In Tuusula municipality’s groundbreaking log building project, responsible system acquisitions went hand in hand with eco-friendly wooden construction. Hedengren Security’s Prodex FIREscape multifunction centre includes the most energy-efficient emergency lights on the market, open interfaces and cost-effective cabling.
The three-storey log building near Tuusula’s Rykmentinpuisto park is impressive in its scale and beauty. Named Monio and covering nearly 9,000 square metres, the log building also houses a cultural centre with a music school, art school and community college in addition to the upper secondary school.
Completed in July 2023, the building was fitted with state-of-the-art, long-lasting and energy-efficient security systems.
The electrical contractor for this unique construction project was ARE, a Finnish family business with over 100 years of experience in building technology. On ARE’s recommendation, the security systems were acquired from another long-established Finnish company, Hedengren Security. The company has over a century of expertise in its field.
“Hedengren has been our trusted partner for decades, and we know their systems are of superb quality and cost-effective. We also value their know-how and the availability of spare parts,” says ARE project manager Petri Bergman.
According to Bergman, the tough global situation was also a factor in choosing the supplier. When the electrical work began in 2021, the market was highly uncertain and there were many delivery difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Having a large manufacturer nearby provided us with good support and enabled us to ensure timely deliveries,” Bergman says.
Smart integration and energy efficiency
The design and building of Monio’s facilities were based on the criteria of functionality, healthiness and adaptability. The chosen solution was Hedengren Security’s Prodex FIREscape multi-function system. It integrates the property’s two core security systems – fire alarms and emergency lighting – into one intelligent unit.
“The single-system approach helped make the cabling, installation and commissioning agile and efficient in terms of material use. Additionally, the maintenance, upkeep and operating costs of the system are significantly lower than those of conventional setups,” Bergman says.
Neptolux emergency lights, designed by Hedengren Security, provided the most energy-efficient illumination for the log building.
“In this environmentally friendly building, surface installations were also very carefully planned. The beautiful log surfaces were to remain visible, and the technology had to be seamlessly integrated into the architectural design,” Bergman explains.
A safe environment
Tuusula’s largest ever construction project was completed as planned by the beginning of the new school year in late summer 2023. Serving as an excellent example of wooden construction and occupational safety, the building provides safe and versatile study and recreational facilities for students and other users.
Bergman has high praise for Hedengren Security.
“Hedengren Security’s contact person assisted us patiently and with impeccable expertise, both in minor matters and more challenging situations. Despite the global situation, we kept to the agreed schedule and made progress without delays.”