Finnish contractor Lemminkäinen will build a school campus of timber in Pudasjärvi, in Northern Finland, using the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
The city council made the funding and procurement decision concerning the project at the end of 2013 but the project start was delayed due to a planning claim. The construction is now in progress, and the building will be taken into use in the summer of 2016.
The school will accommodate around 800 students. It comprises four buildings that house the primary and secondary schools, high school, adult education centre and school gym. The total area is approximately 9,700 floor square metres. The timber is supplied by the local subcontractor Kontiotuote.
The project includes planning and executing the construction of a timber school in the Poropudas region in Pudasjärvi. Lemminkäinen will also be liable for the maintenance, upkeep, user services and basic renovation investments during the service contract for the service period of 25 years.
The total value of the project is over €40 million (US$51.6 million). The share of the 2014-2016 investment phase will be approximately €23 million, the majority of which Lemminkäinen will recognise in its Q3/2014 order book.
Casimir Lindholm, Lemminkäinen's President & CEO stated:
The requirements of different learning facilities lead the planning and execution of school premises. In addition, clear targets for the quality of upkeep and maintenance have been set. We have good experience from public-private partnership projects in the field of education, in Kuopio and Oulu. The campus is a good way for us to continue this kind of work. Ensuring the best conditions for learning and teaching is our top priority, starting from the planning stage.
Eero Talala, acting Technical Director at Pudasjärvi commented:
From the point of view of the city of Pudasjärvi, it was important to find the best partners for the PPP project with the tendering process. Lemminkäinen and Kontiotuote managed to create a plan that matches all our targets. The indoor air quality problems that have pestered the schools for a long time are about to be solved by this project.