Skanska Cuts the Ribbon on Poland's First Green Building

Skanska Cuts the Ribbon on Poland's First Green Building

Deloitte House, the first commercial structure in Poland to be certified as a green building by the European Commission, officially opened this month.

Developed by the global construction company Skanska with Kazimierski & Ryba architects, the building that is also called Atrium City houses 20,000 square meters (almost 215,280 square feet) of Class A office space on 14 levels and a three-floor underground parking lot with space for 218 cars.

To obtain certification under the European Commission's GreenBuilding Programme, a nonresidential building must consume at least 25 percent less energy than the norm in the country where the structure is located.

Completed last month, the Deloitte House/Atrium City building is estimated to consume 32.5 percent less energy than the norm in Poland. The building has a raised floor system to facilitate cabling and was constructed without internal columns.

It also has a chilled-beam air conditioning system, energy efficient lighting, motion-sensor taps that use about 40 percent less water than standard faucets and double-flush toilets that use 60 percent less water than traditional commodes.

Ninety-five percent of the building is leased; Deloitte is main tenant. Other high-profile firms in the building include Deutsche Bank, which placed its first green branch at the site. Skanska Property Poland also has offices in the building.

In its quarters, Skanska has furniture made from wood endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, carpets partially containing recycled material and recycling bins for plastic, glass, metal and batteries. There are bike stands outside the building and showers available inside for people who cycle to work. Skanska is seeking certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for commercial interiors for the firm's new office space.

Deutsche Bank is also is applying for LEED certification of its green branch.

Atrium City is part of Skanska's Atrium complex in Warsaw. Atrium City was developed for about USD$ 100 million. Skanska sold it to the German investment fund DEKA last September 2008 for about USD$ 150 million, the construction company said. Jones Lang LaSalle is the agent for the building.

Image courtesy of Skanska.