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ÅF with strong involvement in Norways’ New National Museum

Building activity is high at the Vestbane area in Oslo, located between Oslo City Hall and Aker Brygge. Statsbygg is building a new 54,600 square meter national museum for art, architecture and design, on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

Project New National Museum (PNN) is one of the largest ongoing construction projects in Oslo. With large surfaces and the special architecture that starts to emerge, the construction site is well noticed. The museum will consist of large open exhibition areas, common areas where art and people meet, a huge specially built top floor facing the fjord that will light in the dark and outdoor areas and roof terraces that will have magnificent views of the City Hall Square, Akershus Fortress and the fjord. The building is technically complicated, with high standards regarding safety and climate control.

ÅF's role at PNN
ÅF has construction management for all electrical and HVAC contracts including lift and automation / SD systems. In addition, ÅF has progress planning and cost management.

«We are currently 4 HVAC construction managers, 5 electrical construction managers, 3 progress planners and 1 coordinator of integrated building automation equipment. At the moment, ÅF has the largest team of construction managers in the project. Statsbygg is primarily responsible for all project management," says construction manager Geir Vister.

Construction manager Geir Vister from ÅF.

A unique project
The PNN project is a micromanaged project, with detailed project design and architect drawings. In addition to the traditional drawings, the technical installation must relate to architectural drawings in the areas for exhibitions, storage and staff. This building will have a large amount of technical installations hidden in ceilings and double walls. Many of the technical installations will contribute to a climate control and particular lighting design for this museum. The top floor of is a large hall, originally planned in alabaster which gives a translucent and glowing effect at night. This floor will be constructed with double glass layers instead, which give the same effect. This hall is in itself a technically challenging construction," says Vister, and continues:

«Construction is challenging considering fire safety, since we build high ceilings and some doors are up to 8 meters tall. The building is design with many different ventilation systems of which some must control humidity and temperature very accurately in large spaces."

Below the ground floor is a half floor dedicated to HVAC and technical installations

Good cooperation in the project
«Relating to construction management, cooperation is very good. ÅF has put a lot of effort into providing a high quality offer and competent resources to Statsbygg. In return we now have a well functioning working enviroment, which is crucial as the project is getting more hectic and deadlines are thight. Many of us from ÅF have been working with Statsbygg in large procects before, and that gives us good prerequisites for cooperation», says Geir Vister.

The key to construction management
«Good construction management is proactivity, creating good relationships with the contractors and spending much of your time on the construction site. If you manage these three things while keeping track of all administrative tasks, you are well on your way to succeed as a construction manager. Here at PNN we have achieved this», answers Geir Vister when asked about the key to success in construction management.

Construction work at Project New National Museum started in 2014 and is due to be completed in 2019. The museum opens officially in 2020. The cost frame is 5,700 MNOK.

The PNN construction site, June 2017