Fire Simulation: Pabellón de Cristal, Casa de Campo, Madrid

Property: Madrid Espacios y Congresos
Location: Casa de Campo, Madrid

Geasyt performs a study of smoke control and evacuation for the Pabellón de Cristal building in Casa de Campo, Madrid.

 The system’s components are modelled, including sprinklers, air inlets and outlets, an aspiration smoke detection system, etc.

Amongst other output variables, both temperatures and smoke layer height are monitored in the inside of the bulding; as well as visibility and CO concentration.

The use of computational simulations for complex buildings such as this one allows us to perform a thorough analysis of different design possibilities in order to optimize smoke control and evacuation systems in our projects.

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Evacuation Simulation: Sports Hall in Las Palmas

The simulation consists of the upper sectors of the Sports Hall in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The objective is to guarantee that the design of smoke control system provides safe evacuation routes for the occupants in the building, as well as helping in the optimization of exit distribution and route sizing.

The simulation enables the user to monitor over time the number of people in each sector of the building, as well as the use of exits and doors in and out of the different sectors.

Boulevard Mall, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Property: Urban Commercial Development of Vitoria-Gasteiz, SA (Promodes and Eroski)
Architects: I3 Consultores S.A. (Eduardo Leira Sánchez and Raimundo Argüeso Delgado)
Location: Calle Zaramaga, Vitoria, Álava.
Project date: 2001
Completion date: January 2004
Work performed: Engineering, structure
Built surface: 75.000 m2 (shopping centre), 75.000 m2 (Parking)

The project consists in the construction of a shopping mall, a large supermarket, and three commercial buildings (one dedicated to DIY, one for the sale of appliances and the other for automobile services). The shopping gallery provides several types of business and leisure activities, integrated through the use of pedestrian lanes –the malls- that give structure and unity to the building. Leisure activities and facilities include shopping areas, cinemas, restaurants, a gym, a bowling alley and family entertainment.

Apart from the elements described above, 3.600 parking slots are included to give service to the mall.

Refurbishment of Madrid’s Town Hall

Property: Dirección General de Patrimonio. Área de Gobierno de Hacienda y Administración Pública
Architects: Phase I.Arquimática S.L., Francisco Rodríguez de Partearrollo, David Márquez Latorre, Ángel Martínez Díaz, Francisco Martínez Díaz
Location: Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid
Project date: 2005
Completion date: 2011
Work performed: Engineering

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The building can be separated into various areas that articulate the new complicated programme. The core building, orientated towards Plaza de Cibeles, with its pleasant outdoor formalisation, crowned by the tower, and its strong interior spaces, must remain the main piece in the project. It must be honoured, respecting its basic morphology during its complete refurbishment and removing secondary or additional elements where necessary. It will host on its second floor the City Information Centre. The rest of areas will hold temporary or permanent exhibitions, while the first floor will hold projection and conference halls, as well as an auditorium.

It has been necessary to reconfigure the vertical circulation system to integrate the aforementioned spaces and allow public access to spaces that were previously private. Amongst these is the great tower, now turned into an exhibition area and a privileged vantage point from which to rediscover Madrid. The new routes, conformed by a panoramic elevator system, have been placed to allow visitors to ‘walk around’, enjoying the architecture of Palacios and Otamendi and, at the same time, the city that hosts them.

The link between the tower and its large base, turned into an obligatory stop in the tour, is taken advantage of to create a leisure area –cafeteria- from which to take care of the morphology of the building through its renewed decks.

Amongst the rest of key areas of the building, around which the southern structure of the building revolves, is the Patio de Correos. It will host the new Plenary Hall, a good option taking into account that it permits displaying its monumental value and its –up to now- unexploited architecture; as well as the fact that it locates the city’s institutional heart in a location with a strong link to public access from Cibeles and integrated into the administrative spaces’ flow system. Some of these are situated around it with their façades towards the Paseo del Prado and Calle Montalbán. The rest are to be installed in the courtyard opposite Ruiz de Alarcón street.

This is where the action is perhaps most evident in the project. Under the old courtyard, new spaces for essential services (stores, facilities) in addition to the large auditorium are created, where multi-use is achieved with the help of mechanisms capable of transforming the space. Above ground, rather than a residual area, the aim is to achieve a multifunctional space that sums the new Casa de la Villa’s objectives, a place of celebration and meeting, high capacity and versatility to host events for institutional or cultural holidays. A new deck is therefore designed, sensitive to transmission efforts and with a subtle presence.

Its support –very irregular- helps to create an organic form that clearly separates itself from the building’s architecture. It also helps to recover the original scale patio (without the addition of 1930) without manifesting itself in the urban environment.

Mother and child Hospital, Madrid

Property: Department of Health and Consumption, Madrid
Architects: D. Rafael Moneo, D. José María de la Mata
Location: O’Donnell Street, Madrid
Project date: 1999
Completion date: October 2003
Work performed: Management, Engineering (TYPSA-GEASYT UTE)
Built surface: 50.000 m2

The block is bounded by the streets O’Donnell, Doctor Esquerdo, Doctor Castello and Maiquez.

In this block are located the buildings associated with the Health and Social Security, which are the following: Ministry of Health and Social Security, Regional Health Service, Mother and Child Hospital and the already demolished Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Once demolished the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the following works are performed:

– Construction of the new Mother and Child Hospital

– Demolition of modern extension of the Child Hospital

– Construction of private streets, parking and Campus

– Demolition of the Regional Health Service building

– Construction of new building of the Regional Health Service

– Refurbishment and expansion of the building of the Ministry of Health

– Refurbishment of the historic Child Hospital building

Blood Transfusion Centre, Madrid

Property: Madrid Health Service, SER+MAS
Architects: Pilar Alonso, Paloma Huidobro, Miguel Ángel Álvarez
Location: Avenida de la Democracia, Valdebernardo
Project date: 2000
Completion date: January 2003
Work performed: Architecture, structures, engineering and management
Built surface: 12.826 m2

The project presents a wide range of design possibilities, both in building and design.

The program has been developed around a central spine, which by means of glass elements on the deck and interior courtyards, allows for interior lighting.

The building is three floors high, plus a basement that holds the parking lot as well as rooms for storage, etc.

The most important part of the programme is developed on the ground floor, where the main access for donors and workers is situated. Right across the main access one can find the cafeteria and auditorium.

The “blood factory” or Fractionation Laboratory, where blood extracted from donors or received through exterior donations is treated, takes up the central volume of the building.

The building’s backbone also contains the haematology laboratories on the ground and first floor, including offices and support areas associated to them. On the second floor one can find the research laboratories, white rooms, etc.

Administrative offices are situated in the area near the main access on the first floor. Management and direction offices are situated on the second floor.

Mobile units are located on the ground floor, close to the exit into the manoeuvre courtyard.

Emergency Management Centre 112

Property: Comunidad de Madrid
Location: Carretera M-502, c/v Paseo del Río, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid
Project date: 2001
Completion date: January 2003
Work performed: Engineering
Surface built: 23.484 m2

The project presents a wide range of design possibilities, both in construction and layout.

The building hosts the Integrated Management of Emergencies of Madrid (service 112), mainly for administrative use where the offices of various departments are located.

The building consists of two underground floors, a ground floor and three more floors above ground level, as well as a fourth floor for building services.

The core of the building is the operating room, a large open space on the ground floor, where emergencies are monitored and controlled.

The centre’s building services have been designed to guarantee that in an emergency situation, the centre would be able to operate autonomously for two months even without power supply.

The core of the building is the operating room, a large open space on the ground floor, where emergencies are monitored and controlled.

The centre’s building services have been designed to guarantee that in an emergency situation, the centre would be able to operate autonomously for two months even without power supply.