A crystal on Baku’s harbour
Baku Crystal Hall was built for the international music competition, the Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted 2012 by Azerbaijan in its capital city Baku.
Completed on time just before the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2012, construction company ALPINE officially handed the brand new multifunctional Baku Crystal Hall over to the client – Azerbaijan’s State Committee on Property Issues. Following its official inauguration with the Eurovision Song Contest, a wide variety of major events can now be held in Baku Crystal Hall.
ALPINE built Baku Crystal Hall in a record time of just eight months. As general contractor, ALPINE subsidiary ALPINE Bau Deutschland AG was responsible for its planning and construction. ALPINE realised the construction together with a project team consisting of NÜSSLI Group, gmp International GmbH, Basler & Hofmann AG and SSF Ingenieure AG.
Based on the shape and structure of crystals
The architectural facade that gives the building its name is based on the shape and structure of crystals, the 230-metre long by 160-metre wide arena situated on Baku harbour is encased by a translucent membrane to protect up to 25,000 spectators from sun and rain. More than 80,000 lights are integrated into the facade, making the building shine and sparkle impressively at night.
ALPINE decided for think project!
ALPINE Bau Deutschland chose to use think project! to support the construction of Baku Crystal Hall. It had already been used in the construction and renovation of several stadiums used for the 2012 European Football Championship, including the National Stadium in Warsaw and the PGA Arena in Gdansk, to support processes for design and document management, ordering and invoicing.
Investing in innovation
One of the largest construction sites managed by general contractor HRS Real Estate SA – Crissier in Switzerland is the ‘Quartier de l’Innovation’ at EPFL (Technical University) in Lausanne.
As part of a PPP project, the University is constructing five buildings with a total 27,000 square metres of office and laboratory space, to be used by national and international companies within close vicinity of the campus.
The EPFL will conduct a careful selection process for the companies seeking to lease space at various subject-based hubs (medtech/biotech, greentech, information and communication technologies) in the Quartier de l’Innovation. The basic prerequisite for successfully gaining a lease is a scientific partnership with EPFL.
The project dimensions are out of the ordinary; with a large number of technical subcontractors, the order volume to be processed, transferred and documented is huge. For the general contractor, which is playing a key role throughout the entire execution phase, communication and traceability are extremely important, and this is precisely where the online project collaboration platform think project! is proving to be a central and indispensable instrument for carrying out the work.
Tradition get a new edge
The construction of a multi-functional cultural centre in the centre of Tyumen, capital of Siberia, will create an important icon for the city and deliver benefits to the entire region.
As responsible project controller, Russian company LIDEK Engineering decided to use think project! – primarily for its ability to map typical Russian accounting processes.
Special processes in Russia
KS2 and KS3 are standard forms used in Russia to reflect work performed or materials ordered − and the corresponding costs accrued over a specific period between different project members. These forms are intended to ensure that only services that are specifically defined in the contract are billed for.
These forms must be created monthly between LIDEK Engineering and the client, as well as between LIDEK Engineering and its subcontractors. They combine several invoices per contract partner and must be submitted regularly to the Russian tax authorities. As services are rendered, several versions of each form are created, which must all be checked on an ongoing basis.
Approval and delivery of the forms is mapped within think project!
think project! can be used for the approval of different form versions, while enabling the delivery of the forms to the client and sub-contractors – also enabling us to check compliance with submission deadlines for the forms.
think project! makes ordering and invoicing processes more efficient
The new PGE Arena in Gdansk is one of three out of a total of four EURO-2012™-stadiums in Poland. It will be constructed on an almost 100-acres-site in close proximity to the city centre.
|Area: 393,000 m²|
|Building area: 15,891 m²|
The stadium was planned by the architects RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky Architektur + Städtebau using the traditional ship-construction-style of Danzig.
The main steel construction of the stadium – built in a consortium with ALPINE Bau Deutschland AG – is comprised of 82 elements, so called frames, each weighing approximately 66 tons. The total weight of the steel construction will reach 7.2 thousand tons.
Optimised processes in ordering and invoicing
ALPINE was looking for an option to map processes from ordering and invoicing that meet their specific requirements. They wanted to implement a system in which all orders, invoices and also payments could be documented transparently and well organised. Withinin a very short period of time it was possible to map the required processes just the way ALPINE needed them within the online project collaboration platform think project!.
The processes linked to ALPINE’s ordering and invoicing processes in the meantime extend across many different construction sites in Poland and several other countries. think project! can be used from anywhere and at any time to display the current value of all orders. Additionally, reports can be generated that can be analysed by various criteria – e.g. by supplier or material type.
A new arena for football championships
As a specialist in the construction of large sporting facilities, the Max Bögl group operates in many countries – including Poland, which will co-host the Euro 2012 soccer championships with Ukraine.
Poland is investing more than 25 billion euros in upgrading its infrastructure for this prestigious event, covering the development of new football stadiums and the expansion of existing venues – notably the construction of a modern football arena for 43,000 spectators in Wrocław.
The Wrocław 2012 project company – founded by the City of Wrocław for construction of the stadium – awarded Max Bögl the contract for the 160 million euro project, which is based on designs by Düsseldorf architects JSK.
Designed as a classic two-tier stadium with an intermediate corporate box level, the structure is an unusual construction. In most stadiums, public areas are incorporated compactly below the stands and the tiers are connected via external stairways. The new Wrocław Euro stadium features open stands with public areas and walkways on the outside. The resultant large interior spaces incorporate open stairs for access and offer a view of the illuminated underside of the stand structure. Another architectural and structural highlight of the design is an oval roof and facade – giving the stadium a distinctive appearance and, by extension, creating an impressive landmark for the city of Wrocław.
Efficient design management
As general contractor, Max Bögl is responsible for turnkey delivery of the completed stadium. The greatest challenge posed by this project is the extremely short construction period – no major stadium in the world has ever been built in such a short space of time. To meet this tight deadline and manage the large number of plans involved, Max Bögl decided to use think project!.
A further landmark for Poland’s capital
One of the most modern stadiums in Europe, the new National Stadium in Warsaw is to be completed by 2011.
|Area: 100 acres|
|Building area: 19,500 m²|
|Construction period: 2009-2011|
The stadium will be one of the venues for the European Football Championship in Poland in 2012.
The construction consortium ALPINE - PBG SA - Hydrobudowa Polska SA decided for an online collaboration solution to support project management of the stadium construction and to increase transparency for all project partners.
All drawings, documents and correspondence, as well as approval workflows for financial documents, will be organised via think project!.