Construction Supervision by Oktopaz: Magna Seating Aleksinac (Canopy)

It is a pleasure when an old client hires us for his new project. Magna Seating is one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world.

During the construction of the Magna Seating company’s production facility in Aleksinac (2020 – 2021), Oktopaz provided construction supervision and health & safety coordination services (read more).

The company Magna Seating has started the construction of a canopy next to the existing facility. And this time, Oktopaz provides services of construction supervision and health & safety coordination, proving that it achieves relationships of mutual trust with its clients.

The canopy, with a base of 25 x 14 meters, is 7 meters high. Oktopaz will supervise earthwork, concrete, reinforcement, locksmith, roofing, sheet metal, and electric power works.

Construction Supervision by Oktopaz: CTP for Nidec Elesys Novi Sad

CTP for Nidec Elesys Novi Sad

The completion of the production complex for the Japanese company Nidec, with an area of about 27,500 square meters, coincides with the start of construction on the neighbouring plot. The beneficiary of this new business and production complex will be Nidec Elesys. This new business of Oktopaz is a continuation of the successful cooperation with our renowned client, the Dutch company CTP. It is the leading owner and operator of business and industrial parks in Central and Eastern Europe. CTP is the leader in the industrial real estate market in Serbia.

During the construction of the Nidec Elesys factory, Oktopaz renders construction supervision and health & safety coordination.

In this complex, Nidec Elesys will produce components for the automotive industry. The complex consists of a production facility with a warehouse of raw materials for production, administrative part and auxiliary facilities, such as a porter’s lodge and underground retention for receiving rainwater. Providing new jobs, this factory will contribute to the development of the automotive industry in Serbia.

The size of this building is about 19,000 square meters. Assembly elements made of reinforced and prestressed concrete form the skeleton of the structure of the building.

The engineering and professional disciplines rendered by Oktopaz within this industrial project are architecture, construction materials and structures, water & sewage, fire safety, medium and low voltage electrical systems, mechanical building services, lifts, internal roads, and health & safety at work.

Construction Supervision by Oktopaz: Kolektor Etra Barajevo

Kolektor Etra Barajevo

Kolektor Etra, our Slovenian client, has a rich tradition in highly specialised industrial production. The Serbian subsidiary, founded back in 1946 and owned by the client since 2018, produces and overhauls oil-filled power transformers.

Our client decided to build a business-industrial facility in Barajevo near Belgrade. The principal purpose of the facility is product testing. Oktopaz leads the construction supervision and health & safety coordination at work on this project.

The first part of this two-storey building is a production hall, serving for testing and control of products. The facility has two cranes with a capacity of 5 and 70 tons. The other part of the building is the administration, where there are wardrobes and locker rooms for workers, a kitchen and an exhibition space for clients. Ancillary facilities are a porter’s lodge, a substation and a distribution plant. After the testing and control, the cranes lift heavy goods and transport them to the plateau by the facility for truck loading.

The structural system of the building is reinforced and prestressed concrete. The system is designed predominantly as a prefabricated one, formed by reinforced columns on which the main beams and purlins of the roof structure and the floor slab structure lean. The steel construction is in the facade area, crane girders, and roof bracings.

Oktopaz renders architecture, construction materials and structures, water & sewage, fire safety, medium and low voltage electrical systems, mechanical building services, and health & safety at work within this industrial project.

Oktopaz’s expert opinion on construction supervision in Daibau magazine

Oktopaz on construction supervision

Daibau magazine published an article with its considerations on construction supervision. You can read their article in Serbian here.

In this article, Oktopaz answered several questions. These questions and answers are listed below.

1. As an expert in the field of construction, please tell us what the purpose of construction supervision is and how does supervision work

Construction supervision in Serbia is mandatory. It achieves the following:

  • Ensuring that construction takes place according to the appropriate permits, approvals, and design, and taking timely measures if a deviation occurs
  • Quality control of works
  • Control of application of regulations, standards, and quality norms
  • Control and verification of the quantities of performed works, or the degree of completed items, if stipulated so by the contract for construction supervision with the client
  • Check whether there is evidence of the quality of materials, equipment, and installations (attests, certificates, test reports, etc.)
  • Resolving other issues per legal regulations

2. How does the construction supervision work? How many visits does it make, or does all this depend on the concrete project?

Oktopaz conducts construction supervision with a multidisciplinary team of experienced engineers who possess appropriate licenses per applicable regulations. The number of supervising engineers, the disciplines they cover, and the length of their work on the construction site, i.e. the frequency of site visits, are determined by analysing each project individually.

3. To what stage of construction do you recommend that the supervisor participate in construction?

The construction supervision performs its tasks until the completion of construction. A final walkaround of the facility is performed, based on which we create a snag list. This list contains deadlines for eliminating deficiencies.

Upon completion of the works, the construction supervision, client and contractor sign a statement confirming that the as-built conditions are equal to the designed ones. It is a necessary document for the client to obtain a use permit.

Construction Supervision by Oktopaz: CTP for Nidec Novi Sad

CTP for Nidec Novi Sad

Our client, the Dutch company CTP is the leading owner and operator of business and industrial parks in Central and Eastern Europe. CTP is a leader in the industrial real estate market in Serbia.

The factory under construction for the Japanese company Nidec in Novi Sad, where Oktopaz leads construction supervision and provides health & safety coordination at work, will produce electric motors for power steering and drive motors for hybrid vehicles in the first phase. When production reaches full capacity, this factory will provide between 1,000 and 2,000 new jobs and contribute to the development of the automotive industry in Serbia.

With an area of about 27,500 square meters, this production complex consists of an administrative building, a production facility, and auxiliary facilities (a pumping station, porter’s lodge, canopy for municipal waste, etc.).

The engineering and professional disciplines rendered by Oktopaz within this industrial project are architecture, construction materials and structures, water & sewage, fire safety, medium and low voltage electrical systems, mechanical building services, lifts, internal roads, and health & safety at work.

Construction Supervision by Oktopaz: Structura Investment Uno Sombor

Structura Investment Uno Sombor

Oktopaz provides new construction supervision in Sombor, in the north of Serbia. It is an industrial complex for producing the upper parts of footwear, built by our client Structura Investment Uno. Eight hundred fifty workers will find a job in the completed facility.

This industrial complex consists of 9 facilities to be built in 4 phases. On this occasion, the first 2 phases of work are ongoing. The buildings are arranged in a row, radially, which creates an interesting architectural form, unusual for the somewhat rigid standards of industrial buildings. The facilities are technologically interconnected. The structural system consists of prefabricated reinforced concrete.

The engineering and professional disciplines that Oktopaz provides on this industrial project are:

  • Architecture
  • Building materials and structures
  • Water & sewage
  • Fire safety
  • Medium & low voltage electrical systems
  • Mechanical building services

Project Management by Oktopaz: Leoni Nis

Leoni Nis

Leoni is a global provider of products, solutions, and services for energy and data management in the automotive sector and other industries. The market-listed group of companies has around 95,000 employees in 32 countries and generated consolidated sales of 4.8 billion EUR in 2019.

We are happy to continue our significant sequence of deals in the automotive industry. Leoni went for an extension of its warehouse in Nis. Oktopaz has signed a project management contract including construction supervision, the preparation of a safety plan, health & safety coordination, and consultancy regarding technical inspection and acceptance.

Leoni Serbia has about 9,000 employees and is the most significant industrial employer in Serbia. Since its inception, the company has built an impressive network of around 500 domestic suppliers and, together with them, generated a total turnover of 117 million EUR, contributing to raising the living standard in the areas where it operates.

The engineering and professional disciplines provided by Oktopaz in yet another project within the automotive industry are:

  • Architecture
  • Building materials and structures
  • Water & sewerage
  • Fire safety
  • Medium & low voltage electrical systems
  • Health & safety

Construction Supervision by Oktopaz: Magna Seating Aleksinac

Magna Seating Aleksinac

The construction of the production plant of the Canadian company Magna Seating in Aleksinac is largely underway. This project has been announced as one of the most important in Serbia lately, and the state has helped this construction through its well-known program of supporting foreign investments.

The project’s significance in the national context greatly emphasizes the symbolic value of this work for Oktopaz. Since September 2020, we have provided construction supervision, safety plan, and health & safety coordination during the execution of works in Aleksinac.

For over 60 years, Magna Seating has been one of the largest and most respected suppliers in the automotive industry in the world. It is a daughter company of Magna International, the largest automotive parts manufacturer in North America, selling original equipment parts. Magna International has been on the Fortune Global 500 for 20 years in a row since 2001.

The engineering and professional disciplines provided by Oktopaz within this challenging project are architecture, building materials & structures, water supply & sewerage, fire safety, medium & low voltage electrical systems, heating, ventilation & air conditioning, and health & safety.

Construction Supervision by Oktopaz: Reconstruction of Pirot General Hospital

Pirot General Hospital

The reconstruction of Pirot General Hospital has begun. In a global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Oktopaz is proud of improving the health system by providing construction supervision. Our vision is that our client’s success and environmental and social awareness development matter.

The reconstruction of Pirot General Hospital improves its energy properties:

  • Energy rehabilitation of the outer shell (facades, bay windows, walkways, and roofs)
  • Renovation of interior rooms (floors, walls, suspended ceilings, and mezzanine construction towards the unheated basement)
  • Replacement of external carpentry in the entire building
  • Replacement of external entrance portals in the entire building
  • Replacement of light domes
  • Insulation of interior walls towards unheated space
  • Ceiling insulation towards unheated space, etc.

The aim of this reconstruction is multiple:

  • Reduction of energy consumption in winter and summer
  • Completion of the part of the hospital that is not yet in functional condition
  • Setting indoor air parameters into narrow limits of optimal values
  • Providing greater accessibility of the building
  • Other functional changes

The gross unfolded building floor area under reconstruction is 35,512 square metres.

Our construction supervision on the improvement of energy efficiency includes all engineering disciplines envisaged by the architect: structural & fit-out, thermo-technical, and electrical works.

This project will be exceptionally demanding because it happens when the hospital is in the COVID system.