The building has an activated load-bearing structure that takes part in the HVAC of the building, a system used in Spain for the first time.
The inauguration of the new IDOM corporate office in Madrid took place last Friday 13th of April. Over 900 guests attended the event, including clients, collaborators, top institutional heads and the company’s own human workforce.
After welcoming the guests, the President of IDOM Mr. Fernando Querejeta, had special words of thank you for his clients and collaborators as well as for the public institutions for the trust they have had in IDOM over its more than fifty years of existence. He also highlighted the degree of commitment of all the people in the Madrid IDOM office. The building that was inaugurated today would not have been possible without their effort.
The new IDOM offices have entailed an investment of over 35 million Euros. In a short speech, Mr. Fernando Querejeta said
we needed spaces that supported the growth, internationalization and technological progress of IDOM over the next decades; spaces that promoted even more some of the values that are essential to us, such as team work, efficiency, open communications, external and internal relations or innovation; spaces that would offer our clients and collaborators an image in keeping with the current reality of IDOM, which is, essentially, a project into the future.
A sustainable building
The new building was conceived by a multidisciplinary team, directed by Mr. Jesus Mª Susperregui, director of ACXT (the architecture firm of IDOM group). The idea used has implied an essential qualitative leap in terms of energy efficiency, internal comfort and water saving. Over 500 professionals are working in it right now. The new corporate office in Madrid was conceived with a clear aim: to host the activity of the company, represent it and to become its true “calling card”.
The building was designed, from the very beginning, in a multidisciplinary environment, where architects and engineers have both shared decisions on architecture, building services and energy and communication systems. In this sense, the quest for solutions that would overcome the traditional salubriousness and comfort conflicts typical of tertiary sector buildings has been a fixed objective throughout the whole creation process. A salubrious and domestic atmosphere was thought of for a space destined for work.
The building services have been planned seeking to maximize energy efficiency following a sustainable strategy. The building envelope includes a series of engineered elements focused on minimizing the building’s energy consumption. Its orientation, optimization of openings, high thermal insulation, high performance window panes, exceptional sun protection and double green skin both on the façade and on the roof are some of the features that follow this line of action.
The main HVAC system is the structure itself for the building has an active structure (TABS: Thermally Activated Building System). This system, never before used in Spain, is combined with an evaporative night cooling and offers important advantages against traditional HVAC systems, significantly reducing consumption (saving 75% of the overall energy) and considerably improving the comfort of its occupants. Natural ventilation through interior communication atriums that function as chimneys can even override mechanical ventilation when the weather conditions are suitable. The ventilation ducts are made of fabric, which can be easily cleaned, thus guaranteeing a high level of salubriousness to its occupants.
Water management is also naturally incorporated into the building’s routine. 100% of rain water is collected and used in the watering system, in the treatment and use of sanitary water and in the structure’s evaporative cooling system.
Diversification and internationalization
Founded in 1957 by engineer Mr. Rafael Escolá, IDOM today is a multidisciplinary company, made up by 2,500 professionals, distributed among thirty offices, half of them abroad. Although the company started as an industrial engineering company, it presently carries out its activity in a wide range of specialities and with a very clear focus on technological innovation, offering a diversity of professional services. Its activity covers three main branches: engineering, architecture and consultancy. Combining teams from all technical fields, it is possible to take on projects of great complexity, a characteristic that defines the potential of the firm. On the other hand, the turnkey services are also worth highlighting. Through these, projects with a strong industrial component are undertaken, from their conception until they are ready to go online.
Over 2011, the business figure of IDOM reached 300 million Euros. For some years now, IDOM has set itself demanding objectives of expansion and internationalization; apart from the offices in Spain (Madrid, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Aragon, Galicia, Valencia, Murcia, the Canary and Balearic Islands, Navarre and Andalusia), it has offices in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, USA, UAE, Morocco, Mexico Poland, Portugal, UK and Rumania. Its turnover due to international business accounts for over 60% of the group’s total revenue.
In the past few years, IDOM has played a very relevant role in the development of projects in strategic sectors with a need for professional value-added engineering services, both nationwide as well as abroad. Its size and multidisciplinary know-how allows it to tackle macro-engineering projects with a high degree of technical difficulty and complex system integration.
For example, we can mention: the design of various telescopes in Europe and America (European Extremely Large Telescope E-ELT, the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope ATST in Hawaii); projects and site supervision of high-speed railway works (ADIF); high-speed railway network in Poland; the improvement of archaeological sites in Egypt; motorways and dual carriageways (Ministry of Public Works, Gisa); underground systems (Seville, Barcelona, Porto, Ho Chi Minh, Medellin, Constantin); the hydro-wind power plant in Gorona del Viento (Island of El Hierro); combined cycle power plants (Mexico, Ireland, Russia, Latvia, Dubai); thermo solar power plants (engineering design and turnkey services); participation in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor); iron and steel plants all over the world (UK, Malaysia, Bolivia); nuclear engineering (extension of useful lifespan and design modification in all Spanish nuclear power plants); petrochemical plants (refinery in Talara, Peru); town planning and land management consultancy (London, Saudi Arabia); the architectonic design of CEIBS business school (China); the university campus in Misratah (Libya); a convention centre in Bilbao, hospitals in Spain and Central America, the new San Mames football stadium (Bilbao); the 112 emergencies management centre in Reus (Tarragona) and TACIS and PHARE programmes of the EU (Russia, Ukraine, Algeria), amongst others.
+ Project facts
New Idom Headquarters in Madrid
Avenida Monasterio del Escorial, 4, Madrid
16 M €
15.300 m2 (8.700 m2 sobre rasante + 6.600 m2 bajo rasante)
Antonio Villanueva Peñalver (ACXT Arquitectos)
Andrés Mackenna Rueda
Borja Aróstegui Chapa
Pablo Elorz Gaztelu
Guillermo Digregorio Verdún
Jon Anduela Mugraza
José Manuel Vidal de Torres Ruiz
Fernando De Aguinaga García
Rocío García Cuevas
Jorge De Prado Romero
David García Menéndez
Antonio Villanueva Peñalver
Ramón Gutiérrez Fernández-Cuervo
Isaac Lorenzo Morales
Noemí Barbero Zumalacarregui
Public Health Services
Miguel Pastor Llamas
Carlos Trujillo Campi
Eugenio Domínguez Fernández
Santiago Alonso Ornat
Jaled Salman Callejo
Héctor Mayordomo Herraiz
Mario Torices Fernández
Ismael Díaz Salvador
Ramón Gutiérrez Fernández-Cuervo
Miguel Pastor Llamas
Óscar Martín Corpa
José Luis Macías Toledano
Ezequiel Dangello Zanellato
Javier Garrayo Franco