Pulkovo - the new technology center in St. Petersburg - contributes to the modernization of the Russian economy and acts as a model for sustainable building.
28 May 2012
Pulkovo - a pioneer of green building in Russia
Technopolis Pulkovo - the new science and
technology center in St. Petersburg -
contributes to the evolution of the Russian
economy from a raw-material-intensive to a
service and knowledge-based model with a
better capacity to generate successful
innovation. It also acts as a model for
sustainable building for Russian real estate
T sector.echnopolis Pulkovo is a stone's throw away from the
Pulkovo international airport.
The Pulkovo center will promote the competitiveness of the St. Petersburg region. It also stimulates
technology and knowledge transfer over the chain Russian Northwest - Finland - Europe.
The Pulkovo center that opened its doors in September 2010 was developed and introduced by the
Finnish company Technopolis, a growing European real estate investor.
The center has been built according to the high level energy efficiency standards of the Finnish
construction and engineering contractors who have experience of several energy efficient building
projects in Europe.
In the planning and implementation phase, Technopolis own environmental experience was utilized
to cut down the environmental impact of construction activities and real estate operations.
“As a result, our center is energy efficient and its performance exceeds
Russian national standard requirements by more than 40 percent,” says
Peter Coachman, Director of Russian Operations for Technopolis.
“Our center introduces improved energy-efficiency standards to the
Russian commercial real estate sector."
“Everything is going according to schedule. We have outperformed
even the best Russian level for pre-letting rates for office buildings, as
well as pre-letting rates one and two months after a building's
acceptance into use. And our performance levels will remain high,”
The Technopolis Pulkovo center’s first phase have a gross rentable area of 24,100 square meters
and total cost of project is EUR52.2 million including the building and land plot needed for the first
In autumn 2011, Technopolis decided to expand the Pulkovo center. Work on the second phase
started in January 2012, with estimated completion in September 2013. As completed, this phase's
total office area is 18,750 square meters.
Pulkovo phase 2 is the first international project for Technopolis seeking LEED certificate. LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an internationally-recognized green building
certification system. The LEED consultant for this phase is architectural firm Arkkitehtitoimisto
Larkas & Laine and constructor Lemminkäinen Oyj from Finland.
Providing full palette of services
In line with the Technopolis concept, Technopolis
Pulkovo will become a broad-based center of
Technopolis Pulkovo is the first and only facility
designed to serve high-tech companies in St.
The services include, for instance; financial advice,
strategic advisory services, innovation services,
connecting customers, partners, financiers and talent.
"We apply all our expertise and experience to provide a business environment, as well as services
and development tools, that companies need to expand their business and explore new opportunities
in Russia and abroad,” Coachman concludes.
Continuing efforts to turn green in Finland
Technopolis has crystallized its
sustainability targets for 2011-2015 into
an environmental strategy. Main targets
include reducing energy consumption by
10 percent, water consumption by 8
percent and CO2 emissions by 20
percent. This is a part of Green
Technopolis development project
launched at the end of 2009.
Technopolis own offices seek for Green Office environmental label granted
by WWF, according to which also Technopolis concept and services will be
developed. Corporate social responsibility will be developed according to
Global reporting Initiative (GRI) principles.
Technopolis office in Tampere has already received the Green Office label and
several new Green Office projects have been launched in Finland and Estonia.
Technopolis has also introduced several innovative energy saving solutions.
For example, Technopolis Innova phase 2 in Jyväskylä will be the first project
in Finland to have a system that includes ground source heat harvested with
With the help of energy piles, aroud 50 percent of heating energy and 40
percent of cooling and will be saved. The piles are piloted together with
Finnish companies Ruukki Construction, Are and Uponor.
The project also utilizes innovative panels that use free and low-energy
sources to significantly reduce or even largely replace purchased heating and
As a result of increased energy efficiency and green energy, project´s carbon
footprint is decreased almost by half. Project aims at LEED Core & Shell
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