As professional and experienced curtain walling and façade designers, we aim to be involved in the design process as early as possible. Being involved early enables greater opportunities for Value Engineering in the project and for finding the best technical solution that will suit our client’s vision and budget.
Having the initial design concept agreed, our in-house team of designers prepare the complete design package covering structural, thermal and fire resistance analysis, detailed documentation and 3D visualisations.
After having all the documentation approved with the client and their architects, our logistics team is now able to get involved. Designers provide the team with all the quantities and material optimization for all components to be ordered. The aim in this phase of the project is to plan the flow of the material deliveries, `Just in Time‘ production and transportation in order to keep the agreed time schedules and stay in the budget. Quality control throughout the whole process is an inseparable part of the activities performed by the logistics teams.
Before starting the full production, a mock-up is produced and presented for every project to the client and their representatives to make sure the design is understood correctly between both sides. The mock-up can be presented either in the Skanska Curtain Walling and Façades production hall in Prague or on site. The main purpose in this phase of a project is to be `Right First Time‘ once we arrive on site with the first elements to install.
Based in Prague, Czech Republic, Skanska produces curtain walls, stick façades, windows and doors within its modern 3600 m2 production facility with an unlimited possibility to expand when required by the project. Having our own production facility allows us to control the quality of the products, speed of manufacturing and distribution to our client all in a safe and ethical environment.
Standard mean of transport is truck which is loaded with facade elements. We use foldable steel cages for transportation. Each cage can load up to 8 unitised curtain walling elements. Transportation is then handled by one of our approved subcontractors using their articulated vehicles, which normally carries 3 cages. One vehicle therefore carries up to 24 elements, approx. 240 sqm of curtain walls.
Our number one priority is the Health and Safety of all our employees and subcontractors. Planning is the key for creating a safe working environment on site. Our planning starts very early in the design phase and ends with detailed planning of installation, allowing for the changing conditions on each site.
For each site and working condition it is crucial for us to:
• Use the right equipment responsibly
• Follow the rules and standards set by local legislation and Skanska initiatives
• Be the leader in health and safety
The team for assembly normally consists of our own in-house professional installers, subcontractors we have previously worked with in different projects or local recommended companies who are aware of those country specific standards and requirements.
Our job is only complete after the modular façade and or internal partitioning has been signed off by the client and is to the required standard.
The handover process is generally agreed before we even start work on site. This is to ensure both parties know what is expected and when it will happen. We schedule all major issues right through to close out and handover.