Published 27 August 2018
Lapinmäki Daycare Centre in Helsinki will be the first daycare building in Finland to be built with renewable massive wooden elements from Stora Enso. The responsible, renewable building material, cross-laminated timber (CLT), was selected for the daycare.
“Today we can construct higher, more durable and lighter buildings from completely renewable raw than ever before. Daycare buildings are an excellent subject for the use of breathing, beautiful and quick-to-construct massive wooden elements,” says Jari Suominen, Executive Vice President of Stora Enso’s Wood Products division.
In recent years, Stora Enso has delivered cross-laminated timber to dozens of daycare centres in Europe, and in Austria alone there are more than 50. Construction from massive wooden elements is fast, safe and generates only a little construction waste. Moreover, throughout their life cycle the materials of the building bind carbon dioxide that would otherwise warm the atmosphere.
“By using wood, we can reduce carbon dioxide emissions from construction by up to 75%. Furthermore, responsibly managed trees always grow back. If all new construction in Finland was made of wood, the required volume of wood would grow back in Finnish forests over just five summer days,” says Jari Suominen.
“The City of Helsinki wants to promote wood construction in public buildings. In the design of Lapinmäki Daycare Centre, particular attention has been paid to the health properties, safety and the durability of the building, for example in material choices,” says Pentti Salo, Project Manager of the Urban Environment division at the City of Helsinki.
Lapinmäki Daycare Centre will be erected quickly using prefabricated massive wooden elements. The ceilings and internal walls of the building will mainly be left as wooden surfaces, which will create a pleasant environment and has been found to reduce stress.
“Excellent quality was the key factor in our selection of Stora Enso's CLT massive wooden elements as the building material for Lapinmäki Daycare Centre,” says Jyrki Huttunen, Managing Director of Puurakentajat, the contractor responsible for the daycare building’s wooden structures.
Construction work for Lapinmäki Daycare Centre begins in August 2018 and will be completed in autumn 2019. The City of Helsinki is the client and developer for the project. The main construction contractor is Rakennuspartio Oy. The building will have care places for approximately 160 children.