plants began to manufacture dieselengines. Tampella still exported rockboring machines, drillcarriages, pneumatic compressors and paper machines aroundthe world in the late 1990s. The area, approximately 25 hectaresin size, was closed to outsiders and only accessible to thefactory’s employees.In 1989, Tampella decided to move its industrial operationselsewhere. The City of Tampere arranged an architecturaldesign competition for the area in 1990–1991. It was won bythe Helamaa-Heiskanen architect agency, and the new zoningplan was approved in 1995. The new district was naturallycalled Tampella. By 2000, none of the buildings were used fortheir original purpose.TEXT TUIJA VILHOMAA / YIT PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS ARI IJÄS,ARCHITECT AGENCY ERKKI HELAMAA AND KEIJO HEISKANEN OYThe magnificent old buildings gotworthy and prominent spots, streetswere kept clear of unnecessaryvehicles and Tampella became anupmarket, nature-oriented area thatcherishes its cultural history.
  28. 28. 28 | -ingShouts or whispers?“The name of our competition entry,‘Shouts or whispers?’, refers to thediscussion that took place at the timeabout the height and efficiency ofconstruction sought for the Tampellaarea,” explains architectfrom Helamaa-Heiskanen.“We aimed at a lively urban environ-ment, seeing as Tampella is seamlesslylinked to the centre of Tampere. Wewanted to give the streets an urban feeland reserve the lower storeys for businesspremises. Residential spaces were placedhigher up. The buildings’ park-like yardsare connected to public parks. We alsowanted to put parking underground, sothe streets only have temporary businessparking.”The original plan included numerousbusiness premises, but as constructionprogressed, many commercial projectswere converted into residential spaces.“These changes have made Tampellasomewhat more residential than we orig-inally imagined, but many people valuepeace and quiet,” says Mastosalo.“I’m pleased with the high quality ofcity centre living that we have here.Tampella residents have no need fora car, in addition to which the parksand lake offer a connection to nature,which is of great importance to Finns.I am also happy about the culturalhistory that has been preserved in thearea, especially the typical Finnishscenery opening up on the banks ofTammerkoski, as well as the exhibitionsput on at the Vapriikki MuseumCentre. The tasty espresso served at thePellavantori cafe also gives me greatpleasure,” says Mastosalo, who starts theday at his drawing table in Herrainmäki,in Tampella.Building an active andpopular upmarket districtMuch of the old housing stock in Tam-pella was torn down, but some of it waspreserved. The Tampere court houseand the Vapriikki Museum Centre, forexample, are old factory premises, andthe old Tampella hall of festivities is nowhome to Suomen Teatteriopisto (“Finn-ish Theatre Academy”) and the TampereComedy Theatre.“YIT’s first project in Tampella wasthe renovation of old factory premises,which were converted into the courthouse in 1995. New constructions wereinitiated the same year,” says, Project Manager at YIT.“All in all, we have built over 1,700flats and 1,500 parking places in anunderground car park. Apart frombeing an exceptionally succesful area forsenior housing, this is also an upmarketneighbourhood and an inherent part ofthe Tampere city centre.”While Tampella is popular amongseniors, others feel at home there, too.People in the student buildings areyoung and international, while white-collar workers are found in the businesspremises. The court house appears tohave attracted a great number of lawfirms, bringing stylish, business-like menand women into the street picture. Thelively district is also a cradle of culture.The Vapriikki Museum Centre puts onchanging exhibitions and events, andeven the streets are home to weeklyevents, with the Finnish BroadcastingCompany shooting its Uusi päivä (“Newday”) TV series in Tampella’s red-brickseaside blocks.“The last building to rise in centralTampella is Kiinteistö Oy Keskustorni,the highest apartment block in Tampere.“I’m pleased with the highquality of city centre livingwe have here. Tampellaresidents have no needfor a car – in addition, theparks and lake offer aconnection to nature.”Visualisationof centralTampella.
  29. 29. YIT’s display of skillTampella is an upmarket district that Tampere residents are justifiably proud of. YIThas been involved in the renovation and construction of the Tampella area since 1995.Twenty-two new residential buildings have been completed to date, and the last onewill be finished in 2013. YIT has also renovated two old buildings and turned them intobusiness facilities: one of them is the court house and the other an old gun factory. Inaddition to this, YIT has torn down old buildings and constructed municipal infrastruc-ture and road structures contracted by the City of Tampere. The area will have over1,700 flats and around 1,500 parking spaces. Nearly all of the parking spaces will belocated in car parks. The Tampella and Finlayson districts will be linked with a bridgefor light transport to form a well functioning area, where residents and commuters caneasily use services located on the other side of the rapids.Tampella’s development will continue in Ranta-Tampella along the shoreline. Thezoning process is currently under way and nearing the decision-making phase.YIT’s own office in Tampere, which also handles home sales, is located in the oldTampella gun factory, at Kihlmaninraitti 1 E.It will get a worthy location at the end ofthe Tampella Esplanade and will offerhomes to students,” explains Lampinen.In other words, Tampella will be filledwith even more fun and activity.Exceptional co-operationwith ViolaIt is practically impossible to talk aboutTampella without mentioning the Violahome association, with which YIT hasengaged in exceptionally fruitful co-operation. Viola was established in 1994,the goal being to improve the social sta-tus and housing conditions of the elderlyand the disabled, as well as to maintaintheir mental and physical condition. Theassociation’s first target was to builda new block of service flats, for whichthe City of Tampere allocated a plot inTampella. This decision marked the be-ginning of unique co-operation betweenViola, YIT and Tampere.“This has been a brilliant trio, thanksto which our association, which startedoff penniless, now has facilities in threebuildings. The facilities are extremelyfunctional, and their occupancy ratemust be way over one hundred, if pos-sible,” says , Chairmanof the Viola home association, with asatisifed smile.“Everything has exceeded expecta-tions, with our planning the facilitiesjointly with YIT and the City supportingour projects with out-tasking agree-ments. This operating model has madeour services accessible to all, and youdon’t need to be wealthy to use them.”The attractive Viola home and itsservices have influenced the developmentand structure of Tampella in many waysduring the economic fluctuations of thepast decades.“We have been able to develop bothourselves and Tampella hand in handwith YIT, openly acknowledging thesynergy benefits,” says Seppo Rantanen.“In addition to the block of serviceflats, we have three group homes, as wellas senior homes, where we offer differ-ent types of household services. We alsohave therapeutic facilities, including arehabilitation pool and a balance circuit.It is also great that other nearby compa-nies use, for example, the services of ourhigh-quality lunch canteen.The average age of Viola residents is86 years.“I have heard many of them call Violathe world’s best place, but it still came asquite a surprise when the InternationalAcademy for Design & Health nomi-nated us the world’s best housing andcare facility for the elderly in 2009. Wewant all the way to Singapore to get pickup the award. I consider the award to bea recognition of the Viola associationbut also of the Finnish approach,” saysRantanen.“And, of course, we and the YIT teamhave often congratulated one another forthis great co-operation, whose fruits ben-efit both the elderly and the surroundingcommunity.”Juice’s apple tree by the rapids, a major cultural playerin Finland, worked long in Tampere andspent his last years in Tampella, in theAsunto Oy Tampereen Koskenkuohuhousing company. He also used Viola’sservices every now and then. That makesit natural for Juice’s book collection tohave found a new home in Viola’s facili-ties in Tampella.“We got the collection as a donationfrom Reino & Aino Kotikenkä Oy, acompany that makes Reino and Ainoslippers, which in turn had acquired itfrom the heirs. YIT joined us to lookfor suitable premises, which now func-tion not only as a library but also as acultural facility and living room open toeveryone,” explains Rantanen.In his latter days, Juice planted anapple tree in the Aleksandra Siltanenpark close to his home.“The tree planting stems from oneof Juice’s songs, Myrkytyksen oireet(“Symptoms of Poisoning”),” saysLampinen.The tree has not yet produced fruit,but apple juice was nevertheless servedat the library’s inauguration, in honourof Juice.-ing | 29Parking in thearea is locatedunderground.
  30. 30. TEXT JUSSI PÄÄKKÖNEN PHOTOS MISKA PUUMALADrive right to the door, enjoy a warm and clean home, knowingthat your holiday equipment is always in condition – down totoilet paper and soap. No spider webs, cleaning, damp sheets,sooty fingerprints or smoke belching from the stove.The Luimulaswant a holiday to feellike a real holidayAnu and MarkoLuimula are glad theydecided to buy a readyfurnished holidayhome. The style of theapartment suits them.30 | -ing
  31. 31. -ing | 31Aand ,from Pattijoki in north-ern Ostrobothnia, wanttheir vacation to reallyfeel like one. The obliga-tions and chores involvedin traditional cottage-life do not attractthe parents of three small children.“There’s more than enough gardenwork at home. Holidays should be abouttaking time off and doing fun stuff withthe family,” says Anu Luimula.This spring, the Luimulas decided toinvest in the quality of their free timeand bought a recently completed YITChalets holiday apartment. The apart-ment is located near the Vuokatti sportsinstitute, around 230 kilometres by carfrom Pattijoki.“We already reserved it last autumn,but didn’t make the final decision untilthis spring’s ski vacation in Vuokatti. Itis perfect for families with children,” saysAnu Luimula.“We also considered other places.Vuokatti, however, is a familiar holidayspot to both of us from childhood. Itfeels natural to go there with our ownfamily, as well,” says Marko Luimula.The Luimulas have been very satisfiedwith their decision. The Vuokatti sportsinstitute arranges a great number ofactivities for children, especially duringholiday seasons.“Family floorball, evenings of stuntsand tricks and who knows what. Child-care is offered for children over threeyears of age. Plus, if you don’t feel likecooking, you can easily walk to thesports institute to a ready set table,”says Marko Luimula, listing just a fewbenefits.The Luimulas’ holiday apartmenthas direct access to skiing and hikingin the woods. The swimming pool anddownhill slope is half a kilometre awayby foot. The family easily spends a wholeday on the slope, since the middle-born,six-year-old , is one quick skier.Father Marko finds it hard to keep upwith the nimble skiboarder.Nine-year-old also gets to ridehorseback in Vuokatti. The youngest,two-year-old , still follows along inher mother’s backpack. Some of the serv-ices, such as the swimming pool and skitunnel, are free for holiday home owners.The Luimulas chose to have their homefully furnished. Green is the dominantcolour in the interior. The 45-square-metre apartment has a bedroom, sleepingspace for the children, living room andopen kitchen, as well as a sauna.“The furnished option was recom-mended to us. The style of the apart-ment suits us,” says Anu Luimula.Rental service participantsThe Luimulas tell in advance when theywant to use their apartment. At othertimes, it can be rented through YIT’sservice partner, the Vuokatti sportsinstitute.The institute ensures that the apart-ment remains in good condition. Anydamage is fixed, and the apartment isalways kept ready for visitors.“We rent out the apartment 300 daysa year and use it ourselves 65 days. Intheory, you should know your own daystwelve months ahead of time, but thepractice is flexible. We, for example,wanted to spend Easter in Vuokatti,even though we had agreed to rent outthe apartment. Everything was arrangedat short notice. Had our own apart-ment been reserved, we could have usedanother unreserved apartment,” saysMarko Luimula.In the YIT Chalets & Villas concept,the rental income for the entire build-ing is divided between those who haveagreed to rent out their holiday home.The income is evaluated based on thesize of the apartment, the number ofrental days, as well as wear and tear.Thanks to the rental service, the costsof the apartments remain small to theowners. Rental income covers housingmaintenance payments and even part ofthe capital.Fun and benefit in a single packageYIT’s Chalets & Villas concept makes for an easy way to own a holiday home. The apart-ments are ready furnished and feature quality equipment. Owners can also opt for clean-ing, bedclothing and breakfast services offered by YIT’s service partners.The Chalets & Villas are located in Finland’s liveliest travel and tourist centres, whichoffer versatile services. If the holiday home is rented out through YIT’s service partner, it isalso of benefit even when the owner does not use it. Housing maintenance fees can becovered with rental income.Apartments included in the rental service are under continuous care and mainte-nance. Owners need not worry about the renters, since the service partner handles themaintenance and any repairs needed in the holiday home. A fixed-term rental agreementis made for three years. Owners simply need to decide when they themselves use theapartment and check how much income they get from it.-ing | 31
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