Thermal bath Laa – Claims efficiently managed
Thermal bath Laa expansion, including the ‘Silent Spa’ completed construction whilst still in full operation.
In Northern Weinviertel the latest extension of Thermal bath Laa, was opened. Starting December 2016, construction took 17 months including full maintenance operations.
The expansion includes the unique ‘Silent Spa’, containing a floatable tower, a cascade fountain with waterfall and three new exclusive relaxation oases. A lounge with bar, restaurant and terrace was also built, as well as several sauna facilities. Development also included adventure zones, plus a lounging area in the countryside with an outdoor pool. To ensure that the costs and schedule were not exceeded, VAMED worked with think project! for the duration.
The think project! Cross-Enterprise Collaboration Platform was used for document storage and distribution, as well as contract and drawing management throughout the project.
Efficient Claim Management
Structured project management is important to VAMED. Any claims by suppliers during the project had to be reported, checked and processed. For larger construction projects, such as the Thermal bath Laa, this task can become time-consuming and admin-heavy.
think project! was commissioned to create an efficient and process-driven claim management system.
The platform made it possible to record claims promptly and in a structured manner. Claims were automatically forwarded to the responsible parties with appropriate statuses provided to release them for order placement.
All processes were documented in a comprehensive manner, which lead to any deviations in the service descriptions being immediately visible. These could then be quickly checked, and unjustified claims were rejected with explanation.
Facts & Figures (Project)
- Reconstruction and expansion
- The core area of the spa is the unique Silent Spa
- approx. 3,600 m2 new usable area
Used modules and services
- Document storage and distribution
- Drawing management
- Claim management
Creating the conservation zoo experience
Chester Zoo’s 30 million pounds ‘Islands’ project is perhaps the largest infrastructure development in the history of UK zoos.
Chester Zoo’s ‘Islands’ project recreates a conservation expedition – bringing the islands of the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sumatra, Sumba and Sulawesi to the heart of Cheshire in the UK.
The new Islands exhibit will showcase how conservationists work with some of the most endangered animals on the planet. Visitors will travel through the islands by boat and on foot, navigating mangroves, swamps, bamboo groves and tropical forests. Chester Zoo’s new Islands project is designed by German experience architects at dan pearlman.
dan pearlman selects think project! once again
Based on positive experiences during the ‘Yukon Bay’ project for the German Hanover Zoo, dan pearlman has again selected think project! to support its ‘Islands’ development for Chester Zoo.
The online project collaboration platform helps to effectively manage and archive the huge volume of plans, documents, tasks, data and emails involved in such a complex development. think project! enables the Berlin-based architects at dan pearlman to quickly exchange information with the client, Chester Zoo, as well as the other UK project partners.
Boost to economy and tourism in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg airport, which handled around 5.1 million passengers in 2006, is being expanded and will gain importance as a Russian aviation hub, which the airport city will also benefit from.
|Investment volume: approx. 390 million euros|
|Floor space: approx. 62,000 m²|
|Hotel: Four-star Crowne Plaza hotel|
|Office building space: Between 40,000 m² and 60,000 m²|
St. Petersburg Airport City is conceived as a business park, which when completed will comprise several office buildings as well as a hotel. The site measures 62,300 square metres. In the initial construction phase, a four-star Crowne Plaza hotel with 300 rooms, and three office buildings with an area of around 40,000 square metres will be built, with an investment volume of approximately 120 million euros.
In the subsequent phase, further office buildings with around 50,000 to 60,000 square metres are planned. The total investment volume for this is around 390 million euros. The project location directly at the international airport of the city with 5 million inhabitants and on the main connection road to the capital, Moscow, is ideal.
The client PORR configured the project in think project! itself in accordance with its requirements. Processes such as document and design management including digital plan approval are used. think project! is available to users for project correspondence in German, English and Russian.
Architecture symbolising the future
Planning and consulting company Spacial Solutions commenced work in Rwanda almost four years ago.
Two large projects are to be realised: the Kigali Convention Complex in the capital comprising a congress centre, a 5-star hotel, an office park and a museum – as well as a business and resort hotel on the shores of Lake Kivu.
Spacial Solutions decided to use online collaboration platform think project! in both projects.
All project partners had access to the most current plans
In the Kigali Convention Complex, 55 project participants were already involved in the planning phase, including 13 subcontractors and 10 other partners involved in planning, such as the external construction manager who runs the project office in Kigali.
The greatest advantage of think project! is that it guarantees rapid, seamless exchange of project documents. Each of the 20 or so planning teams had access to the most current plans at all times.
- Hotel & Tourism
- Project type
- Building Construction
- Contract partner
- Spacial Solutions
Adrenalin and luxury
Motorsport enthusiasts across the globe agree that the Ascari Race Resort provides one of the most exclusive and finest race tracks in the world.
|Total gross floor space: 7,000 m²|
|Hotel: 2-story main building, 27 suites, restaurant, bar, spa, patio|
|Suites: 1 luxury suite (450 m²), 24 suites (75 m²), 2 suites (155 m²)|
The Ascari Race Resort is named after Alberto Ascari (1918–1955), the first driver to win the Formula 1 world championship twice. Completed in September 2003, the course is located in southern Spain, 10 kilometres from the historic town of Ronda, and owned by Dutch multimillionaire and avid racing driver Klaas Zwart. The 5,435 metre track includes 26 curves, inspired by famous courses such as Daytona and Silverstone, putting its elite visitors to the ultimate test.
In contrast to the non-stop action on the track, the Ascari Club House offers a cosy atmosphere, with an idyllic terrace overlooking the race track and a picturesque Andalusian vista.
Luxury hotel adds to high-class atmosphere
In order to complete the exceptional experience offered by the Ascari Race Resort, a luxury hotel, providing high-quality relaxation after the exertions of a day’s motor racing has been added. To turn this dream into reality, wpm Projektmanagement GmbH was initially contracted as project controller, and shortly afterwards given responsibility for general planning.
wpm chooses think project!
wpm had already had experience of the online collaboration platform think project! during several projects, so decided to implement it for the Ascari project. Good communication is essential – especially as wpm designers are based in different locations – and because huge volumes of data need to be exchanged during a project of this scale. Distance between all parties involved was eliminated, and wpm always had the latest information at its fingertips to provide its client with up-to-date information at any time.
dan pearlman uses think project! to take care of project management at Hanover Adventure Zoo
Hanover’s Adventure Zoo offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors. Unlike any other zoo in Europe, it re-creates each animal’s natural habitat without any visible barriers. The ‘Yukon Bay’ theme world was constructed with experience architecture firm dan pearlman responsible for general project planning.
Exciting theme world over 26,000 square metres
In addition to the animal world of the Northern Tundra, which can be viewed in its natural habitat, visitors will discover the reconstruction of a small harbour town on the Yukon estuary. The harbour contains the main attraction and major design challenge of Yukon Bay – a run-aground ship which visitors can enter. Its hull is incorporated into a water basin which provides a home to polar bears, penguins and seals – offering a unique perspective of their lifestyle.
The challenge of building during day-to-day operation
As general planner, dan pearlman was responsible for coordinating all project participants. Extremely short planning and construction periods, coupled with the need to include existing structures in the project, posed particular challenges in the development of a highly complex and interlocking landscape while accommodating the zoo’s day-to-day operations.
Fast, documented information exchange
In order to effectively and securely manage and archive the huge volume of data and emails resulting from such a large project – while making information accessible to all involved – dan pearlman decided to use the online collaboration platform, think project! The platform enabled dan pearlman to manage project data and plans effectively, providing for a fast, documented exchange of information with Hanover Adventure Zoo and all the planning partners involved – while reducing their own exposure to project risk.
Simplified coordination process creates more time for design tasks
After successful use during construction of the Las Colinas de Marbella holiday resort, Spanish architects allende arquitectos decided to work with think project! on an on-going basis.
|Project developer: Hines Spain|
|Hotel operator: Mandarin Oriental|
|Ground size: 46,000 m²|
|Hotel: Luxury hotel with 53 rooms and spa|
The renowned Spanish architecture office, allende arquitectos, was founded in 1982 and has been the recipient of numerous awards. To allow the team of architects to concentrate on design tasks, day-to-day operations need to be structured and standardised – but day-to-day cooperation with numerous project partners across the globe poses organisational challenges. allende arquitectos decided to look for a tool that would significantly simplify and accelerate communication processes. The company initially chose think project! to support the construction of a large holiday resort in southern Spain with the appealing name Las Colinas de Marbella (The Hills of Marbella).
Demanding project coordination for the construction of a luxury resort
The project was built over 46,000 square metres and involved the construction of a luxury hotel with 53 rooms and its own spa, 69 additional apartments with hotel service, 83 holiday flats and 18 villas. The project team worked from various locations, including Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and Marbella. The communication process between designers allende arquitectos, project developers Hines Spain and hotel operator Mandarin Oriental was especially complex.
Simplified coordination through structured communication
All project communication and the management of project documents was controlled via think project!. Detailed clarifications were carefully documented and numerous coordination processes greatly simplified thanks to structured communications. The time needed for face-to-face meetings was reduced, leading to significant cost savings – particularly as the project partners were so distant from each other.
Long-term decision in favour of think project!
think project!’s ability to adapt flexibly to specified communication methods during the Las Colinas project impressed the allende arquitectos project team. At the beginning of 2007, allende arquitectos decided to use think project! as its standard collaboration platform for project organisation whenever external project partners are involved.