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Aecom scoops United Nations Geneva refurb

Aecom has been appointed by two architectual firms to work on the United Nations’ renovation of its European headquarters in Geneva.

The global consultancy giant will provide technical design and construction monitoring services on the project’s MEP works.

The value of its contract has not been disclosed.

The UN is looking to upgrade the systems at its 100,000 sq m Palais des Nations complex, much of which was built in the 1930s.

Aecom will work with architects SOM and Burckhardt+Partner to renovate the power, cooling, security and IT systems.

Work on the job will be carried out while the site remains fully operational, with 12,000 meetings taking place at the facility every year.

The consultant said it had carried out extensive thermal modelling for the extensive cabling, cooling pipework, control systems and lighting that will be added as part of the renovation.

Aecom added that it would use BIM 3D modelling on the scheme.

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CREDIT United Nations_Aecom_United Nations_Palais des Nations Geneva 2

Source: United Nations

Aecom director of building engineering Sasha Krstanovic said: “Aecom is proud to be involved with such an iconic project, bringing the UN’s Geneva office into the 21st century.

“We are particularly excited to be delivering a 3D model of the complex, which is unusual for such historic buildings.”

Last month saw Aecom promote Colin Wood to chief executive for civil infrastructure after his predecessor Richard Robinson joined HS2.

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