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A Strategic Heritage Plan for the Palais des Nations

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On 27 December 2013, UN Member States decided to allocate the funds for the planning phase of the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). Construction works that started in 2017 are expected to be completed in 2024. (See press release)

The film featured below presents an overview of the SHP project which aims to renovate the facilities at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and to build a new permanent building on the premises. Building code compliance and greater accessibility for persons with disabilities are among the key objectives of the project.

Find out more films on the Strategic Heritage Plan project.




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Eight Edition - Summer 2019
-> 90 years of the Palais des Nations & Launch of series on the women working on the SHP project

Seventh Edition - Spring 2019
-> Construction news & SHP committed to sustainability

Sixth Edition - Winter 2018-2019
-> Catering in the context of the SHP

Fifth Edition - Autumn 2018
-> Launch of the SHP on the UN Secretariat intranet & SHP construction and renovation timeline

Fourth Edition - Summer 2018
-> Construction news & Records and the SHP

Third Edition - Winter 2017-2018
-> Construction and renovation news & Art at the Palais des Nations

Second Edition - Autumn 2017
-> Construction and renovation news & SHP supporting an efficient and effective UN in Geneva

First Edition - Spring 2017
-> Welcome to the first edition of "Info Point" & Construction and renovation news

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Objectives
  • Building code compliance
  • Accessibility for persons with disabilities
  • Reduced energy costs
  • Upgrade IT, broadcast and congress systems
  • Flexible, functional, optimize interior and conference spaces
  • Heritage preservation
  • Deliver within budget and on schedule
  • Business and operational continuity



Benefits
  • Safer buildings for occupants, rectification of fire safety violations, adequate fire escape and egress routes, and total asbestos removal
  • Accessibility and technologies for persons with disabilities
  • Greater energy efficiencies and reduced long-term maintenance cost
  • More efficient conference facilities
  • 25 % office space efficiency gains
  • Additional workplaces will allow the termination of expensive commercial leases
  • Overall cost avoidance for the leases of the premises outside of the Palais des Nations
  • Preservation of the historic site



Challenges
  • Maintain schedule and budget
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Multi-year account
  • Financing
  • Contracting arrangements
  • Change orders
  • Operational continuity during construction
  • Managing change



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