Savilahti in Kuopio will be built on the alliance model

Graniittirakennus Kallio (GRK) is one of the key partners using the Alliance model to implement the Savilahti regional building project in Kuopio. The SALLI Alliance Team, formed by GRK, Pöyry Finland Oy and the City of Kuopio, will work together to develop the Savilahti region within the extensive investment program of the City of Kuopio.

In Savilahti, 2 km south of Kuopio, a pleasant and modern district will be created. By 2040, Savilahti will serve some 35,000 inhabitants, workers and students alike. Within the scope of the SALLI Alliance project, the suburb on the shores of Lake Kallavesi will be served by six new bridges and a new street network, supplemented by public transport corridors to Savilahti.

“In the Alliance Team, we are examining whether, besides building these new bridges, it would be wise to repair some of the old bridges, or to replace them totally. This is an example of one thorny issue to be solved within the year-long development process. Once the solutions to the open questions have been found and accepted, a common cost target is defined for the whole project. Next, by early 2019, we are ready to start up the implementation phase”, says Project Manager Juha Junttila from GRK.

The newly won Alliance contract is especially important for GRK, as it is the first of its kind, notes a satisfied Junttila. The success of the Alliance Team was influenced by its proven capabilities in project management, the realism of the technical solutions presented in the offer, and the modest level of the fee percentage.

The team scored 99.5 points of the maximum 100 in the evaluation. This is a good start, but at least as much energy must be put into the development stage. A successful development phase is required to secure a contract for the implementation phase, says Junttila.

Working together on the broad picture

The preliminary cost of the Savilahti Alliance project is approximately EUR 30 million. Juha Junttila, however, points out that the final target cost will not be established until the Alliance has finalized the development phase. The common goal is to find cost-effective, high-quality solutions, which fulfil the short-term needs of the Alliance partners and the long-term needs of the future inhabitants, i.e. the end users of the improved infrastructure.

  • We worked hard on this, with our partners and within our company. We had a large team in place in the costing and bidding phase, picked from our most experienced works managers, site foremen and bidding analysts. The hard work was rewarded by our victory in the tender competition”, says Juha Junttila.

The introduction of the Alliance model in Finnish building practice is gratifying from GRK´s point of view, since the company’s corporate culture has from the beginning included close co-operation and mutual assistance between colleagues, whenever necessary. When this way of working is transferred to projects, where all the parties concerned are figuratively sitting on the same side of the table, a well-managed project may be expected.

– This fierce competition for the Alliance tender has reinforced our view of GRK as a highly motivated, hard-working company. We are looking forward to continuing and deepening our cooperation in the victorious Savilahti Alliance project and other future projects, says Eero Karjalainen, Vice President of Pöyry Finland Oy.

According to Mr. Karjalainen, a major benefit of the Alliance model is that it forces the client, the contractor and the designer to sit down together at the same table, and jointly focus on the implementation of the project.

– This brings a clear advantage to the project, as it pools together the know-how and experience of all parties. Thus, the end product will be of the desired type, in conformance with agreed limits for time and cost, states Karjalainen.

According to Petri Pucilowski, the client representative in the SALLI team, the Alliance model is very suitable for this project. In his opinion, the traditional method of purchasing a pre-designed, packaged solution will not always yield the best end result.

In the Alliance model, the implementation is flexible and draws on the best knowledge of all team members. We believe that this approach will achieve the best solution for the functionality, quality and cost-effectiveness of the traffic arrangements”, explains Pucilowski.