The modernisation of buildings, or renovation construction, is often challenging. Modernisation projects are typically fast-paced and complex. This requires a great deal from the project parties: the client, the users of the facilities, the designers and the implementing parties. The modernisation of buildings is a complex puzzle where it’s important to stay on schedule and within budget. A collaborative contract model and open cooperation are our responses to these challenges.
In the modernisation of buildings, Fira focuses on the renovation of head offices – on bringing our customers’ facilities to the present day. Our “facelifts” include converting the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Iso Paja building into the head office of the state-owned VR logistics group. We have also modernised the head offices of Fennia and Fortum. Through these and many other projects, we have fine-tuned our operating model to ensure mutual trust between the project parties and the effective achievement of the project goals.
Extensive modernisation projects involve challenges in terms of both design and construction. Modernisation projects must be completed in accordance with current requirements and regulations and on the old building’s terms.
Head offices cannot always be closed for the duration of the renovation project, meaning that the projects are typically fast-paced. People may continue to use the facilities during the construction work, so it’s particularly important to divide the project into sections and phases.
Success through cooperation
An open process that encourages all parties to participate is the most effective response to the challenges of modernisation projects. Our strengths include the Verstas workshop concept for the planning phase. We join the project at an early stage and plan it together with the project parties. Our experienced construction site organisation is able to meet the project goals effectively.
In the Verstas model, we involve all project parties – the client, the users, the designers and the necessary subcontractors – in the planning process from the very beginning. This enables us to predict challenges and even resolve them as early as the planning phase.
Our operations are based on trust created by reducing boundaries between the project parties and setting goals and planning together openly. When we are planning and developing together, we are able to tackle the most typical challenges and complete the project successfully.
This model has proven to be beneficial for all parties, as it encourages everyone to keep the goals actively in mind and work effectively to achieve them.
The modernisation of buildings is particularly challenging, from planning to implementation. It could even be seen as the most demanding sector of construction – a challenge of champions. The more complex the project, the more important it is for all project parties to be aware of the goals and keep up to date with the progress. The Verstas workshop concept and the collaborative contract model are game strategies for winning teams, based on caring, trust and transparency.