Merks receives three of the highest industry awards


Merks has won the highest three awards in the industry at the “Best Building of the Year in Latvia 2019” competition. This year, the award ceremony took place remotely on April 17.

The “Latvia” Concert Hall and the Ventspils Secondary Music School were awarded the 1st Place in the “New Public Structure” category. The project is unique for the variety of innovative solutions it uses to ensure low power consumption and minimal emissions of gases causing the greenhouse effect.

The multi-functional centre “Akropole” won the 1st Place in the “BIM Project” category and the 3rd Place in the “New Public Structure” category. “Akropole” is one of the largest construction projects developed in Latvia over the past few years. The shopping and entertainment mall totals to 98 000 square metres of indoor area, whereas the total area of the entire territory is about 16 hectares. This is the largest construction project ever completed by Merks, implemented in cooperation with UAB “Mintija”.  Construction of “Akropole” required simultaneous efforts of over a thousand workers and 45 engineers and work superintendents.

Another shopping mall, “Alfa”, won the 1st Place in the “Reconstruction” category. The project featured the construction of two new buildings – a multi-storey parking lot and a three-storey commercial building, as well as site improvements – 177 planted trees and reshaping of the parking lot adjacent to the Brīvības Street into a park. In total, the construction resulted in 20 000 square meter area for the new retail and entertainment facilities, as well as a recreation area and a children’s playground.

These industrial awards are yet another testimony to the high skills and competence of Merks in the construction of public buildings. Merks implements the designer’s concepts in a manner that ensures sustainability of buildings and developed urban territories and attraction of more people, investments and development opportunities in the future.

This year, the “Best Building of the Year in Latvia” competition was held for the 22nd time. A jury comprised of 50 experts evaluated over 90 projects that have been completed last year. The competition was hosted by the Latvian Builders Association, the Latvian Association of Civil Engineers and 16 professional builder organisations in cooperation with public administration authorities in charge of the industry, the State Construction Control Bureau of Latvia, the  Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, the Riga Technical University, the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies,  RISEBA FAD and the industrial magazine  “Būvinženieris”.