on the top floor of a regional shopping center in the Asturias region in northern Spain,
the cinema was designed to fit within an existing shell, not originally
intended to include a cinema. Similar projects were developed
in Alicante, Gijon, Madrid, Malaga, Tenerife, Vitoria and other markets throughout
The Los Prados
Cinema anchors the entertainment and leisure
activities in the commercial center.
Cinema on one (1) level
Multi level, steel
structure and concrete slab.
Barrel roof structure.
Pre-finished metal exterior.
Single-ply membrane roof
Scope of Work:
delivering all core and shell and common area construction, except stadium seating and
projection mezzanine structure, interior fit-out and tenant FF&E equipment.
An important part of Yelmo
Cineplex's (YCPX) overall development strategy in Spain, the Los Prados project offered an
attractive business opportunity in the market. This warranted a closer look at the
feasibility of the project which revealed several issues that challenged the technical
- Existing structural system's ability to
support the additional stadium framing loads
- Excessive building height and acoustical
integrity within the cinema space
- Construction difficulties due to a third floor
location within an enclosed building, and
- Develop a prototype design guideline, scope of work document and preliminary conceptual cost estimate.
In addition, the
goal was to develop a prototype design that would set the standard for new development
opportunities throughout Spain. To develop YCPX's prototype image, a collaboration
of the interior design architect and contractor, Produccion y Diseno, technical
architect AQ Arquitectos and with input from MJM Architects in Canada was assembled.
The result created a sophisticated image that captured YCPX's mission to provide a
world class entertainment experience.
To deal with the
structural issues, a combination of light structural steel framing and lightweight
concrete fill system was selected. The lightweight solution also addressed several
constructability issues one of which facilitated hoisting and erection of steel
members in a confined space.
The creation of a design
guideline document for a typical cinema, highlighted negative
characteristics of the space that influenced the
project estimate. The impact of unnecessary building height created among other
- Higher dividing partitions between auditoriums
- Construction of an acoustically isolated
drywall plenum above the suspended ceiling
- Increase in ductwork runs and HVAC equipment
To develop a
preliminary cost estimate, historical cost data was collected from previous
projects. The cost information was analyzed and organized into a database that could
be used to model future projects at a conceptual level. Factors affecting the cost
estimate, complexity, location and productivity were factored in to the cost model to
arrive at a more realistic estimate.
and contribution by the technical team, ensured proper capital investment
evaluation. Justification and success of proposed projects benefit from a commitment
to a structured project and construction management process that translates into a
competitive business advantage in the long run.