Arcadia appointed as designer on Bucharest project

Arcadia Engineering, partly owned by Saudi’s KBW Investments, has won a contract to design a project in Bucharest

Business Garden is LEED Platinum pre-certified and is comprised of three 10-storey buildings.
Business Garden is LEED Platinum pre-certified and is comprised of three 10-storey buildings.

Arcadia Engineering (Arcadia) has been appointed as general designer for Business Garden Bucharest by contractor PORR Construct.

The project, by developer Vastint Romania, is scheduled for completion in 2018.

As general designer, Arcadia’s responsibilities include full execution of design and detailing, as well as constructability compliance and legal permit compliance.

Included in Arcadia’s scope of work is managing the full coordination between architectural, structural and MEP disciplines, thereby ensuring the project plans are cohesive with an aligned buildable project scheme.

Arcadia Engineering is co-owned by Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal of KBW Investments, which acquired a 50% stake of the company in November 2014.

Eng Florin Nistor-Chinole, founding partner, Arcadia Engineering, said: “To best execute the requirements of Business Garden Bucharest, building information modeling (BIM) has been employed to guarantee design coordination, and to prevent potential project conflicts and interdisciplinary mismatch.

“As a company, we began integrating BIM three years ago, as it allows us to foresee potential misalignments in building design thereby preventing the revisions process and subsequent delays and budget issues they may lead to.

“BIM is a cost, quality, and timesaver, and we employ BIM across all projects requiring complex planning.”

Chinole added that the Business Garden is Arcadia’s second large-scale project with PORR Construct, expanding upon an existing successful relationship and looks to continue to work with the mega-contractor in future.

“Our design role in the Business Garden development is expected to conclude in Q3 2017, but as part of our client-servicing Arcadia’s team will remain onsite for the duration of the project.

“We will continue to support PORR with any technical assistance that might be required, and to ensure commissioning of the buildings from a design perspective as required,” he said.

Business Garden is one of the largest office developments in Bucharest at a gross built up area of 8.4ha, and with the infrastructure works at 50% completion, the project is progressing on schedule.

Business Garden is LEED Platinum pre-certified and is comprised of three 10-storey buildings: the mid-rise buildings, GLA Building A at 22,042m2, Building B at 10,880m2, and Building C at 10,486m2, are Class A office and retail space.

Designed by West Group Architecture, Business Garden Bucharest is situated in the Central-Western Bucharest business district.

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