Aecom and SOM win roles on refurbishment of the UN’s Geneva headquarters

US engineer Aecom has teamed up with Chicago architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Switzerland’s Burckhardt + Partner to provide technical design and construction monitoring services for the UN’s Geneva headquarters refurbishment.

Aecom will work on renovating the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems for the 100,000 sq m complex, most of which was built in the 1930s.

It will also upgrade power, cooling, security and IT networks in the kilometre-long Palais des Nations building.

Aecom says it will work with a building information model during the design phase to improve efficiency in construction and operation. The company says that after completion, energy consumption and carbon emissions will be reduced.

UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Sasha Krstanovic, Aecom’s building engineering director, said: "Aecom is proud to be involved with such an iconic project, bringing the UN’s Geneva office into the 21st century. We’re particularly excited to be delivering a 3D model of the complex, which is unusual for such historic buildings."

Renovation works will be carried out in phases to allow UN operations to be carried out as normal on site.

Top image: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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