Condition measurement Flemish Administrative Centre in Ghent

Client: AG Real Estate
Location: Ghent
Timing: October 2019 – May 2020
Surface: 40.206 m²
Budget: € 30.000 
Status: finished

Technical advice I Facades & Roofs

Study assignment: feasibility of accessibility of facades, facade inspection and condition measurement of the current state of the facades and roofs of the Flemish Administrative Centre in Ghent.

After a process in which Bureau Bouwtechniek subjected the building to a thorough examination, BB also examined the problem of the accessibility of the facade for maintenance. A preliminary study analysed the original installation and feasibility of possible solutions. The final choice was for the addition of a facade installation on the roofs of the tower, a gondola that travels back and forth on a rail track avoiding all the existing technical installations. 
Bureau Bouwtechniek then carried out a thorough inspection of the building envelope of the entire Flemish Administrative Centre in Ghent, with particular emphasis on the facade of the tower building. Apart from testing the new façade installation, the aim of the assignment was to chart the condition of the building envelope approximately five years after the building was commissioned. In particular, the sealant joints between the prefab façade panels appeared to be in poor condition. 
Condition measurement
In order to form as detailed a picture as possible of the facade from close by, the condition measurement of the facades of the tower was carried out with the help of the facade system. The facades of the arm of the building were mapped by a drone inspection in cooperation with Argus Vision. The high resolution images of the opaque facades were compiled into a complete set of views.

The inspection report includes:

  • a photo report;  
  • a detailed listing of the identified defects with an overview of the possible points of attention in terms of maintenance; 
  • an analysis of the current state of the building envelope 
  • and an analysis of the operation of the facade installation. 

BB team: ir. arch. Arno Van Hulle, ir. arch. Ruben Van Vooren