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New facilities are an investment that benefit personnel and equipment alike

The construction of the Silvasti Group’s new main office and accompanying maintenance buildings will begin this spring in the Seppälänkangas area in Jyväskylä, Finland. The required excavation has already begun, and the plan is for personnel to move into the new facilities in early 2020. The new facilities are designed by Arkkitehtitoimisto LPV Jyväskylä Oy.

According to Jari Sihvonen, project liaison at Silvasti, the new facilities will be notably larger and better equipped than the company’s current ones.

“The new offices, drivers’ break facilities and vehicle workshop are all significantly larger than the current ones. This is sure to raise everyone’s spirits and improve workplace comfort.”

Let’s take a closer look at what kind of facilities the employees of Silvasti look forward to: the new main office building will consist of office and conference facilities on two floors, including dining and recreational spaces. In addition to this, the building will include two break rooms for drivers, washing facilities, a kitchen and, since this is Finland we’re talking about after all, a sauna.

“A large proportion of our employees live outside of Jyväskylä. The new facilities will allow drivers returning late at night to wash and rest for the night before heading home. Of course our drivers can already do that now, but the new facilities will offer much more comfortable accommodation.”

A better workshop in every respect

The new facilities will also double the size of Silvasti’s workshop and provide considerable improvements in regard to its equipment. This is expected to make maintenance work notably easier and faster. The design process of the new workshop has involved surveys of the company’s own needs and visits to the facilities of other transport companies to see their solutions and find best practices.

“I’d estimate that the new workshop can accommodate at least eight vehicles and four trailers simultaneously, somewhat depending on the size. The new workshop will include a pit, two ceiling-mounted bridge cranes and a mobile crane to make maintenance easier. Of course our range of tools is being modernised as well.”

The workshop will connect to storage facilities for equipment, machinery and other supplies. The building will also include a washing hall, which will be a notable improvement as the current washing hall is located too far away from the company’s main office.

“It is extremely important to have all equipment washed regularly to remove sand and grit, which can lead to rusting and other damage if not removed.”