The project

The Multi-Framework Agreement provides for the execution of the construction, restructuring and maintenance of the buildings and infrastructure of the Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra for the European Commission.

The project consists of the development of a new storage area for external companies, covering a total area of over 3,000 square meters. The area consists of an office/lounge area and a storage area for stands and materials. The carriageway is 6 meters wide for the initial section and then reduced to allow one-way traffic.

The planned works for Building 1 will mainly comprise three stages:
  • STAGE 1: civil works (interior finishing, floors, doors, panelling and false ceilings) and installations (mechanical, electrical and special installations);
  • STAGE 2: construction of an external canopy;
  • STAGE 3: paving the outside areas.
The aim of the project is to demolish and rebuild building 17A, which was already used as a materials warehouse but with distribution characteristics that no longer meet the client's new needs.
The building consists of an industrial reinforced concrete structure, composed of pre-cast beams, columns and roof deck, located on the site of the previous demolished building.
The main body of the building is rectangular in plan, with a net internal area of approximately 600 square meters, and consists of a single storey above ground; the flat roof is 7.60 m above the level of the internal floor.
The new building is designed to be flexible for possible changes of use (e.g. post office or coworking space); in addition, three internal bulkheads with automatic doors will be built to divide the building into different areas.

The works planned for Building 20 will mainly involve partial dismantling and securing of the site.
The building, formerly used as a machine shop, laboratories and offices, is currently unused. On the other hand, the neighbouring buildings, mainly used for warehouses and technical spaces, will be completely demolished.

The intervention area was devoid of buildings, with only tall trees (oaks and pines) and a partially laid out and partially paved road bordered, in some parts, by stone kerbs.
The project consists of the development of a new storage area for external companies, covering a total area of over 3,000 square meters.
The area consists of an office/lounge area and a storage area for stands and materials. The carriageway is 6 meters wide on the initial section which is subsequently reduced to 5 meters to allow one-way traffic.
The office area consists of an area easily accessible via a paved road, and there are 6 modules in the area that can accommodate containers available on two levels The modules can be divided into 4 with 4 container positions, 1 with 5 container positions and a final module that can accommodate up to 7 containers. The possibility of elevation is, of course, available for each individual container module.
Water and electricity supply is warranted by a distribution terminal, which is conveniently located in relation to the container to be supplied, and connection is very quick, and can be achieved in the total absence of excavation, as the terminal is prepared for this immediate possibility.

The project covers the following areas:

An additional dining catering area is provided, separate from the one already provided in stage 1 and served by the same catering island (area 1.1). This second dining and co-working area is a large continuous space that can be used for large events with a maximum capacity of 500 people. The two spaces, characterized by a suspended ceiling that changes their volumes, can be separated by two folding acoustic walls. The false ceiling H 290, also with acoustic properties, is made of mineral wool panels interspersed with shutters masking hatches for inspection of systems and with low islands at H 270 made of perforated plasterboard identifying functional islands. The co-working space has a maximum of 46 workstations and is equipped with informal furniture that can also be used for dining. There are also steps where a wooden seating area is provided to make the environment more familiar and relaxed. The spaces are accessible to people with disabilities directly from the inner courtyard or from the lift platform located next to the connecting steps. The floor is made of pre-finished oak planks. The area occupies approximately 500 square meters and can be configured as either a multi-purpose area or an event space. Considering the renovated spaces in stage 1 (area 1) with the analyzed partitioning, we obtain:

  • DINING AREA 1 = 220 sqm approx.
  • DINING AREA 2 = 216 sqm approx.
  • ZONA COWORKING = 324 mq ca
An open space with workstations for a maximum of 35 people is created on the upper floor/ground floor. At the entrance a waiting area is identified, characterized by a drop H 270 in perforated covered plasterboard, which, in addition to its aesthetic function, also serves to allow the resistance structure of the installations to bypass the existing resistance beam. The open space and glazed area of the meeting rooms (2/4 persons)/telephone booth has false ceilings H 298 made of smooth or perforated plasterboard. Additional workstations will be located in the closed offices on the two short sides of this area. The flooring is vinyl.
Total area of the space over which to intervene is approximately 225 square meters. It is designed to provide a "buffer" workspace in case the offices inside the CCC are closed or renovated.
Con questa distribuzione avremo:
  • STATION AREA IN CLOSED OFFICES = 25 + 29 = 54 sqm approx.
  • ON OPEN SPACE STATION AREA = 175 sqm approx.
  • OFFICE SUPPORT (meetings, copy, phone booth) = 19 sqm
Considering 7 m2 / person for open space workstations and 8 m2 / person for closed office workstations, we will approximate by default:
  • STATIONS IN OPEN SPACE: 175/7 = 25 stations approx.
  • STATIONS IN CLOSED OFFICES: 54/8 = 6 workstations approx.
To improve thermal performance, the existing ground floor façade of the open space and the first floor façade of the same building will be covered with EPS insulation. The thickness of the insulation, including the finishing layer, will be variable, between 10 and 32 cm, to make the existing façade coplanar. Windows will be provided with a painted tin sill. The top cover and plinth will also be made of painted sheet metal.

The outdoor spaces, which consist of a rectangle of approximately 1,250 m2, are designed to provide green spaces for public use and paved areas. Throughout the duration of works, accessibility will be warranted for emergency vehicles with a 350 cm wide access road and, at the same time, for maintenance and catering service vehicles, for which a loading/unloading area is provided, which will be assessed periodically and throughout the duration of the works. The paving and lighting provide longitudinal paths that have a dual function, as a pavement for vehicles and a footpath for pedestrians. In the service of pedestrians, the longitudinal axes are interrupted by sloping connecting paths, which constitute an "invitation" to the entrances to the building and which, at the same time, have the function of guaranteeing movement and maneuvring for a possible disabled person. The paving, depending on the functionality, will be either roadway or pedestrian type and will be made of Levofloor architectural concrete. The landscaped areas with benches in the green space will be accessible through elements, also made of architectural cement, to form a kind of grass network. The terrace serving the catering service will have the pavement designed with "Levofloorl" architectural cement and serizzo stone inserts. The terrace serving the catering service will have the pavement designed with "Levofloorl" architectural cement and serizzo stone inserts. In order that delimit the terrace, on one side of the terrace a fixed seating area has been designed to be made of painted reinforced concrete. At the base of the seating area there is a linear luminaire.
On the terrace, in the loading/unloading area serving the catering and at the entrance with steps, the existing awnings (stage 1) will be completed with the installation of cover glass and louvres for shading (except for the awning next to the steps). All three will be equipped with suspended linear luminaires. These activities will need to be coordinated and scheduled so as not to interfere with activities in the building and to ensure safe exits at all times.
The walls of the safety stairwells will be fitted with a joinery structure and steel cables angled to match the design of the floor and to allow climbing plants to spread.

A first floor meeting room of approximately 139 square meters will be created with a flexible configuration that can accommodate separate tables or a single table. Work positions range from a minimum of 24 to a maximum of 30 people. In accordance with the workplace safety regulations D.M.37/08, it will be necessary to assess the need to reverse the opening direction of the installed doors, the supply of which is included in stage 1. The main character of the room is maintained by keeping the shape of the sheds, which are covered and clad with stone panels with acoustic features. A plasterboard portal is created on the wall where the doors are located to allow the air ducts, which are designed to be visible, to enter from the corridor at the correct height. The floor is made of pre-finished oak.
Activities in this area will be conducted using the nearby outdoor staircase as the entrance to the premises. This choice will need to be coordinated with activities in Building 36 to ensure the same public flow in compliance with regulations. Specifically, in order to avoid interference between the public and the site in Area 4, activities on the first floor, and therefore the presence of people in the conference rooms, will have to be reduced so that, in the event of an emergency, it is always possible to warrant exit via the other escape routes/safety exits.

The intervention concerns civil construction works designed to contribute to increasing comfort in the working environment and to innovate the aesthetic appearance of the building.
The office building is designed in the form of a parallelepiped with three above-ground levels and a basement.
  • GROUND FLOOR: on the west side of the entrance, the office layout has been redesigned to provide a small meeting room, a storage room and to extend the existing toilets; to the east of the entrance, next to the staircase and elevator block, is the new seating area, accessible both from the outside and inside. In order to obtain these spaces, the laboratories were moved further east towards the emergency exit and the offices were placed in a more central position.
  • FIRST FLOOR: new work spaces and additional meeting areas enclosed by glass walls.
  • SECOND FLOOR: reorganization of offices and passage spaces, in this case the corridors are designed with free socializing points created with furniture elements and sound-absorbing mobile bulkheads.
  • BUILDING COVERING: interventions on the facade and roof aim to improve the building

from an architectural and energy point of view and include:

  • New ventilated facade with integrated photovoltaic panels;
  • Improving the thermal insulation of the facade and roof;
  • Replacement of windows and exterior doors;
  • Screening of windows and door frames by means of retractable slats;
  • External screening of stairs by means of fixed slats or perforated sheeting;
  • Metal awning at the entrance;
  • Photovoltaic panels on the roof.
The completion of the existing metal shelter with a similar metal structure on the north-west side is planned. The new portion of the shelter will be built, similarly to the existing one, with longitudinal profiles (HEA 200 and box-shaped 100x150x4) and transversal profiles (box-shaped 100x200x6.3 and HEA 160).
The canopy will be suspended at the height of the existing slab with φ60.3x4 tubular profiles; it will be simply bolted to the existing reinforced concrete, remaining independent of the already constructed portion.