Condition Surveys and Modeling

Kakolanmäki Wastewater Treatment Plant

A 471,000 cubic meter rock field was excavated near the center of Turku for construction of the Kakolanmäki Wastewater Treatment Plant. When completed, the wastewater treatment plant replaced five old treatment plants and also reduced the region’s effluent load to the sea by 30–50%.

The sludge separated during the treatment produces biogas, which is used for district heating. The Kakola Heat Pump Plant also uses the waste heat from the treated wastewater.

The adjacent, valuable old buildings housing the Kakola Prison, created challenges for the excavation. Design and construction of the wastewater treatment plant particularly considered the location in the urban environment and near our valuable archipelago.

Maunula Sports Hall

Responsibilities: Principal design and architectural design

The Maunula Sports Hall, completed in 1998, is located in an underground civil defense shelter. A ramp to the premises is accessible from Männikkö Road, but the public entrance is located on the Maunulanmäki side. The shelter’s primary function is an underground civil defense shelter. The principal building material used for the entrance building is reinforced concrete.

Moisture problems have been observed at the site, particularly in the floors, though leaks have been observed in the wall and roof shotcrete surfaces. The purpose of the project is to determine the effects of moisture problems in the lower floor of the existing sports hall, to redesign the floor structures in selected areas and to improve ventilation of the space.

West Metro

The West Metro extension has been one of the most talked about projects in the Helsinki metropolitan area in recent years. The 21-kilometer-long West Metro extension, which includes 13 new stations, has provided work for many design offices.

Rockplan’s Juha Salmelainen was responsible for the principal design of the rock mechanics and tunneling (PS-KAT) for the Ruoholahti – Matinkylä section of the first phase, which was commissioned in 2017. The rock mechanics and tunneling design of the Ruoholahti – Keilaniemi section was the responsibility of the consulting consortium FKW, which consisted of Finnmap Infra, Kalliosuunnittelu Oy Rockplan Ltd and WSP Finland Oy.

In the second phase of the West Metro extension, the Matinkylä – Kivenlahti section, Rockplan is part of the consulting group Sigma and is responsible for the rock mechanics and tunneling design for the Kivenlahti metro station and the structural design for the Kaita station. The Sigma consulting group consists of Finnmap Infra Oy, Kalliosuunnittelu Oy Rockplan Ltd, WSP Finland Oy, Sipti Oy and Saanio & Riekkola Oy. Phase 2 traffic is scheduled to begin in 2023.