by Ron Bernthal
With new office construction in Romania rapidly increasing throughout the country, developers are competing with their peers by adding more sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly features to their projects, including tenant amenities like easy access to public transportation, on-site dining venues, and elaborate fitness centers.
Campus 6, located in the Central-West area of Bucharest, in the proximity of University Politehnica, is one of several office buldings developed by Skanska in Romania. When fully completed Campus 6 will have a total leasable area of 872,000 square-feet consisting of four Class A buildings. The first phase, with eleven stories above ground, and two levels of underground parking, was completed, with Campus 6.3 in 2020 and 6.2 in 2021.
The last two structures were the first office buildings in Romania to earn the WELL Core & Shell certification. Earning a Well Core certification verifies the performance of the building, and communicates to tenants that the company they work for is committed to partnering with them in creating a healthy environment for their employees.
Campus 6.2 and 6.3 also offers the first office rooftop running track in Romania, a beautiful 280 meters-long (920 feet) track that employees are now using. The track stretches across the connected roofs of the Campus 6.2 and 6.3 buildings, at a height of 138 feet above ground. Employees working in these two buildings can enjoy outdoor exercise without leaving their building, or just relax in the specially arranged terrace seating next to the track.
According to Skanska, the company plans on “creating futureproof workplaces with unique placemaking, where workers will enjoy spending their time.” With this Bucharest project they offer a building “for tenants who are looking to expand their business in the coming years, and who are focusing more and more on the well-being of their employees.”
Located at the intersection of two main boulevards, Iuliu Maniu and Vasile Milea, Skanska’s new Campus 6 project benefits from excellent visibility and exposure, having great access to public transportation (a metro station is just across the street, with trams, buses, trolley stations within 150 feet). Proximity to the Basarab highway fly-over also ensures easy connections to the North and Center districts of Bucharest by car.
Additional Campus 6 amenities include campus-wide high-speed Wi-Fi, co-working green spaces, an amphitheater for hosting small business and social gatherings, restaurants, and self-serve cafeterias with outdoor terraces.
“We are happy to talk about the rooftop running track, an innovative feature that highlights the two buildings on Campus 6,” said Igor Hristenco, Project Manager within the construction division of Skanska CEE in Romania. “The construction of the running track lasted four weeks, and 13 tons of tartan were used in its construction. Although it is a recreational track, the high-quality material used for the surface of the track is certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations.” Tartan Track® is a trademarked, all-weather synthetic track surfacing made of polyurethane used for track and field competitions, and manufactured by 3M. It lets athletes compete in bad weather without serious performance loss and improves their results over other surfaces.
The rooftop track in Bucharest is not Skanska’s first project of this type. The developer also integrated this kind of tenant amenity in a building in Prague’s, where the 150-meter (492-feet) running track on the roof of the Visionary building opened in 2018. This building was the first administrative building in continental Europe with a running track on the roof.
“People are spending more and more time at work, and so they need a place to escape and let go. That’s why we decided to put a running track on the roof of Prague’s Visionary building,” said Petra Machartová, Skanska Property’s Marketing and Communication Director.
The oval located on the roof of the Visionary building offers a full 360-degree view of the Holešovice district. Showers and terrace seating are also available, and for workers using the track to practice for a half-marathon, that would be about 162 laps around the roof.
Skanska is also creating the same amenity in Budapest, where a running track will be built on the rooftop of the city’s new H2Office building, which started construction in 2020. Other amenities in the building that will appeal to the physical and mental health of the tenant’s include bicycle storage, changing rooms and showers, and electric charging stations that encourage the use of environmentally friendly transport options.