Structural engineering specialist joins design team – experience from major projects

Atte Heiskanen (Master of Engineering) has joined the West Metro project as a project engineer. Heiskanen works in Soukka station’s design management and his tasks include, among other things, coordinating design solutions and various design fields, such as architectural and structural design, monitoring the design schedules and coordinating them with the project management contractor.

Heiskanen has previously worked as Project Manager at Sweco Rakennetekniikka Oy and been involved in the Redi shopping centre and the Helsinki Olympic Stadium projects, just to name a few examples.

“Major projects have many things in common, such as coordination challenges, and they always involve a lot of expertise and many parties,” Heiskanen says.

For Heiskanen, joining Länsimetro means taking a leap into an even larger project.

“I applied for the West Metro project because I wanted to paint with an even bigger brush, so to speak. I wanted to move to the next level and work on larger entities instead of detailed plans,” he says.

Heiskanen is also interested in the metro as a mobility solution of the future.

“In future, environmental concerns alone will dictate the need for various mobility options that can be combined. A bicycle, for example, is often a convenient way to reach the metro station,” he says.

Heiskanen has worked on the project since spring 2019, and he feels part of the team.

“My first impression was that the project involves a lot of expertise and experience and great colleagues,” he says.

Heiskanen also regularly visits worksites – structural design continues during construction, and the plans are refined with the contractor. In addition, design meetings are organised with designers, and various coordination and planning meetings are held with the other parties involved in the project.

“Worksite visits bring a nice variety to the workday,” Heiskanen says.

Work on water and sewer connections and district heating will start in the Kivenlahti metro station construction contract

Work on water and sewer connections and district heating will start in the West Metro Kivenlahti station construction contract during the week starting on 26 June. At the same time, utility lines and substructures for the future street will be built for the city of Espoo. For the city, we will construct fire water and household water pipelines and rainwater and wastewater sewer pipelines and their wells. In addition, we are working on a new district heating pipeline. The work will take place on Seitsenmerenreitti, in the immediate vicinity of the Kivenlahdentori entrance.

Due to the street construction and municipal engineering works, the worksite area will expand, and trees will have to be felled in the area. We apologise for any inconvenience that the work may cause.

The work will mainly take place weekdays between 7 a.m and 6 p.m. and will be completed by the end of October.

Further information:
On-call phone line, Skanska Infra Oy: +358 (0)50 402 3044
Länsimetro’s feedback line (Mon–Fri, 9 am to 3 pm): +358 (0)50 377 3700

Glass wall at Matinkylä’s bus terminal completed

Construction of a glass wall at Matinkylä metro station’s bus terminal level has been completed. The glass wall was built from March to May at the bus terminal, in the area between the K-Market and R-kioski, to enhance the enjoyment of the shopping centre’s patrons and business owners.

“The end result looks as it should, it suits the space well,” says Perttu Tavia, who supervised the work on behalf of Länsimetro.

The glass wall was designed by the architecture firm HKP Oy, which also designed the Urheilupuisto, Niittykumpu and Matinkylä metro stations, as well as the Matinkylän bus terminal.

The wall was built at a busy junction where the metro entrance and the passage to the bus terminal and the shops at the bus-terminal level meet.

“Co-operation between the shopping centre, the business owners and the customers was good. If any development proposals related to the construction arrangements came up, the contractor took them into consideration right away,” says Tavia.

The glass wall keeps the heat in, especially during winter, making the bus terminal level a more enjoyable place to be. The wall’s three sliding doors operate with motion sensors. People can walk both in and out through all of the sliding doors. Two regular swing doors were also built into the glass wall.

The work was carried out by Hermanns Oy, Are Oy and Rakennuspalvelu Heino.

Further information:

Länsimetro’s feedback line (Mon–Fri, 9 am to 3 pm): +358 (0)50 377 3700
Perttu Tavia, West Metro project, +358 (0)50 378 5164
Jyrki Karihtala, Hermanns Oy, +358 (0)400 554 988

More than 90% of technical construction work on Sammalvuori depot completed, technical building services work reaches halfway mark

Technical construction work at the Sammalvuori depot is nearing the finish line, with more than 90 per cent of the work completed already. Roughly half of the technical building services work at the depot is completed, which means that as of May 2019, the entire depot is just under 80 per cent completed.

Two underground halls are being constructed at the Sammalvuori depot – one for the night-time storage of 20 trains, the other for maintenance facilities.

“Right now, the most important work phases are the technical building work in their various forms – for instance, connecting the equipment and carrying out tests. The fire seal work on the interface of the technical building services and support structures are also an important and current work phase,” says Minna Alantie, the Sammalvuori depot’s project engineer.

Preparing in autumn for joint test runs in 2020

The remaining construction work involves, among other things, landscaping the surrounding areas of the depot, steel structural work in the halls, door fittings and finishing the slab track. Cable work and connections will be carried out until the end of 2019.

“The last concrete castings will take place in summer and autumn. In addition, technical construction work on the steel platforms and structural steel work on the maintenance levels are being prepared. In autumn, we will also prepare for technical system test runs and for joint test runs that are scheduled for next year,” says Alantie.

The design, excavation, construction and technical buildings services for the depot were executed by the Sammalvuori Consortium (Kalliorakennus-Yhtiöt Oy, EM Pekkinen Oy, Konevuori Oy and Aro-Systems Oy). The excavation and construction contract started in 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2020.

New rail line supervisor – “I can’t wait to get to the work site”

Juha-Matti Pakka (MSc. Eng.) has started as supervisor of the rail line’s superstructures contract on the West Metro project.

The superstructures contract includes the tracks, blocks and turnouts to be installed on the rail line, as well as the base ballast for the track. As the supervisor, Pakka’s tasks include overseeing quality aspects related to the contract and, among other things, that the budget and schedule targets are adhered to.

Pakka previously worked for NRC Group Finland in the area of risk management assessment. In addition to ISA work, Pakka participated in various expert tasks related to rail technology, one of which involved preparing a report for the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications on the use of satellite navigation to improve safety at level crossings.

“In recent years, my work has been more office-focussed; in my new job, I eagerly look forward to also working a lot in construction site settings,” says Pakka.

Pakka now has a week of work on the West Metro project behind him.

“The atmosphere and the way work is conducted here seem very good. This is a large and interesting project, and I look forward to meeting new people and learning more about the project itself. I believe I will learn and develop a lot professionally on this project,” says Pakka.

Summary of decisions by Länsimetro Oy’s Board of Directors on 13 June 2019

The Board of Directors convened on 13 June 2019. The Board of Directors received a status report and risk management report on the construction work for phase two, the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. The project is progressing on schedule and within budget.

The board meeting addressed the status report on the ownership of phase one, Ruoholahti–Matinkylä: the organisation, tasks, life-cycle economy, risk management and the servicing and maintenance situation. HKL not only operates the metro traffic but also reports to Länsimetro Oy on the use of the metro line and the stations and the related servicing and maintenance tasks as agreed.

The Board was presented a status report on the phase one construction projects that are under Länsimetro Oy’s responsibility: Tapiola’s south entrance (completed), Matinkylä’s west entrance, Matinkylä’s service tunnel and emergency shelter, Matinkylä’s bus terminal’s glass wall (completed), and the new entrance to the Urheilupuisto metro station.

The Board decided to put out for tender a EUR 50 million loan item in one or more loans to finance the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti project.

The next meeting will be held on 22 August 2019.

Further information:
Olli Isotalo, Chairman of the Board of Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)50 593 3359
Ville Saksi, CEO, Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)40 823 2086
Media contacts: Satu Linkola, Communications Director, tel. +358 (0)46 877 3392


Mari Mannila appointed Director of Administration to reinforce Länsimetro Oy’s organisation

Mari Mannila (Master of Laws, trained-at-bench) has started in the position of Director of Administration at Länsimetro Oy.

Mannila’s job description is a new one for Länsimetro. She reinforces Länsimetro’s organisation in terms of ownership and development. Länsimetro Oy’s task is to build, own, maintain and develop the metro system, tracks and stations from Ruoholahti westwards. As the metro system and infrastructure owner, Länsimetro Oy ensures that the West Metro’s metro system and its stations provide a safe commuting environment throughout their lifecycle. When the construction project is completed, Länsimetro Oy will be responsible for approximately 2.5 billion euros worth of infrastructure assets.

Mannila’s tasks relate to the company’s administration, Länsimetro Oy’s permit matters and procurements, as well as the development of the company’s internal processes, such as documentation management and internal operating guidelines. Her job description also includes participating in several co-operation groups, in the administration of Länsimetro Oy’s subsidiaries and in the preparation of board meetings.

Mannila has a background in law, and her law career spans more than ten years. She has also earned the Finnish qualification of ‘judicial training’. In her previous jobs she gained experience in, for instance, conflict resolution, contracts and corporate law, corporate M&As and real estate transactions, as well as construction permit and city planning matters.

“I believe that my background as a lawyer gives me a good foundation for this work. I am very organised and know how to manage the big picture. I am also familiar with the construction and real estate world through my previous work experience,” says Mannila.

While studying law at the University of Helsinki, she thought she would first gain experience working in a law office and then switch to corporate law or administrative tasks.

“There is a high number of lawyers in similar work serving as administrative managers and directors. This is a new environment for me, and I expect to learn more about the company’s operations. The West Metro is a topical and interesting project. This role did not exist as such before, so at least there is no chance of getting bored,” says Mannila.

Mannila has now been working at Länsimetro for a few weeks, and she is pleased with how she has been received by the company.

“It was easy to join Länsimetro; I was warmly welcomed by the work community. I never for a moment felt like an outsider, which is possible when you step into an entirely new situation. So far, things look very promising,” she sums up.

Summary of decisions by Länsimetro Oy’s Board of Directors on 16 May 2019

The Board of Directors convened on 16 May 2019. The Board of Directors received a status report and risk management report on the construction work for phase two, the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. The project is progressing on schedule and on budget. The phase two project organisation’s quality management principles and organisation were presented to the Board. The goal of quality management is to fulfil the functional and technical requirements and expectations set for the metro stations, rail line, systems and depot that are to be constructed.

A status report on servicing and maintenance during the first phase, Ruoholahti–Matinkylä, was discussed at the meeting. HKL not only operates the metro traffic but also reports to Länsimetro Oy on the use of the metro line and the stations and the related servicing and maintenance tasks as agreed.

The composition of the Board of Directors was decided at the Annual General Meeting on 6 May 2019.

The members of the Board of Directors are:
Olli Isotalo, Head of Technical and Environment Services, City of Espoo, Chairman
Kari Pudas, Urban Development Manager, City of Helsinki, Vice Chairman
Jyrki Kasvi, member of Espoo City Council (Green League)
Kimmo Oila, member of Espoo City Council (National Coalition Party)
Hannele Kerola, Espoo, (SDP)
Ari Konttas, Director of Finances, Corporate Group, City of Espoo

Board Secretary:
Timo Kuismin, Director, Legal Affairs, City of Espoo

The next Board meeting will be held on 13 June 2019.

Further information:
Olli Isotalo, Chairman of the Board of Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)50 593 3359
Ville Saksi, CEO, Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)40 823 2086
Media contact person: Satu Linkola, Communications Director, tel. +358 (0)46 877 3392


The Kaitaa worksite barrier bears the immortal words of Coco Chanel: “Don’t be like the rest of them, darling”

Länsimetro and Mattlidens Gymnasium jointly implemented an art project in which students painted portraits and quotes of famous people on the worksite barrier fences of the Kaitaa metro station.

In April and May, plywood panels in the yard of Mattlidens Gymnasium were adorned with pastels and opinioned quotes. On 3 June 2019, the panels were transported from the schoolyard to the West Metro’s Kaitaa work site, where they were put up to decorate the work site barrier fences near the Kaitaantie entrance. The barrier fence is located at Kaitaantie 6, and the artwork is next to the light-traffic route on the Kaitaa school side.

“The idea to join hands with Länsimetro was sparked when our sister school Vasa Övningsskola was coming to visit us from Vaasa and we wanted to create social artwork at a joint workshop. We were happy that Länsimetro agreed to the idea,” says art teacher Fredrika Auvinen, who headed the project.

The teacher defined the project’s visual identity and colours, but the students got to choose which famous person’s portrait and quote they would paint on the fence. The work was created using stencils – first the outlines were carved, then the painting took place outside.

“We also previously collaborated with Länsimetro, during the construction phase of the Matinkylä metro station and rail line. Länsimetro immediately responded to our enquiry and joined the collaboration with a flexible approach, which really helped take the project forward,” says Saana Ruotsala, the Principal of Mattlidens Gymnasium.

“It is important to go forward in life”

In April and May, Olivia Porko and Francesca Ström carved quotes in stencils during Auvinen’s art class. “It’s not the absence of fear. It’s overcoming it”, carved Porko, quoting Emma Watson.

“I like Emma Watson, and I felt it was important to choose a well-known female,” says Porko. Next to her, Ström traces Kate Winslet’s words, “Life is short and it is there to be lived.”

“I chose this quote because it’s true, I can really get behind it,” says Ström.

Many boys painted the images and quotes of their sports heroes on the barrier fence – Casimir Seire chose ice hockey player Timo Jutila’s quote, “Menemme eteenpäin (We are going forward”).

“It is important to go forward in life,” says Seire.

Filemon Halmesmäki has a strong sports background – that includes ski jumping. His own background led him to choose a quote by ski-jumper Matti Nykänen: “Elämä on ihmisen parasta aikaa” (“Life is the best time of your life”).

“I wanted to honour Matti’s memory. I have a positive image of him, and I wanted to pick a quote that is meaningful in both good and bad times,” says Halmesmäki.

The choices made by the young adults highlight a sense of authenticity and the importance of being true to oneself. For her artwork, Anastasia Shmakova chose a saying by Russian band Daite tank which is painted on the plywood panel in Cyrillic script.

“The saying more or less goes, ‘I like it better when you are quiet’. It’s true – if you are really close friends with someone, it’s natural for there also to be silence, you don’t need to talk all the time,” says Shmakova.

Giselle Ahola painted Coco Chanel’s quote, ”Don’t be like the rest of them, darling”.

“I think this is saying that it’s important to be yourself,” says Ahola.

Spot the West Metro bike! The bicycle will make its way around the metro stations in summer 2019

Come chat with the West Metro communications team as the Länsimetro/West Metro bike kicks off its tour in June! We will make our way through areas around the West Metro’s operational metro stations and those under construction until mid-August.

We welcome you to come chat with us and ask us any questions you have about the metro construction project. The meeting places will be announced in advance.

You can also keep track of the whereabouts of the West Metro bike on InstagramFacebook and Twitter with the hashtags #länsimetrofillari and #metropolkee.

You can enter our Instagram contest in the summer by taking a picture of the West Metro bike and posting it with the hashtag #länsimetrofillari. We will hold a draw for surprise awards among all entries at the end of summer.


In June you can find us:

At the Soukka open playground (Soukankaari 10) on Tuesday 11 June starting at 9.30 am

In front of the Soukka library (Soukantie 4) on Thursday 13 June starting at 2 pm

At Tapiolan urheilupuisto (Urheilupuistontie 2) on Monday 17 June starting at 4 pm

In front of Plantagen in Finnoo (Rusthollarinkatu 2) on Tuesday 18 June starting at 10 am

In the yard of the Iivisniemi shopping centre (Iivisniemenkatu 3) on Tuesday 25 June starting at 10 am

At the Iivisniemenpelto dog park (Hyljelahdentie 17b) on Thursday 27 June starting at 10 am

Our communications team will also cycle in the vicinity of the phase two metro line and worksite areas that are under construction. Also keep an eye out for us near the eight metro stations we own from Lauttasaari to Matinkylä.

We will be at the designated locations, weather permitting and based on the public’s interest, for roughly half an hour. We will announce other summer meeting times in social media and on our website.

See you around!