Grontmij wins technical design for international ICT knowledge centre in Paris

Grontmij wins technical design for international ICT knowledge centre in Paris

De Bilt– Institut Mines-Telecom has selected Grontmij for the technical design and consultancy of its prestigious, brand-new teaching and research facility on the Paris-Saclay campus in France. The institute has ambitions to become an international knowledge centre for Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The assignment, valued for Grontmij at € 4.5 million, started in September 2013 and will be finalised by early 2017.

Working within a consortium, Grontmij has been tasked with engineering and consultancy on all technical and infrastructure components on the 2.9-hectare new-build site, including roads and utility networks. Four partners will be working with us within this consortium: Grafton Architects, Vigneu & Zilio Architects, Chapman BDSP and Alayrac.

Says Jan Bosschem, Managing Director of Grontmij in France: ‘This is a very prestigious project for us. As a Group, we have extensive experience in the creation of “healthy”, sustainable buildings. The institute is aiming to become an international centre of excellence and our aim on this project is to provide a facility that will support that aim.’

The institute will be used by over 2,200 students and around 300 lecturers and researchers. Reducing water and energy consumption and managing waste are important objectives for the design and construction process. The building will use solar power for its energy needs.

In addition, Grontmij will conduct a feasibility study for other renewable energy sources. The well-being and comfort of the students and teachers is also central in the design process. The building will be in harmony with its environment and should give visual, acoustic and hygrothermic comfort and facilitates good water and air quality.

For the facility itself, the Grontmij team will focus on technical aspects (roads and utility networks, electricity, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, smoke evacuation, water systems, laboratory equipment, photovoltaic installations), fire safety systems, survey studies and technical monitoring of operational progress and 3D digital modeling.

Grontmij has significant experience in the design and engineering of sustainable buildings. Grontmij is also responsible for the technical and environmental components of the sustainable refurbishment of the Eifel tower’s first level in Paris. Grontmij’s involvement in the 7 More London Riverside new build pushed the boundaries of environmentally responsible design.

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