Due to an overwhelming success in the Chinese market, the world's leading pump manufacturer Grundfos decided to extend their Suzhou production facility from 2005. With the extension completed late 2008, the facility totalled 48,000 sq.m., making it the company's largest production facility worldwide outside Denmark at the time of completion. Ramboll acted as General Planner on the project.
The project comprised 20,300 sq.m. of gross floor area, including approx. 5,400 sq.m. of office space, canteen and locker rooms. It involved extension of the existing production building to the east, connecting a new office building to the existing offices in two levels, and a conversion of the previous learning academy building into a fully equipped kitchen and canteen with room for 200 employees. The interfaces with the existing facilities were extensive.
"With Suzhou Industrial Park situated in old rice fields and with Grundfos' heavy production equipment, it was necessary to carry out pile foundation under the entire production floor. To satisfy the requirements, approx. 28 km of piles were installed during what turned out to be the worst winter in Suzhou in 50 years. This was the start of a challenging construction phase which culminated in December 2008 when the facility was handed over," says Project Manager Jannick Just Hansen.
Ramboll’s Tailor-made General Planner Concept
As General Planner, Ramboll was fully responsible to Grundfos for all performed services comprising design, project and construction management of the whole facility, including structural and civil works and mechanical and electrical installations as well as utility lines to and from the plot. All architectural works were carried out in close cooperation with the Grundfos Group Architects Office.
Ramboll has developed a General Planner concept that ensures a top quality result from A to Z, from purchase of the plot to the final handover of the completed production facility. The concept is tailor-made for industrial companies planning to build production facilities worldwide. It carefully guides the client through the planning of the building project. Ramboll takes charge of the entire process from the start of the planning until the completed building is handed over and, within the agreed time and budget, leaves the client with a modern production facility of Western European standard that also reflects our renowned Scandinavian sense of quality and good design.