Finland tops out ‘Snow Cape’ Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
EXCLUSIVE: Commissioner General Severi Keinälä tells CW that the steel structure makes about 30% of the whole construction
Construction work is rapidly progressing on Expo 2020 Dubai’s Shaping Future Happiness-themed Finland Pavilion, with the country having become among the first ones to top out its pavilion ‘Snow Cape’.
As part of the topping out ceremony Finnish delegates, including Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä, Commissioner General of Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai, Severi Keinälä, and Finland’s Ambassador to the UAE, Marianne Nissilä, signed the final piece of the steel beam that will be installed to complete the structure.
Speaking to Construction Week, Keinälä, said: “The entire structure has been done including the steel structure and the sandwich panels covering the whole building.”
“The steel structure is about 30% of the whole construction work” he added.
On asking about the progress on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) works, Keinälä told Construction Week: “For MEP works all the foundations and all the enabling works have been done. All the MEP equipment has already been manufactured [and it is] just a matter of installing it."
He added: “That comes immediately after we have enveloped it close with the sandwich panels.”
Keinälä also said that in a month the team on site will complete installation of most of the MEP works, with the next step being the “time consuming” work on building the interiors as part of construction activities.
Located within Expo 2020 Dubai’s Mobility District, the concept, design, planning, and execution of the pavilion has been carried out by Finland-based JKMM Architects — which was also the architect of Finland’s pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 — and Swiss construction heavyweight, Expomobilia.