Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production Building

Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production Building Zaragoza, Spanish architecture images, San Mateo de Gállego design

Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production Building, Zaragoza

6 March 2024

Design: IDOM

Location: San Mateo de Gállego, Zaragoza, Spain

New R&D Headquarters and Production Building for Certest Biotec

Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production Building

New R&D Headquarters and Production Building for Certest Biotec, Zaragoza

Over the last few years, Certest’s production and R&D development needs have grown exponentially. To accommodate this growth, IDOM has designed its new extensions as a continuation of its current headquarters in San Mateo de Gállego, Zaragoza, Spain. The new buildings reflect Certest’s new growth strategies and represent a total of 15,620 m2 of new construction, which, when added to the existing buildings, form a total built-up area of 24,825 m2, making it one of the largest biotechnological complexes.

Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production Building

Firstly, a building was designed to house the production facilities. This is known as Phase 5. The main objective and challenge was to create a large, versatile and flexible vessel that would allow Certest’s new business units to be developed by creating new R&D and production laboratories. The building is structured around a central core of vertical communications, toilets, and a central courtyard. The courtyard is designed to naturally light and ventilate the floors.

Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production Building

To increase the flexibility of this Phase 5 building, a 2.5-metre-wide double skin has been designed around the perimeter of the building. This provides evacuation stairs and space for installation walkways. This double skin is formalized with Tramex walkways and an outer skin of green perforated folded metal sheets, which blend into the surrounding landscape of the Gállego river and minimize the visual impact of the large building.

Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production Building

A pioneering aspect of the design is the ability to assemble and disassemble the lightweight panel laboratories without affecting or modifying the main building, allowing the rapid creation of new production units or laboratories, as opposed to the usual time required to construct a new building. The building is designed so that the laboratory ducts are easily connected to the machines on the roof, either through the perimeter ring of the double facade in a concealed manner, or through the large central core that connects to the machine platform on the roof.

Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production Building

The built complex is completed with the construction of the phase 6 building, which is the corporate building and main façade at the image level of the built complex. It houses the general support services for Certest’s main activity, being the administrative uses, changing rooms and canteen the most representative ones.

New R&D Headquarters and Production Building for Certest Biotec

The building’s appearance is that of a large box with a metallic finish. To the south, the cantilever is flared to protect against the sun. In addition, this cantilever has been maximized on the west façade to create a covered plaza in the main access area on the ground floor. This large metal box rests on a recessed glass curtain wall. This defines and composes the ground floor.

New R&D Headquarters and Production Building for Certest Biotec

In the basement, Phase 6 and Phase 5 are volumetrically linked by the dining room, which is an open space naturally lit by two courtyards to the east and west. On the ground and first floors, Phase 5 and Phase 6 are connected by closed walkways embedded in the façade modulations of the buildings.

New R&D Headquarters and Production Building for Certest Biotec

The buildings have been designed to minimize energy consumption. Passive measures include the construction of double skin facades, courtyards that encourage natural ventilation and lighting, and eaves that are sized according to orientation and sunlight. Active measures include the installation of an open-loop geothermal system with active heat recovery, hot water production by means of a geothermal heat pump, a ventilation system with high efficiency heat recovery and a photovoltaic solar collection system. The installations also include chargers for electric vehicles.

New R&D Headquarters and Production Building for Certest Biotec

The buildings have been designed to minimize energy consumption, using the best available techniques to improve their energy efficiency. Passive measures have been used in the construction of the building to reduce energy demand, such as the construction of double-skin facades, courtyards to encourage natural ventilation and lighting, and eaves sized according to orientation and sunlight. Active measures include the installation of an open-loop geothermal system with active heat recovery, domestic hot water production by means of a geothermal heat pump, a ventilation system with high efficiency heat recovery, and a photovoltaic solar collection system with a total installed capacity of 310 kW and a total annual energy production capacity of 469,859 kWh. Also noteworthy are the electric vehicle charging installations, with a charging capacity of 247.2 kW, confirming Certest’s commitment to sustainability and innovation.

New R&D Headquarters and Production Building for Certest Biotec

Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production in Spain – Building Information

PROYECTO/ project: Nueva Sede de I+D y Edificio de Producción para Certest Biotec / New R&D Headquarters and Production Building for Certest Biotec
SITUACION (lugar) / Location: P.I. Río Gállego II, San Mateo de Gállego 50840 (Zaragoza)

CLIENTE / Client: CERTEST BIOTEC
Estudio / Office: IDOM
Director de Proyecto / Project architects: José Angel Ruiz Gonzalez, Federico Pardos Auber
Arquitecto (Arquitectos colaboradores) / Other architects: Alejandro López Pérez, Covadonga Celigueta Caso y Silvia Celorrio Soria

Gestión del Proyecto / Project Management: Jose Ángel Ruiz González
Costes / Costs : Luis Mingarro Montori
Estructuras / Structures: Cristina Salavera Palacios
Climatización / Environmental Engineering: Jorge Guillén Ferrer
Luz / Lighting: Fernando Catalán Herreros
Agua / Public Health Services: Jorge Guillén Ferrer
Electricidad / Electrical Engineering: Fernando Catalán Herreros
Telecomunicaciones / Telecommunications: Diana López Martínez
Fuego / Fire Strategy: Diego Abril Sáez
Acústica / Acoustics: Jorge Guillén Ferrer
Sostenibilidad / Sustainability: Jorge Guillén Ferrer
Técnicos / CAD: Sergio Cubero Belenguer

New R&D Headquarters and Production Building for Certest Biotec

Dirección de Obra / Site Supervision: José Angel Ruiz Gonzalez, Federico Pardos Auber
Dirección de Ejecución de Obra / Project Execution Management: Luis Mingarro Montori
Gestión de Obra / Construction Management: José Angel Ruiz Gonzalez, Luis Mingarro Montori~
Autor de fotografías / Photographer: Iñaki Bergera
CONSTRUCTOR / Builder: U.T.E. ACYC S.L.U. y EHISA S.A., INCLIZA S.L.,
Superficie aproximada / area (m2 y pies2; 1ft2 = 0,093 m2): 15.620 m2 167.957 ft2

FECHA DE PROYECTO, meses / Project / months:
Meses (número): 5
Año/s: F3= Feb2021/Jun2021

FECHA DE EJECUCION/OBRA, meses / Construction / months:
Meses (número): 24
Año/s: Oct2021/Oct2023

IDOM Group

Certest Biotec R&D Headquarters and Production Building images / information received 060324 from IDOM Group

Location: San Mateo de Gállego, Zaragoza, Spain, southwestern Europe

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