Aarhus came one step closer to a new-built school of architecture when, today, it was possible to hold a rather untraditional topping out event at Godsbanearealet in Aarhus. Due to the corona situation, only the craftsmen had been invited – divided into four groups. And all the praise for the project was delivered online, in a video, in which representatives for respectively Aarhus School of Architecture, design-and-build contractor A. Enggaard, the architecture office ADEPT, and The Danish Building & Property Agency, the project’s building owner, praised the craftsmen for their efforts.
– A topping out ceremony is always a big day. And despite the fact that the corona situation limits the ways we can be together, we are happy that, taking the right precautions and with the right planning, we were able to celebrate an important milestone. The project is proceeding according to plan. And although the corona situation has complicated the process, all parties involved, especially the craftsmen, have been able to strike the right balance between complying with the recommendations of the health authorities and continuing their work on the project. I think we have every reason to be very proud of this, says Jens Skinnebach, department head at A. Enggaard.
However, it is not only the topping out that has been approached in an alternative way for the NEW AARCH project. As a special feature of this project, The Danish Building & Property Agency has created a new model of collaboration model called NEW PARTNERING. With this model, the parties of the building project were involved much earlier in the process than usual, and several transparent and open collaborations were established across the value chain:
– We, the building owners, feel we can hardly thank you enough. Every day we encounter a constructive and solution-oriented approach at the site. And everybody contributes their specific, professional knowledge. The hand that executes is of absolutely vital importance to the finished house. This is why we greatly appreciate the ongoing dialogue with the craftsmen on how the project can be improved, says Lisa Sørensen, project manager in The Danish Building & Property Agency.