New fire station as part of safety services hub for Hasselt (Belgium)
Fire stations need to be compliant with many requirements and demands. think project! helped to create workflows and processes for the construction of the new fire station in Hasselt, Belgium, audit-proof, and therefore, waterproof.
For the construction of the new fire station in Hasselt, Belgium, stakeholders established a temporary organisation, consisting of construction companies Democo, Kumpen and STRABAG. The perfect example of a project with employees of several companies who need to be able to work together – not to mention stakeholders like the architect and client. The think project! platform was put in place to put this collaboration on the right track.
think project! was used as a means for document sharing and approval workflows – processes that used to be handled via paper, email, and online file sharing websites, including the insecurities about whether everyone effectively received said email. Using think project! as a document sharing platform provides unambiguity and uniformity, making sure that all stakeholders have the latest and correct document version.
The platform supports approval workflows as well. At the start, plans for cooling, ventilation and the electricity grid were not final. During construction, new plans were continuously being added through think project!, after which all stakeholders could approve them. This ensures everyone is working with the latest version of the latest approved plans.
Buildings such as fire stations need to meet many requirements. With think project!, it is easy to determine if these requirements are met. Should any legal problems arise after delivery, it is immediately traceable who did what, and when, so there is no room for discussion. This way, think project! helps make workflows completely waterproof and audit-proof.
Facts & Figures
- Fire station as part of safety services hub
- Contract volume: 25 million euros
- Opening / completion: June 2018
- Total floor area: 10,000 m2
- Uniformity in document sharing
- Unambiguous approval flow
- Transparency for being audit-proof
- Minimising the flood of emails
- Quick access to relevant documents, independent of time and location
- Updates of approval status
- Transparent audit-trail
- All documents can be found in one central place, so that new employees are incorporated quickly
- After delivery, think project! was used to deliver an as-built file
Applied modules & services
- Drawing management
- Document management
- Document planning
“think project! helped make project workflows completely waterproof AND audit-proof.” – Kris Delbaere, Head Project Leader at STRABAG
- Project type
- Building Construction
- Contract partner
A further architectural enrichment of the ‘Band des Bundes’ (federal building belt)
The extension of the Marie-Elisabeth Lüders Building for the German Parliament is an addition to an existing building originally designed by architect Stephan Braunfels. Construction of the new extension is now underway, taking the architectural design of the previously unfinished existing building and rounding it out into a complete entity.
The entire complex is being given a new and impressive main entrance on Luisenstrasse. Staying in line with the existing building, the ten-storey extension includes offices for parliamentary representatives, a multi-use hall for up to 200 people, meeting rooms, space for art exhibitions, dining facilities, archive facilities and a reading room for parliamentary archives. This means that the hall within the original building can be converted into a venue for meetings and assemblies.
The extension will access the underground system for supply and waste disposal used by nearly all of the parliamentary buildings along this bend of the River Spree. This underground access system must remain fully functional throughout the entire course of construction. At a depth of 21 metres adjacent to the River Spree, the building's excavation pit presents further special challenges in itself.
All project processes are mapped in think project!
The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) is responsible for the federal government's construction operations in Berlin, Bonn and internationally. BBR was keen to implement a central, internet-based project platform to optimise communication and data exchange between the numerous project participants, and especially to ensure data sovereignty for the clients. This way, each project participant can access their respective data at any time and from any location.
The think project! cross-enterprise collaboration platform maps all of the processes required throughout the course of the Marie-Elisabeth Lüders Building extension project. These cover all communications including correspondence, scheduling, plan distribution, invoice checks and defect management. It also enables the exchange of large amounts of data without any issues.
Comprehensible documentation throughout the entire course of the project
All data is documented chronologically within think project!. This minimises the risk of important documents or knowledge going astray should a participant be replaced during the course of the project. Further, this chronological documentation enables completely visibility over development and decision-making processes throughout the entire course of the project.
Ways to ensure that all project participants use the platform were defined contractually by the BBR in the run up to the project. Regular training sessions are conducted for the relevant project groups to transfer innovations and adaptions to the platform's many users.
- Project type
- Building Construction
- Asset owner/ Client
- The Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety, in turn represented by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning
- Contract partner
- The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR)
Building for science and research
The Robert Koch Institute is the German government’s central biomedical institution.
Its core activities include disease detection, prevention and combat, with a focus on infectious diseases, as well as overall analysis of the state of health in Germany. Currently undergoing further expansion, the Institute’s premises in Berlin will soon reflect its national and international importance. The complex construction project involves the development of high-quality buildings.
The construction area includes a primary floor space of around 42,000 square metres — 10,000 square metres of which are intended for security-classified laboratory space up to the highest security level.
The client is the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. This ministry is in turn represented by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR); HENN Architekten is responsible for general planning and project controlling.
One of the principal challenges facing the Federal Government as client in this project is that design and construction must accommodate advances in both technology and scientific research. With specifications still under development which will probably be in force as the buildings become operational, it requires far-sightedness to ensure that future requirements are taken into consideration.
Standardising project communication
As in numerous other projects, BBR is supported by the online project collaboration platform think project! in the expansion of the Robert Koch Institute.
Space for a new age
The hotly-discussed new NATO headquarters is being built on an area of around 40 hectares, directly opposite the old building in Evere, north-east of Brussels.
The new NATO headquarters provides the necessary space for NATO's main task, namely communication between the member states and the rest of the world.
After numerous analyses and feasibility studies, the structural, technical and security-specific requirements of the new building were defined, and an architectural competition was held in 2003. The winning design, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and ASSAR, was put through another in-depth analysis, and implementation planning was completed at the end of 2008.
The design for the new headquarters includes around 190,000 square metres of office space, conference rooms and private areas – and offers the delegates of the 26 (soon to be 28) member states their own areas which are fitted out to embassy standard plus joint areas for communication.
Project management at the highest level
Such a highly-complex project requires stringent and robust management structures. A number of internal committees and project teams, both international and from the host country Belgium, are coordinating the new building. They are supported by numerous external specialists, in particular an international planning team consisting of a consortium made up of SOM and the Belgian companies ASSAR and VK Engineering. A separate planning building was set up for the architects and engineers on land belonging to the Belgian Ministry of Defence.
NATO chooses think project!
After a tender process, think project! was selected as the platform to support coordinators and project partners in their tasks. Those responsible for the project decided to set up an internal solution requiring local hosting, so the IT infrastructure needed to run the software and store data is operated in a Belgian Ministry of Defence computer centre and is subject to the strictest security standards.
The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) has commissioned a four-storey repository building on a former military barracks in Berlin, which was used as a temporary archive for the past decade.
The ‘red cube’, based on a design by Munich architect firm Stephan Braunfels Architekten, towers over all existing buildings and creates a new look for the site, which has been predominantly used by the military since 1870. From a planning perspective, the ‘red cube’ is extremely important for the whole project as it connects the various functional areas of the Federal Archive. A new reception area for the Federal Archive is also located in one of the adjacent glass buildings.
The new building provides optimum archiving conditions for the stored material and books – in total around 110,000 metres. The need for constant climatic conditions plays a particularly important role, and is achieved solely through intelligent physical building design, rather than through air-conditioning systems that are potentially harmful to the environment.
After completion of the 42 million euro repository building, a second construction phase will commence with two heritage-listed barrack buildings to be renovated to house the new user centre and administrative department of the Federal Archive.
Architecture firm, Rainer Schlenkhoff from Berlin, won the Europe-wide tender for refurbishing and renovating the listed barracks.
Management of public sector building projects
The online project collaboration system, think project!, primarily helps BBR coordinate its numerous subcontractors involved in planning and execution. A standard configuration was defined for BBR by think project! based on experiences from 20 other projects, including the armed forces hospital, Robert Koch Institute or the Federal Ministry of Food plus the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Ministry in Berlin. In consultation with the firm responsible for project controlling for the repository building, eins bis neun architekten ingenieure of Berlin, the configuration was specifically adapted and enhanced for the new project. In addition to plan management and reporting, particular emphasis was placed on the distribution and documentation of correspondence.