Leviatan Design, a construction design company, reported a turnover of 35.7 million lei last year, up from 12.5 million lei in the previous FY. Investments also soared by 65%, and the company designed over 94,000 sqm of new spaces. Expectations for the current year are optimistic: the turnover is expected to get 10% higher at the end of 2022 compared to the previous year.
Apart from the complex military and airport infrastructure projects that are already underway, the aim of Leviatan Design is also to tackle projects in the area of medical infrastructure and data centres, as these are some of the most interesting and necessary investments to be developed in Romania, in addition to road infrastructure and utility projects,” Gabriel Marcu, Chief Technical Officer at Leviatan Design, told Forbes.
We closed 2021 with very good results: we had a better turnover; doubled the number of in-house specialists; invested more in our business; and finished seven complex projects. Four new deals covering large-scale projects were also closed, including the Command Centre of the South-East Multinational Army Corps in Sibiu and the airport infrastructure in Câmpia Turzii.
“These two projects are highly complex and extremely important in Romania’s geopolitical context, since this country is a security provider inside NATO, but also as a credible international partner, so we treated them with the utmost responsibility and professionalism,” says Gabriel Marcu.
Earlier this year, the company successfully delivered the design & build project of the new administrative pavilion of Barracks 940 (85th “General Doroftei Ghermănescu” Centre for Aero & IT Communications in Bucharest), and now it is preparing for the formal acceptance procedure of other projects: a heating plant was built for the National Defence University “Carol I” in Bucharest, and their utility infrastructure was upgraded; and an administrative building, with a gross area of 3,054 sqm, located within the premises of „Cantacuzino” Institute in Bucharest, was upgraded too.
Mr. Gabriel Marcu explained that the local post-pandemic landscape is a true enabler of digital transformation and automation of work processes, which design and architecture offices and the construction industry as a whole could really make the most of. The pandemic made it clear to anyone that it is necessary to use technology in all construction operations, and companies in this industry have had the opportunity to overhaul their work processes and align themselves to Western standards.
“But any if the above can be considered to be the bright colours of the post-pandemic picture, there also a number of darker tones makes the landscape bleak: the soaring prices charged in the construction business and the utilities sector, which have affected the way in which economic indicators are scheduled and forecast, in both the design and the execution phases, thus creating an imbalance between the offered options and actually implemented products and services,” Marcu explained.
In response to the realities of the pandemic, the company has accelerated its digitisation and automation processes and accelerated the development of its internal research and development (R&D) projects, with support from a local team of programmers.
Gabriel Marcu pointed out that the digital transformation, the implementation of new technologies and the upskilling of the team are all aimed at supporting the overall development strategy of the company, and that is why these areas are supported by permanent investments. Considering the investment made in the first half of 2022, Marcu estimates that the total plough-back in 2022 will cover up to 10% of the company’s turnover.
2022 has seen Investments made in the AEC software solutions offered by Autodesk, in the implementation of the BIM standard in the design process and execution, in the automation of company workflows, in advanced mixed reality and 3D scanning technologies, in state-of-the-art equipment, and last but not least, in upskilling the team.
“We have also invested in education and CSR. We have interacted actively with student communities providing them with accurate information about the civil engineering job market, and answering their questions about what the engineering profession is all about,” Leviatan Design representative told Forbes.
The company plans to invest more in technology, R&D, digitisation, education, and upskilling, and to used its sustainability and CSR strategy to better cover three main areas: caring for the people; environmental protection; and involvement in education. “We believe that, beyond drawings and calculations, engineers are doers of good and builders of sustainability and trust, and their minds should be put to work on and polish the raw matter”, concludes Gabriel Marcu.