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In March 2016, the winner of Concrete Building of the Year will be selected from among 15 nominees. The Concrete Association of Estonia and the Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia are organising the competition for the sixteenth time.

“Our competition of concrete buildings stands out with its large-scale geography and buildings intended for various purposes,” Kalle Suitslepp, Chairman of Board of the Concrete Association of Estonia, said.

The following buildings compete for the title of Concrete Building of the Year 2015:

  • 1. New main building of the Estonian National Museum – Museum road 2, Tartu;
  • 2. A private residence in Tabasalu – Ranniku road, Tabasalu, Harku rural municipality, Harju County;
  • 3. Ihaste bridge – second construction area of the eastern traffic circle in Tartu, Tartu;
  • 4. Jõhvi State Gymnasium – Hariduse 5b, Jõhvi;
  • 5. Arch elements of the Kehärata train tunnel – beneath the Helsinki Airport, Vantaa, Finland;
  • 6. Commercial and residential building at Kentmanni Street – Kentmanni 6, Tallinn;
  • 7. Koda – residential building / studio / office / classroom;
  • 8. Kroodi overpasses – the Loo-Maardu road section, Jõelähtme rural municipality, Harju County;
  • 9. Cultural Caldron – Põhja avenue 27a, Tallinn;
  • 10. Apartment buildings at Marsi Street – Tondi, Tallinn;
  • 11. Maxima Logistics Centre – Tallinn traffic circle, Rae rural municipality, Harju County;
  • 12. Rakvere Smart House – Lai 20, Rakvere;
  • 13. Viljandi crematorium – Piiri 1a, Viljandi;
  • 14. Võru State Gymnasium – Seminari 1, Võru;
  • 15. One-family house – Põldmarja St, Tartu.

"Especially pleased that school buildings, infrastructure facilities, innovative Tark Maja and Koda have been completed from concrete as a domestic material. The finest homes in Estonia are still being built from concrete - both apartment buildings and private architecture are represented at the competition. Two big cultural buildings have been completed - the Cultural Palace, where the new and old concrete and the Estonian National Museum in Tartu are skillfully linked, "added Suitslepp.

Kehärata tunnel Soomes

According to Suitslepp, the structures of the railway tunnel of the largest airfield in Finland are displayed at the competition as a symbol of the export capacity of the Estonian concrete sector.

The aim of the competition is to find and highlight the buildings, whose appearance and effective and economical performance demonstrate the advantages and potential of concrete as a domestic construction material.

The main prize belongs to the author of the work. Special marking for winning object´s customer, designer, builder, concrete and formwork supplier.

E-Betoonelement entered three nominees for the Concrete Building of the Year 2015 competition organised by the Estonian Concrete Association and the Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia.

Kroodi overpasses

  • Customer: Maanteeamet
  • Architect: Novarc Group AS
  • Developer: Järelpinge Inseneribüroo OÜ, Novarc Group AS, EstKonsult AS, AS CES
  • Builder: AS BMGS Eesti filiaal, Lemminkäinen Eesti AS ja AS E-Betoonelement
  • Concrete products supplier: AS E-Betoonelement

Kroodi overpasses

Ettepaneku põhjendus: Kroodi viaduktid nr 1 ja 2 – esimesed viaduktid/sillad Eestis, kuhu on valmistatud trapetslõikelised eelpingestatud monteeritavad sillatalad (kuni 25,5 m pikkusega), sh Kroodi viadukt nr 1 on 187 m kogupikkusega Eesti pikemate viaduktide-sildade hulka kuuluv.

In particular, you can read: http://mnt.ee/index.php?id=28467

Apartment buildings at Marsi street

  • Customer: AS Pro Kapital Grupp
  • Architect: Allianss Arhitektid OÜ
  • Builder: Nordecon AS
  • Concrete products supplier: AS E-Betoonelement

Marsi St. apartment buildings

Justification for the proposal: A novel solution concept for communications shafts that include the assembly and exploitation of communications as well as noise mitigation.

Arch elements of the Kehärata railway tunnel underneath the Helsinki Airport

  • Customer: Finnish Transport Agency, Vantaa City and Finavia Oy
  • Architect: Pöyry Finland OÜ
  • Builder: SRV Yhtiöt Oy
  • Supplier of Concrete Products: AS E-Betoonelement, Parma OY

Kehärata train tunnel

Ettepaneku põhjendus: Kehärata – Helsinki lennujaama alla rajatud 2x1 km pikkune rongitunneli kaitserajatise kaarelemendid. Eestis toodetud taolise tunneli tarbeks esmakordselt. Lamekaarja kujuga suuregabariidiliste elementide mõõdud olid 7,64x2,53x2,47 m. Valutehniliselt keeruline projekt, kuna elemendid valati nn paigaldusasendis peaaegu kinnistes, spetsiaalselt tellitud vormides. Paigaldusgraafikust tulenevalt oli vaja toota keskmiselt 20 kaarelementi nädalas ja tootmiskestus oli üks aasta. Oluline oli tagada maandusdetailide nõuetekohane toimimine, kaare ala- ja üla-vormipinna kvaliteet, kaitsekihtide nõuded ja elementide kujutäpsus. Täpsemalt saab lugeda: Eesti raudbetoon soome tunnelis

The winner of the competition will be announced in March next year.

Magazine Ehitaja, November 2015

The representatives of concrete materials manufacturers say with one voice that so far the products related to road construction projects have made up an unreasonably small part of the total volume of production, although respective manufacturing capability is there.

Photo: Noblessner´s viaduct construction in 2015. ZIP beam length 27.7 m.

The emphasis is on concrete elements of bridges and viaducts

AS E-Betoonelement valmistab erinevaid teedeehituses vajaminevaid elemente. Ettevõtte infrastruktuuri toodete juhi Kairet Luiga sõnul on E-Betoonelement oma tehastes valmistanud eelpingestatud sillatalasid juba aastast 2000. Viimase viieteistkümne aasta jooksul on palju panustatud sellesse, et laiendada pakutavate lahenduste hulka. „Praegu on meil võimalus projekteerida ja toota ZIP-talasid, karp- ehk BOX-talasid, T-talasid, erinevaid plaatlahendusi: eelpingestatud plaat-talasid, 10 m laiuseid tekiplaadielemente jm. Suurimad avad, mida oleme talaga sillanud on 30 m ja natuke üle selle. Septembris liiklusele avatud 186 m pikkuse monteeritava tekikonstruktsiooniga Kroodi viadukt on olnud kogupikkuse mõttes meie jaoks seni teede-ehituse suurim töö,“ räägib Luiga.

For tunnels, the factory produces concrete arc elements, tunnel ceiling tiles and various tunnel segments.

An extremely interesting project with a very short construction time was a cycle and pedestrian tunnel built under the railway in Lilleküla, for which we designed and manufactured tunnel segments,” said Luiga.

In addition, the company produces elements for crossings, cables with cover plates and various marking posts in a wide range of variables.

In many countries, such as Finland, Norway, France, etc., according to Luiga, prefabricated concrete solutions are commonly used as collision bumps.

Kuna E-Betoonelement kuulub Consolis SAS kontserni, ei osale ettevõte Luiga sõnul välishangetes enamasti otse, ent teeb koostööd kontserni sõsarettevõtetega. „Näiteks üks suurimaid infrasektori ekspordiprojekte on meie jaoks olnud Kehärata tunneli 7 meetrise avaga kaarelemendid, mida tootsime sõsarettevõttele Parma OY-le Soomes - kokku 868 tk ehk 3900 m3,“ jätkas Luiga, kelle sõnul annab monteeritavate lahenduste kasutamine teedeehituses võimaluse teostada töid praktiliselt ilmastikust sõltumatult. „Siin on väga selge argument - puudub kandekonstruktsioonidele raketiste ehitamise vajadus, mis tõstab oluliselt tööde kiirust platsil. Lisaks saab juba tehases anda elementidele vajalikud kalded ja lisada kommunikatsioonitarvikud, et tagada valmiva ehitise täpsus ja kvaliteet,“ põhjendas ta.

Luiga mentioned that precast solutions are normally preferred in case of difficult construction conditions such as bridges over waterways, viaducts over the railway line, or when the construction period is very limited. "Unfortunately, less attention is paid to the fact that precast solutions can help significantly reduce obstacles in the traffic.”

Read more in november magazine Ehitaja.

In mid-October, AS E-Betoonelement and AS Kunda Nordic Tsement presented to the learning laboratory of construction materials of the Tallinn University of Technology a new contemporary laboratory concrete mixer.

The new contemporary concrete mixer significantly increases the quality of laboratory work and expands the research opportunities for Master’s students.

Pictured from the left: Aare Lessuk – quality manager at AS E-Betoonelement, Andrus Rekka – head of marketing at AS Kunda Nordic Tsement, Vaido Leosk – chairman of the board at AS E-Betoonelement, Imre Leetma – marketing director at AS Kunda Nordic Tsement, prof. Lembi-Merike Raadio and dean of the TUT Faculty of Civil Engineering, prof. Siim Idnurm

The Concrete Association of Estonia and Tallinn University of Technology work together to organise the 10th Concrete Technology Day. The event will take place on Thursday, 15 October at 12:00 to 17:00 at the Tallinn University of Technology.

Agenda:

  • 12:00 Registration
  • 12:15 Opening remarks, introduction
  • 12:30 The effect of hydrophobic additives used in concrete – Siim Õunloo, Kodasema OÜ
  • 13:00 About the context of the collaboration of different parties and materials based on the example of Tondiraba Ice Arena – Ahto Aruväli and Tanel Ojang, AS Merko Ehitus Eesti
  • 14:15 Coffee break in the IV floor lobby
  • 14:45 Innovative solutions in assembling railway overpasses in Estonia – Arto Lille, Nordecon AS
  • 15:30 Concrete: from production to placement – Daniela Corbella, Marco Calandi, Giovanni Esposito, CIFA S.p.A, Italy
  • 16:55 Summary of the Technology Day

Participation requires registration.

Read more www.betoon.org

The Concrete Association of Estonia and the Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia announced the contest "Concrete Building of the Year 2015". The aim of the contest is to support the development of concrete architecture, concrete technology and concrete construction and improve the reputation of concrete as a domestic construction material.

“In modern buildings, concrete is often the helping hand, the connecting link that helps integrate different materials into a whole,“ said Kalle Suitslepp, chairman of board of the Concrete Association of Estonia. “Quite a few interesting buildings have been completed and will be completed, and our contest will help introduce these to a wider audience,“ Suitslepp added.

The deadline for submitting works to the contest is 1 December 2015.

The winner will be announced on the national Concrete Day in March 2016.

Tondiraba ice rink
Tondiraba ice rink
Tondiraba ice rink
Tondiraba ice rink

Fotol: Eelmise aasta võidutöö - Tondiraba Jäähall, betoonelemendid tootis E-Betoonelement. Foto: Eesti Betooniühing

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E-Betoonelement has started the process of production and delivery of elements for a new business and production building of Karl Storz Video Endoscopy Estonia OÜ.

  • Project: Karl Storz Video Endoscopy Estonia OÜ business and production building
  • Address: Pärnu mnt 556b, Saue rural municipality
  • Contracting Entity: Conviso OÜ
  • Serviced rendered: design and transport of elements
  • Product nomenclature: hollow core slabs, columns, SW-walls, partition walls and stairs
  • Project Manager of E-Betoonelement: Toomas Böttcher

„External décor of the panels has been divided into rectangles by horizontal dummy joints to diversify the external appearance of the building. Dies that will be placed onto the bottom of moulds were used during the production of the façade panels to obtain differences in texture of panel surfaces. The use of dies with two different pattern, enhanced by smooth, unfinished surfaces, will give the façade a playful general appearance,“ commented Tõnu Ernits, sales engineer-project manager of E-Betoonelement.

E-Betoonelement will finish the deliveries in November; the building will be completed in 2016.

Karl Storz Video Endoscopy Estonia OÜ belongs to Karl Storz Group, a corporation that is a leading manufacturer of medicinal endoscopes and their components and repairs of endoscopes. The Group consists of 40 companies in both Europe and America. The company started business in Estonia back in 1994.

AS E-Betoonelement and AS Merko Ehitus Eesti have signed a supply contract for designing the working project of precast reinforced concrete elements for T1 Shopping Centre, located at Peterburi road 2, and for the design, production and supply of the elements.

  • Project: T1 shopping and entertainment centre
  • Address: Peterburi road 2, Tallinn
  • Customer: Merko Ehitus Eesti AS
  • Services: Design of the working project of precast reinforced concrete elements; design, production and transportation of reinforced concrete elements
  • Product nomenclature: Hollow core slabs, columns, beams, stairs, wall and plinth elements
  • Project Manager of E-Betoonelement: Toomas Böttcher

“The project of T1 Shopping Centre is interesting in terms of its solution, as it does not represent a regular rectangular building but accommodates spacious and open atriums of different shapes.
Therefore, it will be a challenge for the designers to find solutions for the assemblies between precast and monolithic parts. This is an extensive project, which sets higher expectations for both production and delivery schedules,” says Thomas Böttcher, the project manager of E-Betoonelement.

T1 Shopping Centre is planned to accommodate more than 200 shops on ca 55,000 m². The centre will open to visitors in fall 2017.

Additional information here.

Kristjan Ats Mägi, Äripäev

If otherwise, refugees will have to go through a long request, then those 150 refugees who arrive in Estonia will not be able to stay in the accommodation center, but will receive a free rental space and the opportunity to go to work immediately.

Now it is clear that Estonia will take 150 refugees in two years. Upon arrival, the refugee resides in a rental or social housing facility offered by a rural municipality or city.

According to the spokeswoman of the Ministry of Social Affairs Oskar Lepik, the recipient of international protection is equal to the resident citizen living in Estonia, that is, he has the right to work, to receive labor market subsidies and labor market services.

Job seekers do not stay alone - the country, according to Lepik, offers various support and support services to help them find work, such as the possibility of studying Estonian.

According to Health and Labor Minister Rannar Vassiliev, Töötukassa fund offers refugees assistance in the same way as other unemployed people living in Estonia.

Although, according to Rannar Vassilyev, the government does not pay any benefits or benefits to the recruitment of refugees, several companies have become interested in implementing their work. There are such companies as, for example AS E-Betoonelement, OÜ Tallinna Pesumaja, OÜ Baltic Log Cabins, AS Hagar ja OÜ Pandivere Pansion.

the Head of the Design Department Tamsalu Factory Manager Marek Prees sõnul on neil praegu tööl kaks pagulast, kes töötavad betoontoodete valmistaja ametikohal. „Initsiatiiv tuli tegelikult Vao keskusest, kust uuriti, et kas meil on vabu kohti,“ ütles Prees.

Tulevikus on ettevõte Preesi sõnul vajadusel valmis võtma veel pagulasi tööle, kuid samas peab valikuid langetama ettevaatlikult. „Peab vaatama, et mingeid kampasid ei tekiks,“ kommenteeris ta. Keelebarjääri Prees probleemiks ei pea, näiteks suheldakse praegu firmas töötava ukrainlasega vene keeles ning sudaanlasega inglise keeles.

According to Sirje Pedi, head of the Pandivere Pension in Vao village, their interest in refugees came from the fact that the company was not found anywhere in the workforce.

The recruited refugees describe Pedius as industrious and intelligent people, the only obstacle is language.

Regardless of government efforts and corporate interest, it is not easy to find paid employment for refugees. According to Eero Janson, Member of the Board of Refugee Board, there are refugees among people with different levels of education, but refugees predominantly receive only minor work.

According to Janson, however, the refugee can, in particular, increase his chances on the labor market, mainly through language learning.

According to Rannar Vassilyev, it is important for the refugee to trust the assistance system provided by the state of Estonia.

According to Janson, however, the state could, in order to facilitate the recruitment of refugees, be given control to Töötukassa.

According to Janson, the refugees themselves are extremely motivated to find a job. "This is their first priority, for them it is even more important than finding a place of residence," said Janson.

  • Object: Kaagvere specialised school complex – main building, family house and six group homes
  • Address: Kaagvere, Tartu County
  • Architects: Esplan OÜ
  • Customer: YIT Ehitus AS
  • Contract for services by AS E-Betoonelement: design, elements and installation
  • Project manager: Toomas Böttcher

AS E-Betoonelement’s works at the construction of Kaagvere specialised school have been completed. The contracting comprised the design, manufacture, transport and assembly of the main building, family house and six group homes of the specialised school.

“This project was a full contracting of element solution, which meant that E-Betoonelement had the opportunity to optimise the solution of the entire building complex from the drawings to the assembly on element basis. At the design stage, we prepared a 3D model of the planned building using the Tekla BIM software, which enabled working from one platform throughout. The model was complemented step-by-step according to the current project stage all the way to completion. Such approach helped to significantly save time and prevent mistakes, because the comprehensiveness of the model allows to quickly model, consider and compare different alternatives and to also test out the course of the supply chain. The main contractor YIT Ehitus was thoroughly satisfied with E-Betoonelement, because it didn’t have to separately deal with the design, manufacturing and assembly.

The company was also satisfied with the quality of elements, as there were no significant colour differences on the surfaces of the patented rust colour.

Special praise was given to E-Betoonelement’s assembly team headed by Marko Haabjärv and Raigo Grünthal.Similarly to E-Betoonelement, the main contractor YIT Ehitus pays close attention to occupational safety, and construction objects have similar requirements for safety equipment, e.g. helmet with a fastening strap, safety goggles, safety boots, etc. In addition to excellent and skilful assembly work, continuous use of safety equipment by the assembly team, which was an example set for all other contractors, also got a mention,” said Toomas Böttcher.

Elements of the exterior facade of the school have been treated with a ferrous sulphate solution in order to achieve a rust colour on the buildings.

View of the building complex of Kaagvere specialised school

Kaagvere specialised school is set to open for studies in the autumn of this year.

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