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Alpiq InTec Milano carries out electrical installations at the Turin headquarters of Intesa Sanpaolo

In spring 2014, the new Turin headquarters of the Intesa Sanpaolo bank group will be opened. At a height of 166 metres, it is “only” the second-tallest building in the city – but certainly the most technologically advanced. Alpiq InTec Milano is responsible for the electrical and special technical installations. In addition to a well-thought-out building management system, energy efficiency takes on a decisive role.

Only 74 centimetres more, and the bank’s new headquarters would have been Turin’s tallest structure. Regarding its technology, however, it is the most innovative building of the Piedmontese metropolis. Not least thanks to Alpiq InTec Milano SpA and Tecnelit SpA, which were commissioned for the development and realisation of all the electrical and special technical installations.

166 metres, 38 storeys and over 2000 workstations

The 166-metre-tall skyscraper, comprising 38 storeys, is being constructed near Turin’s city centre. The premises will include modern offices for more than 2000 Intesa Sanpaolo employees.

In May 2010, Alpiq InTec Milano and Tecnelit were commissioned as subcontractors by Rizzani de Eccher S.p.A and Implenia S.A., which the bank commissioned as general contractors. Planning started the same year. Under the guidance of Alpiq’s subsidiary in the energy services field, more than 100 employees have been working on several subsequent project phases.

From power cable to building management system

The services offered by Alpiq InTec Milano include the installation of the wiring for the entire building: 300 kilometres of power cables and 350 kilometres of special-installation cables are being laid, 20,000 lights are being installed, and 100 kilometres of cable is being used to facilitate telephony and data transfer at the workstations. Furthermore, there are 11,000 measuring and 11,000 control points, including 150 card readers, a video surveillance network of 400 cameras, and 10,000 fire detectors. All these special installations are monitored and controlled via a building management system.

Every storey of the Intesa Sanpaolo Tower will feature information systems and audio-visual installations with state-of-the-art displays. The meeting and conference rooms as well as the auditorium, which can seat 360 people, will be equipped with translation systems and video projectors. Four generators will be available in case the public power supply is interrupted. In an emergency, the water supply can also be run independently.

Around 500 volumetric sensors are being installed so that the lights are switched on and off automatically, reducing power consumption. To increase energy efficiency, the eastern and western facades are double-walled, the south side features a photovoltaic system spanning approximately 1600 square metres, highly efficient groundwater heat pumps will be used, and rainwater will be saved to water the building’s green area.