Project Name: City Bank Azriely Tower TA
The project of the City Bank offices was executed over an area of about 2,000 sq.m., divided into two floors, at the Azrieli Sarona Building, Tel Aviv. The project is composed of finishing systems work and is constructed of office rooms, open spaces and servers room meeting LEED 4 Standard, for the City Bank branch in Israel.
As part of the project, construction works were performed, including installation of floating floors over the entire area of the floors, steel works, air conditioning, electricity, fire detection and plumbing, communication and steel works.
During the projects, we ran into substantial challenges, the first of which was design of installation of FTC barriers upon floating floor, while maintaining the required acoustics level. Through advance planning of the location of floating tiles and construction of floor aprons built under the tiles, we overcame this challenge.
In a project of this kind, we were required, as part of the green construction definitions, LEED 4 Standard, to classify construction project collected during the construction work. We ordered 10 large containers to the site that could be transported to a waste container located in the parking floors of the building, and for each container we defined which material it contained.
Waste containers were removed according to the material they contained and weighed accordingly. Each day, a different material was removed.
This project was characterized by full structure control and special four-pole computerized fuse-boxes of the Schneider Company, which allowed for analysis of the electricity consumption of each electric circuit and bus-bars installed under a floating floor over the entire project area.
A servers room that contained INROW units, batteries, transformers and UPS was built “in the air” and supported onto the building core pillars upon steel poles and special steel benches.
Through an internal system unique to Yaniv Engineering, which allows analysis of the project at any given time during the execution, data analysis was performed, which presented to me, as the project manager, the project status as far as timetables, tasks and challenges ahead.
Use of these data allowed me, as project manager, to treat the expected critical and problematic points and concentrate all my powers and resources in order to complete them and meet the project deadlines to which Yaniv Engineering committed.
The last stage in execution of works of this kind is the stage of approvals by the standards institutes and lab exams, and, of course, final delivery to the client. This is a very significant stage, not less than the execution stage and completion of the construction works, since if the test results fail, the client cannot occupy the building.
In this project, the pressure to accept the signed certificates and provide them on time to the fire department was substantial. Through cooperation on part of the subcontractors, creativity and persistence, we were successful in this task and reach and designated and estimated point in time.
As project manager, I understand that the first weeks at the beginning of the project are the critical weeks in such process, since any postponement or indifference towards the timing of the tasks at hand creates a vacuum at the end of the project and might cause failure to meet the tasks and meet the agreed-upon timetables.
During the project, we were faced with the dilemma regarding the stage at which to perform floating floors, installation of carpets, FTC barriers as final finishing in the project area, due to multitude of systems below the floating floor. Eventually, decision was made to install only the tiles on which FTC barriers were installed. This move allowed the systems contractors to complete installations while installing final finishing materials such as carpets, etc.