The Veolia Environnement Centre-Est is an innovative and harmonious campus that houses a professional training center for environment, energy, transport, waste and water sectors. The project exemplifies the work Veolia Environnement does as well as their commitment to sustainability. Centered around a courtyard or an Agora, the campus includes a common room, a 150-seat auditorium and a training center consisting of workshops, classrooms and offices, a 55-room accommodation building for trainees and staff and a sports hall. Parking is located away from the main buildings and encircled with trees to hide it from view.
Oriented to the south, the campus is shielded from colder northern winds. The building is certified under French norms for Service Industry buildings (HQE, BBC level) and satisfies the criteria for energy consumption below 60 kWhEP/sq m year. Larch wood siding is accentuated with louvered sunshades and large windows fill the interior with daylight. The roofs feature green roofs and solar systems to further improve efficiency and sustainability. “For this Veolia Campus, our vision was naturally a meeting place; full of life. This was rendered possible through the use of the Agora, connecting the buildings and enhancing the convivial atmosphere,” explains Jérôme LE GALL, Architect and Associate Director at Arte Charpentier Architectes.
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