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.
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 buildings whose faces and effective and economical embodiments demonstrate the advantages and potential of concrete as a domestic 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.
- 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
Justification for the proposal: Kroodi overpasses no. 1 and 2 – the first overpasses/bridges in Estonia that include prestressed precast concrete bridge beams of trapezoidal profile (with a length of up to 25.5 m).
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
Justification for the proposal: Kehärata – arch elements of the 2x1 km long railway tunnel fortification built underneath the Helsinki Airport. It was the first time when the elements for such a tunnel were manufactured in Estonia. Dimensions of the large scale flat-arched elements were 7.64 x 2.53 x 2.47 m. In particular, you can read: Estonian reinforced concrete in the Finnish tunnel
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
The manager of infrastructure products of AS E-Betoonelement Kairet Luiga said that E-Betoonelement has been manufacturing prestressed concrete bridge beams in their plant already since 2000. Over the last fifteen years they have worked a lot on extending the selection of solutions offered. "Right now we are able to design and produce ZIP-beams, BOX-beams, T-beams, various board solutions: prestressed slab beams, 10 m wide deck-plate elements, etc. The largest openings that we have bridged with beams are 30 m and slightly above. The 186 m long Kroodi viaduct with precast deck structure, which was opened to traffic in September, has been so far our largest road construction work in terms of total length,“ says 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.
As the E-Betoonelement belongs to the Consolis SAS group, according to Luiga, the company is not participating in external defects most directly, but cooperates with the group's sister companies.
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.
- 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.
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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 hall
Tondiraba Ice hall
Last year’s winning project – Tondiraba Ice Hall; the concrete elements were manufactured by E-Betoonelement.
Photo: Concrete Association of Estonia
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