France: SPIE completes its work on the next-generation campus for emlyon, one of the most prestigious business schools in Europe

Published on 07 December 2023

Saint-Denis, 7 December 2023 – SPIE Building Solutions, a French subsidiary of SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, is helping emlyon, one of the most prestigious business schools in Europe, to relocate to Lyon city centre. SPIE Building Solutions provided real added value by proposing a unique macro-lot approach to this work, bringing together its expertise in climate and electrical engineering to help limit the ecological impact of this new building.

emlyon's relocation to Lyon's 7th arrondissement is a major project for the city that aims to provide students and staff with optimal study and work conditions in a new, modern and functional setting. Cogedim Grand Lyon is carrying out the work on this 30,000 m² project. In order to meet the project's needs, SPIE Building Solutions, a SPIE France subsidiary, which specialises in expertise dedicated to building intelligence and performance, proposed a global solution comprising a macro-lot approach that combined climate and electrical engineering in order to contribute to the sustainable aspects of the new campus.

A new, sustainable, secure and state-of-the-art campus for emlyon students

Along with the choice of location and construction of the building, the energy operation has been carefully designed to limit the ecological impact of the new campus. The campus has achieved four ambitious tertiary certifications for the quality of its design and future use. BREEAM and HQE certifications and compliance with the RT 2012(1) regulation guarantee not only exemplary energy performance, but also compliance with the most stringent environmental design requirements. In addition, with the OsmoZ label for well-being at work and the R2S label for building connectivity, emlyon is committed to providing an optimal working environment while ensuring that its facilities remain connected. SPIE Building Solutions' installation expertise was key to obtaining these certifications. The teams used high-quality materials, applied precise work completion rules to bring together occupant comfort and respect for the environment and installed consumption monitoring tools to ensure increasingly efficient real-time management of technical installations. This collaboration illustrates our shared commitment to sustainability and well-being and has enabled the new emlyon campus to become a model of environmental excellence and comfort.

A global approach for increased performance

SPIE Building Solutions (principal) formed a group with Clévia for the climate engineering work involved in this project. In terms of electrical engineering, SPIE Building Solutions was responsible for the low-voltage installations while EGA took care of the high-voltage installations and Calasys performed the building intelligence work.

By grouping together wide-ranging expertise in one macro-lot, SPIE Building Solutions was able to make full use of its project management skills, thereby providing real added value. This approach enabled improved coordination between stakeholders, more efficient management, seamless communication and optimal integration of the various work components.

"We are thrilled to have worked with the SPIE Building Solutions teams on this strategic operation. Their macro-lot approach gave us a single point of entry with an overall view of how work was progressing. We also appreciated the teams' responsiveness and their ability to keep to a tight schedule," explained Nicolas Lantier, Production Manager at Cogedim Grand Lyon.

In terms of climate engineering work, SPIE Building Solutions installed state-of-the-art air conditioning and ventilation systems that ensure that rooms are the perfect temperature while complying with the most stringent environmental standards. The teams also installed sub-stations for hot and chilled water distribution, 13 air treatment stations to provide the building with clean air, and terminal units for the heat treatment of rooms housing equipment. They were also responsible for installing smoke extraction systems and ensuring that all climate engineering installations had an electricity supply.

In terms of electrical engineering work, SPIE Building Solutions installed all the low-voltage systems. More specifically, the teams were responsible for the VDI (Voice Data Images) work that enables internal building communication. SPIE Building Solutions also managed the installation of the fire safety system and the associated security PA system as well as the fire safety management system. Finally, SPIE Building Solutions installed security equipment, including access control, access gates, video surveillance and anti-intrusion measures, all of which are connected via a hypervisor, and protect access to the building and ensure site safety.

Work began in April 2022 and was completed in late October 2023. The teaching teams and students will move to the new campus in September 2024, at the start of the new academic year.

SPIE ICS, a French digital services company and subsidiary of SPIE France, has won the contract to manage the integration and maintenance of the LAN infrastructure, Wi-Fi and firewalls. This will take place during the second phase of work on the new campus.

"We are proud to have worked with Cogedim and emlyon to carry out this essential climate and electrical engineering work for the next-generation campus in Lyon city centre," remarks Nicolas Gonon, Business Manager at SPIE Building Solutions. "Our expertise and our commitment to sustainable innovation has enabled us to provide emlyon with state-of-the-art technical solutions that meet the school's new needs. We are convinced that this work will have a significant impact on the comfort and well-being of emlyon students and staff."

(1) RT 2012 is a thermal regulation that applies to new buildings in France.