Product warehouse successfully completed in the Port of Kokkola

Fimpec’s real estate experts took part in the construction of a product warehouse in the Port of Kokkola for Oy Adolf Lahti Yxpila Ab. Fimpec brought its real estate expertise to all phases of the project, from initial planning and tendering of contractors to the actual construction and site supervision.

At the end of May 2021, Fimpec completed a product warehouse in the Port of Kokkola, marking the successful conclusion of yet another real estate project for the company. Oy Adolf Lahti Yxpila Ab  was Fimpec’s client in the venture, and Fimpec was involved throughout the entire process. Oy Adolf Lahti Yxpila Ab is a logistics company that belongs to the KWH Group.

The project included the construction of a 4,000 m² product warehouse. The warehouse was tailored to the needs of Oy Adolf Lahti Yxpila Ab’s clients, and Fimpec was involved in the project right from the initial engineering phase. The building stores the end products of client factories, as well as the consumables used in production.

Fimpec’s Olli-Pekka Salomaa, who was the project manager and technical construction supervisor during the construction phase, explains that Fimpec had an extensive role and significant responsibility in all phases of the project.

“We got involved in the Port of Kokkola’s new product warehouse from the very start. We were already involved in the needs assessment and project engineering phases of the project two years ago. After that, we were responsible for the building permit phase, for tendering contractors and for site supervision and construction. During the construction phase, the building services supervisors for the electrical and HVAC work were also from Fimpec,” Salomaa clarifies.

Project completed with smooth cooperation

The project also came with its own challenges, for which Fimpec was always well prepared thanks to its solid project management expertise. The ground conditions of the construction site in particular added their own special characteristics.

“The ground conditions at the site were more challenging than usual because the groundwater was close. The site had also previously been used for soil composting. This meant more phases had to be added, for instance soil replacement and groundwater reduction,” explains Salomaa.

Despite the challenges, the project was successfully completed. Salomaa says it has brought Fimpec more visibility in the areas of Kokkola and Western Finland. The most important measure of success for Fimpec, however, is always a satisfied customer. The product warehouse in the Port of Kokkola is a testament to the successful partnership between Oy Adolf Lahti Yxpila Ab and Fimpec.

Antti Ylitalo of Oy Adolf Lahti Yxpila Ab is positive about the co-operation between his company and Fimpec: “Collaboration works well when you are surrounded by good people and the dialogue is straightforward.”

The coronavirus pandemic brought some challenges to the collaboration and success of the entire project, and with the construction site in Kokkola and Fimpec’s team in Jyväskylä, Ylitalo did have some concerns about the distance between the two companies.

“However, those concerns turned out to be in vain: the geographical distance was never an issue and the pandemic forced us all into remote meetings anyway. It was easy to trust in Fimpec’s team and it was nice to work with them. We also look to the future in a positive frame of mind and will consider potential new collaboration projects on a case-by-case basis”.

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