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RPC Talks with Mariana Garștea, General Manager, Sixense Romania

RPC Talks with Mariana Garștea, General Manager, Sixense Romania 2560 1999 ROMANIA PROPERTY CLUB

RPC Talks to Mariana Garștea

General Manager, Sixense Romania

Profile of the company

We’ve been on the Romanian market since 2010, when Sixense Group, a global leader in the field, opened a local branch, primarily motivated, at that time, by a series of complex projects, including the First Section – Line 5, and Line 4 of the Bucharest metro.

Briefly put, we operate in the field of structural health of the built environment, or in other words, we provide expertise and digital solutions for monitoring the behavior of constructions over time, during both construction and operation.

Our portfolio includes numerous projects from various industries. We work both in the private sector, where we have significant expertise in office, retail, and industrial categories, and in the public sector, where we handle complex infrastructure projects – transportation, sports, or healthcare, to name just a few.

Most representative projects in the portfolio

Some of our most representative projects, to name just a few examples, are: the First Section – Line 5 of the Bucharest Metro, the Daneș and Sighișoara Tunnels, Line 4 of the Bucharest Metro, the New Agigea Bridge, Arcul de Triumf National Rugby Stadium, Steaua Football Stadium, Târnava Bridge, Ulmeni Bridge, Neo Floreasca Lake, Aviației Tower, The Light, Millo 6, Tandem, Sema Park, Țiriac Tower, Ana Tower, Green Court C, and many others.

Solutions for real estate sector

For real estate, we offer comprehensive solutions for monitoring construction projects over time, both during execution and in operation. What does this mean? It means that through what we do, we ensure that a project is safe, behaves as originally designed, and meets all quality standards.

During execution, we ensure that neighboring constructions are not affected and that all work on the new construction proceeds safely. And in operation, we ensure that the building behaves within parameters, is not affected by risks (vibrations, extreme temperatures, wind etc., to name just a few), and does not degrade (with the appearance of cracks or settlements, as frequent phenomena) or become a structural hazard to the community, given the natural aging process it undergoes.

Sometimes, when justified, monitoring the behavior of constructions over time may even involve implementing an automated, real-time monitoring solution. This means that sensors are deployed in the field, transmitting data to a digital platform, which automatically transforms them into valuable, useful information, easily understandable for all stakeholders involved in the project. Additionally, this system also entails real-time alerts whenever there is a danger or safety thresholds are exceeded. All of these help us intervene proactively, before a major incident or accident occurs. This process also helps streamline the investment and better plan maintenance and upkeep operations for a building.

Development plans

We are currently in a growth phase, but we aim for this scaling to be as healthy and sustainable as possible, without compromising the quality of services we offer and the work we do. In 2023, our business grew by 50%, and we are pleased to have now a team of over 25 people, which has doubled in the past year. Also, our concern for quality and the rigor of what we do – especially because we work with sensitive and critical information for the current state of the built environment – has led us to certify on several ISO standards, aiming to align internally with the same work standards. And when I talk about these certifications, it’s important to say that for us, they are not just obtained „on paper”, but we actually follow all the procedures, protocols, and recommendations that come along with them.

And because we are aware that the people in our team are the most important in the work we do – with their ability to be partners, to explain and guide – we focus heavily and invest in training and development, in order to provide them with all the skills they need to carry out their work in the best and most customer-oriented manner possible. In our profession, in addition to exceptional mastery of new technologies and a deep understanding of technical information, soft skills and good interaction with others are also needed.

Many important things are coming up for us this year, both in terms of developing our office in Bucharest and the projects that await us. We will provide more information very soon about all of these.

RPC Talks with Daniel Popa, Country Manager, Reynaers Aluminium

RPC Talks with Daniel Popa, Country Manager, Reynaers Aluminium 2560 1834 ROMANIA PROPERTY CLUB

RPC Talks to Daniel Popa

Country Manager, Reynaers Aluminium

Reynaers on the Romanian market

“Present on the local market since 2006, in Romania we are in the top 3 suppliers of aluminum solutions. We have grown continuously, we have developed our local infrastructure, and we will continue to do so in the following years. Reference works include One Mircea Eliade, One Charles de Gaulle, One Herastrau Plaza, Aviatiei Park, Campus 6, Tiriac Tower, Record Park, Sema Park, Oregon Park, Brasov Business Park, Promenada Mall, Afi Business Park, Amber Forest, One Rahmaninov, Maurer Panoramic, The Light.”

What solutions does Reynaers propose for the local community of developers from Brasov?

We deliver high-tech products backed by complex research and development processes, testing and know-how that meet the highest standards and quality requirements, and we are committed to delivering unique and sustainable solutions that satisfy the most stringent requirements, both aesthetic and efficiency.

Brasov is an important business market for us, a city with high potential for new developments, and we plan to open a new Reynaers Experience Center here, which will give partners the opportunity to interact directly with our universe.

The new center will have a team of professionals ready to advise customers, to offer them the best design, functionality, and performance solutions. Our locations combine both the technical and design aspects of the Reynaers brand and have been designed to serve architectural firms, developers, investors, general contractors, manufacturers, and, last but not least, end users.

The portfolio of products and solutions that will be found here includes recently launched innovations, from the latest extensions of Reynaers systems for windows and doors, sliding doors and curtain walls, as well as the newest range of accessories, all in a diverse palette of colors in harmony with new architectural trends.

Main challenges and opportunities for the year ahead?

The demand for sustainable products is constantly increasing, which for us is not something new, but rather an advantage. All our products follow the principles of circular economy, designed to provide the best quality for as long as possible, from manufacturing to end of life.

Also, we are the only suppliers on the local market that offer 10-year product warranty certificates. Another advantage is the increase in digitalization, where we already offer products for smart homes, adapted to the latest technologies in the field.

RPC Talks with Liviu Zarnovean, Managing Partner, DART Architects

RPC Talks with Liviu Zarnovean, Managing Partner, DART Architects 816 811 ROMANIA PROPERTY CLUB

RPC Talks to Liviu Zarnovean

Managing Partner, DART Architects

Profile of the Company

“Dart Architects, rooted in the Brasov region, champions a pragmatic approach to architecture, emphasizing the harmonious integration of structures within their context and the innovative use of technology in project and process management. Our expertise lies in navigating the intricate web of interests between investors, regulatory frameworks, and the community, striving for solutions that mediate these often unspoken conflicts. As advocates for constructive collaboration, we aim to transcend client expectations by blending thoughtful design with effective management, moving towards incorporating sustainability into our broader strategic vision.”

Most Representative Projects in Our Portfolio

Over the past 27 years, Dart Architects has cultivated a rich portfolio that spans a wide spectrum of architectural endeavors, from intimate residential spaces to large-scale commercial and urban developments. Our specialization lies in not just designing but meticulously managing projects of significant scope and complexity, ensuring each embodies our commitment to architectural excellence and pragmatic innovation.

Among the hundreds of projects we have completed to date, the following stand out:

9Nine Office Building: 9Nine stands as a beacon in Brasov, blending cost-efficiency with architectural grace, crowned by a uniquely curved top-level restaurant offering unmatched city views.

– T39 Hall Conversion at Flavus – Coresi: Transforming an industrial relic into a bustling business hub, T39 hall marries historical integrity with modern functionality, creating an inviting office space surrounded by green, leisure, and social zones.

– Bergs Residential Complex: Combining energy efficiency with visual harmony, the Bergs Residential Complex features a six-slope roof design that integrates seamlessly into the local landscape, offering panoramic mountain views amidst a sustainable living environment.

– Sky Towers: Envisioned as a residential gateway to Brasov, Sky Towers sculpturally draws from the landscape, proposing living spaces that seem to emerge from the earth itself, set atop a communal base that breathes life into the city’s western entrance.

Opportunities for Brasov Real Estate Market

The real estate market in Brasov presents fertile ground for projects that embody Dart Architects’ ethos of pragmatic architecture and meaningful community integration. With our unique ability to mediate between diverse interests, we see potential for developments that not only enhance the urban fabric but also respect and rejuvenate their environmental context. Our focus on creating spaces that resonate with people and place positions us to lead Brasov towards a future where architecture fosters community, connectivity, and sustainable living.

2024 Trends with Tinu Sebesanu, CEO, Impact Developer & Contractor

2024 Trends with Tinu Sebesanu, CEO, Impact Developer & Contractor 2048 1365 ROMANIA PROPERTY CLUB

RPC Talks to Tinu Sebesanu

CEO, Impact Developer & Contractor

“In 2024, we anticipate an increase in demand for housing units, supported by the general need for new quality homes as the majority part of the actual stock is outdated nationwide.“

With over three decades of experience in the hospitality industry and real-estate, Tinu has occupied various high-level management positions. During this time, he successfully executed numerous impactful projects, leaving a significant imprint on the industry. As CEO of IMPACT Developer & Contractor, Tinu Sebesanu is determined to increase the company’s worth by placing a strong emphasis on sustainability principles throughout the development of all projects.

Top 3 trends you foresee in 2024 for the real estate market?

In 2024, we anticipate an increase in demand for housing units, supported by the general need for new quality homes as the majority part of the actual stock is outdated nationwide. The accessibility was declining the last 2 years due to the high costs of mortgage financing, but the anticipated decrease of interest rates and expected wages growth can bounce back the solvable demand.

While the construction costs had increased and several changes in tax incentives for the industry and other regulations had come in force, recently a surge in construction prices is observed. In Bucharest, to these factors influencing the future increase in new dwellings prices we need to add the envisaged downfall of supply for the next 5 years due to the lack of new zoning plans and consequently the issuance of new permits.

At the same time, the decrease in affordability will cause an increase in demand for the rental market, fueled also by the shift of preference of the new generations towards flexibility, debt aversion and accessibility, which brings new opportunities for investors seeking a fixed income and attractive yields.

2024 Trends with Cristian Simon, Managing Partner, Simon, Iuga & Partners, Cluj-Napoca

2024 Trends with Cristian Simon, Managing Partner, Simon, Iuga & Partners, Cluj-Napoca 1080 810 ROMANIA PROPERTY CLUB

RPC Talks to Cristian Simon

Managing Partner, Simon, Iuga & Partners, Cluj-Napoca

“Retail market will continue its development, being the single sector which can offer short term yields of over 12%“

Cristian Simon has over 19 years’ worth of experience in the real estate brokerage industry and is the founder and managing partner of Simon, Iuga & Partners Real Estate Advisors, a company from Cluj-Napoca, with a presence in Bucharest as well.

Top 3 trends you foresee in 2024 for the real estate market?

Retail market will continue its development, being the single sector which can offer short term yields of over 12%

Residential market will suffer a contraction in terms of new deliveries, generating an impact towards price sales. We will probably witness a decrease in prices for od homes towards Q3.

Industrial sector is expected to stagnate with no significant deliveries, but we will se an upward trend for rents. We will see some interesting relocations generated by PSI standard updates.

Office market is expected to have a similar evolution as in 2023, landlords are the ones who will have to come towards tenants with new incentives for contracts extension.

Main challenges and opportunities in 2024?

Troubled times will bring new challenges, which agents will have to face. We will create opportunities by using other players’ lack of attention from.

What are your company’s business targets in 2024?

We continue to focus on developing the skills of our team members, also looking for new colleagues to join.