Award-winning tensioning

An international award for post-tensioned structures for Tapiola Central Parking Facility.

Tapiola project has been presented with the Award for Excellence for parking structures, granted by the Post-Tensioning Institute. The award was granted for delivering post-tensioned structures for Tapiola. The design of tensioned structures was the responsibility of Sweco Structures, with Lemminkäinen assuming the responsibility for tensioning work.

 This special award is granted every two years. The evaluation criteria for the award take into account creativity, innovations, the ingenuity of structures, cost-effectiveness, functionality, constructability and aesthetics.

The project was designed by architect’s office Arkkitehtitoimisto HKP Oy, with SRV Construction Ltd acting as the main contractor.

“All of our team were extremely flattered by this honour. This was a demanding contract for us. The project comprised 49 separate casting blocks, with a total of approximately 150 kilometres of tendon being installed to reinforce the concrete structures. The project lasted from May 2014 until December 2014,” comments Mikko Toivonen, Stress Engineering Unit Manager.

 “In tensioning work, the key is that the installers are professionals in their particular field, with the equipment being in excellent condition and the planning well executed. We have collaborated with SWECO in several projects, this contact smoothing out any rough edges in our collaboration. This is a great asset in demanding contracts,” Toivonen remarks.

Sweco participates in the modernization of Tapiola’s centre, a project which is through and exceptionally large in scope. The modernization project of Tapiola’s traditional urban centre was launched as early as in 2009, with the total cost amounting to approximately EUR 1 billion

 “The parking facility project has been exceptionally long in duration and exceptionally challenging. We are very proud and flattered by the fact that our diverse planning has received the attention it deserves, also internationally,” comments Henri Huoso, project manager at Sweco and a project participant.

Stress engineering at Lemminkäinen