The development of safe work environments has been on Vastint’s agenda ever since its first office project in Romania. As companies explore new ways to bring their employees back to work safely, Vastint Romania managing director Antoniu Panait says the company’s offices can be adapted for a mix activity.
By Ovidiu Posirca
What are some of the facilities Vastint provides in its offices that can enhance health protection for employees working in these buildings?
From the first moments when the virus was detected in our country, our team started to establish clear procedures to maintain high sanitary safety inside our projects, implementing all required and available measures to make everyone feel safe in our common spaces, lobbies, and elevators. Sanitisation measures included more frequent cleaning and disinfection of all common areas, changing air filters or adding sanitiser dispensers. At the same time, social distancing measures meant limiting elevator access to no more than 4 people at a time, allowing a single person to go through revolving doors, applying sleeves on door handles and special foils on door contact areas which are manufactured in a way that does not allow the transfer of micro-particles on hands, installing transparent screens at reception desks to limit contact, establishing a new delivery collection point to a singular space, and many more actions that could ensure the safety of our tenants.
The Vastint standard applied at both Timpuri Noi Square and Business Garden Bucharest was designed to keep our tenants’ employees safe even before the pandemic started. These were the first projects to obtain the Safe Guard certification from Bureau Veritas, so tenants knew that their work environment was safe from the very beginning. Technical standards are the highest on the market, as confirmed by the LEED Platinum certifications. Details such as the 3-metre clear floor height, superior ventilation using HVAC systems with 100 percent fresh air supply, windows that can be opened to increase the air supply if needed, combined with the new safety measures taken in each building, all maintain a safe environment for the employees who have returned to the office.
Can Vastint’s offices accommodate a mix of working conditions that partially includes work from home?
In our vision, office development can accommodate both regular daily business activity which takes place under the same roof, whether in open spaces or in individual offices depending on the fit out of the space. Coordinated with each company’s procedures, the office can fit the complete number of employees inside the same space, and may also adapt to any other flexible scenario or routine.
What are your property development plans for Bucharest in the next period?
While 2019 was by far the best year for Vastint Romania, as we delivered 63,000 square meters which are fully operational and equipped with the latest technologies – Timpuri Noi Square is 95 percent leased and Business Garden Bucharest is at over 75 percent – we are focusing on existing projects and tenants and on leasing vacant premises, and we are always ready to develop new projects if there is demand.