A few tricks to restore splendour. Revitalisation of the Orange office building

Building revitalisation, especially in the “premium” segment, can often be a costly undertaking. In order to keep costs in check and the investment profitable, a frequently used solution is to renovate existing installations and refresh the interior. In combination with a change in the positioning of real estate on the market, this can turn out to be a good business strategy.

A good example of this type of implementation is the newly renovated building housing the Orange Call Centre at Kasprzaka Street in Warsaw. The building’s owner decided to raise the technical parameters of the building and give the interior surfaces a “facelift,” improving the comfort of use. Works on the 6,000-sqm space took one year. Tétris was responsible for the construction and finishing of the new spaces.

The reconstruction of the areas visible to guests and employees was, however, a small challenge compared to the scale of technical work necessary to improve the quality of the installations.

First step: new heart and lungs

The project team faced the daunting task of rationally and economically raising the building’s standards. The replacement of ventilation and air-conditioning systems, i.e. a new “heart and lungs” for the building, proved to be the key. The smoke exhaust system, which is currently based on a gravity installation, was updated. The Tétris team aerated the elevator shafts, and installed three new air handling units, as well as a refrigeration unit and a dry cooler. New aggregates to the freon installation were also added.

Step two: fire regulations

“The most common difficulty is usually bringing the building into compliance with fire standards. A building needs to be adapted to the current guidelines whenever the interior layout changes, which is common practice with each major renovation,” stresses Beata Andryk from Tétris. New fire aisles were created in the Orange office building and new fire dampers were installed in the ventilation system. Emergency exits were also renovated, now marked by intuitive pictograms and directional lighting.

Step three: employee-friendly technology

The third strategic element usually requiring renovation includes electrical installations, HVAC and the IT structural network. A significant part of the cabling in the office building at Kasprzaka Street was replaced, and a network of new sockets was created. The lighting was adapted to the greater number of people working in this space.

Challenge – renovation on a living organism

The trouble of renovations carried out in a functioning office is the efficient organisation of work for people temporarily deprived of their desks. That is why quick renovation is crucial. To accelerate work on the Orange building, two floors were finished simultaneously during one stage, which took about 2-2.5 months. These employees either worked from home or occupied spaces on other floors.

Thorough renovation of the building’s interiors was completed as planned in mid-2017. The most important aspects improving the conditions for users were included in the building. The new space is also fully compliant with current regulations, which increases the value of the building for current, as well as potential, future tenants. The next stage of works will be the addition of Orange branding in new spaces. A comprehensive renovation of the facade is also planned.

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