Profile

ΒΕΤΑPLAN is an architectural practice established by its principals Ioannis Ventourakis and Takis Tavaniotis in 1987, as a continuation of their original collaboration initiated in 1972.

The firm is registered as a consulting firm with the Greek Ministry of the Environment and Public Works, the World Bank Group and the Commission of the European Community.
BETAPLAN is also a member of the following Greek and International organisations:
European Committee of Consulting Firms (CEBI), International Hospital Federation (IHF), Technical Chamber of Greece, Hellenic Association of Consulting Firms (HELLASCO).

BETAPLAN has undertaken the planning, design and construction supervision of a wide range of development projects, both in Greece and abroad. Furthermore, BETAPLAN has considerable experience in the collaboration with international architectural consultancies for the design of major projects in Greece. (Collaboration with the Santiago Calatrava office for the Olympic Sport (2004) Complex of Athens and currently with the Renzo Piano Workshop for the design of the National Opera and National Library of Greece). The main sectors of activity and areas of expertise of BETAPLAN comprise the following:

• Healthcare
• Education
• Heritage
• Culture and Arts
• Sports
• Office and Government Buildings
• Commercial and Industrial
• Residential
• Environment and Planning
• Transport
• Hospitality
• Consultancy Services in a wide range of areas of   expertise

Approach

Design Principles
In BETAPLAN we believe that the architectural design should be honest and comprehensible to its users, useful and unobtrusive, environmentally friendly and long-lasting. Moreover, it should respect and reflect the uniqueness of its surroundings, be innovative and at the same time aesthetically pleasing. Last but not least it should be expressed in a simple but thorough, down to the last detail, way.

Relationship with the client
Since the beginning the firm has had the chance to work for a diverse group of clients in both the Public and Private sector, ranging from Local Authorities to State Ministries and from small private investors to large institutions. Through the cumulative experience all these years, BETAPLAN can claim the ability to adapt easily and successfully to different situations and client requests which occur through the different phases of design and construction process. In BETAPLAN we highly value the relationship between the architect and the client and we believe that a major goal is the satisfaction of the client’s needs and ambitions. In order to achieve this goal we pursue from the very beginning to establish an active and honest relationship with our clients and we believe that only through close cooperation between the design team, our consultants and the client successful buildings are designed.

Quality Assurance
One of the most important aspects of BETAPLAN’s quality policy is the Organizational Structure and Quality Management System which is in accordance with the international organization standard ISO 9001:2008. Through its effective application BETAPLAN is able to maintain and guarantee the continuity of the high quality service, which the firm provides for the benefit of the clients and projects. In-house basic and follow-up training in technical issues and various software tools (BIM, CAD, Team work communication managers and others) are provided to the relevant company staff. In this way, we are able to maintain and guarantee the continuity of the high quality service, which our firm provides.

Sustainability
Over the years BETAPLAN has become familiar with domestic or international Green Building Certification Systems, such as LEED, MINERGIE, BREEAM, QSAS or KENAK. More specifically, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in which BETAPLAN is the executive architect, implements the LEED certification system and is the first project in Greece aiming for Platinum LEED certification rating.

Services

Architecture
BETAPLAN, during the last decades, has undertaken the architectural design from inception to completion, the design coordination, as well as the construction supervision of a wide range of projects of different size and nature, such as: Healthcare, Education, Heritage, Culture, Sports, Office and Government Buildings (Public Sector Buildings), Commercial and Industrial, Transport, Residential, Hospitality, as well as Environment and Urban Planning.

Since the beginning, our aspiration for the buildings we design, whether these are new Constructions, Conversions/Renovations of existing buildings, is to identify the unique challenges each project poses, in relation to their program and their surroundings.

Permitting
One of the key services provided by BETAPLAN is also the correct interpretation and application of the local building codes, standards and European regulations throughout the design as well as the compliance of the design with the specific zoning ordinances and the preparation of the relevant documents.

Through BETAPLAN’s involvement in several of the major projects in Greece, like the Main Olympic Complex Venue of Santiago Calatrava, the New Acropolis Museum of Bernard Tschumi or currently the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, BETAPLAN, acting as the architect of records, has gained significant experience and is very familiar with the different permitting procedures depending on the type of the project. Specifically for the New Acropolis Museum and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, BETAPLAN has been very actively involved in the preparation and follow-up of the ratification of the special Laws for these two projects.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)
In BETAPLAN we realize that in an increasingly globalized market, our tools must correspond to the requirements of international collaboration. Follow-up of the technological developments regarding software possibilities, drawing systems or product information is a strategic decision of BETAPLAN and by attending workshops, lectures and classes the personnel is able to respond fast to new and useful technologies. Building Information Modeling (BIM) software), and more particularly REVIT, is fully incorporated in the firm’s workflow providing an advanced way of controlling the quality of the designed buildings throughout the design and construction process.

Tender Documentation
BETAPLAN has also a very good experience in the preparation of tender documents and the follow up of the tendering procedure of big projects. Through recent international projects BETAPLAN has also very well familiarized with CSI Master Format 2010 for the compilation of the Technical Specifications. 

Selected Clients

AKTOR S.A.
Athens Badminton Cultural Development S.A.
Attiko Metro S.A.
Benrubi S.A.
County of Corfu Development Corporation
E.I. Papadopoulos S.A.
Euromedica – Recovery S.A.
Friends of Children with Cancer Society
GEK-TERNA S.A.
Hellenic Aviation Authority
J/V AEGEK S.A. – IMPREGILO S.p.A. – SELI S.p.A
Ministry of Culture - General Secretariat for Sports
Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Ministry of the Environment, Planning and Public Works
Ministry of Health
Municipality of Heraklion
Organisation of the Cultural Capital of Europe
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Tourist Developments of Messinia (TEMES S.A.)

People
Partners
Ioannis Ventourakis — Partner
Panagiotis Tavaniotis — Partner
Associates
Thomas Amargianos — Principal Architect
Eleni Koghilaki — Principal Architect
Eleni Tzanou — Principal Architect
Margarita Ventouraki — Senior Project Architect
Annita Matrakidou — Senior Project Architect
Petros Tavaniotis — Senior Project Architect
Antonella Solomonidi — Senior Project Architect
Elias Arkoulis — Senior Architect
Vicky Lamprou — Senior Architect
Konstantina Andreadou — Senior Architect
Ourania Karagianni — Senior Architect
Maria Vitta — Mechanical Engineer / Quality Assurance Manager
Andreas Ventourakis — Project Architect
Marousso Chanioti — Project Architect
Natalia Giaouri — Project Architect
Christina Kelaidi — Architect
Mavrikis Giorgos — Architect
Katerina Tzachrista — Architect
Zoi Frantzi — Architect
George Stamatakis — Architect
Nikos Livathinos — Architect
Georgia Bountouraki — Architect
Stavroula Cherouvim — Architect
Ioli Belezini — Architect
Staff

Draft Persons
Aleka Gyzi
Maria Tsekoura

Graphic Arts
Georgios Zoppas
Artemis Tsoukala

IT Manager
Marios Kafetzis

Photographer
Nikolas Ventourakis

Administration
Iro Porgioti
Fani Lilou
Maria Sella

Accounting
Katerina Sochoriti
Eleni Polichronaki
Dimitra Adamopoulou

Secretarial Department
Angeliki Papadopoulou
Anna Pitsinou

Foreign Collaborators

Arup (NY, USA- UK- Germany – Netherlands)
Cooper Robertson and Partners (NY, USA)
Deborah Nevins and Associates (NY, USA)
Expedition (UK)
Front (NY, USA)
Renzo Piano Building Workshop (France)
Santiago Calatrava (Switzerland)
Theatre Projects Consultants (USA-UK)

Contact
BETAPLAN 
ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS
Ventourakis - Tavaniotis & Associates S.A.

1 Aristodimou Str.
106 76 Athens, Greece
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T: +30 210 7250196
F: +30 210 7239568
betaplan@betaplan.gr
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Client: “Athens Badminton Cultural Development” S.A.

Full Architectural Design for the re-use of the Badminton Olympic Stadium as a Cultural Multi-purpose Centre with indoor and outdoor Theatres and landscaped area. The project also comprised the planning application documentation and the supervision of the Architectural Design implementation.
Total capacity: 2.500 seats.

 
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The Badminton Theatre — Athens, 2006

Client : Tourist Developments of Messenia TEMES S.A.

Tender Design and Tender Documents for the development of a 840-bed Tourist Resort at the Bay of Sfacteria on a 13-hectare site. The development includes Central Building, Villas, 3 Restaurants, Spa-Thalassotherapy, Conference Centre, Crèche and Landscaped areas

Tender Design and Tender Documents for the development of a 300-bed Resort at the Bay of Sfacteria on a 15,4-hectare site. The Resort will comprise: Central Reception Building with Restaurants and Spa Centre-Thalassotherapy, shops-ancillary accommodation (kitchens, M/E etc.), Residential Pavillions with individual pool and Spa pavilions with thalassotherapy equipment, V.I.P. Villa of 1.100m², Beach Restaurant, Conference Centre, Landscaped Areas.

Tender Design and Tender Documents for Tourist Development on a 115 hectare site at Bay of Sfacteria. The development includes: 18-hole Golf Course on a 66 heactare site, Planning of 4 locations of a total area of 50 hectares for future development of housing for sale, Golf Club sites restaurant, bar, shopping, changing rooms and sitting areas, Golf Academy for instruction of beginners, Support Building with storage, golf equipment, maintenance workshops

 
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Tourist Resorts and Golf Development — Messinia, 2007

Full architectural design and construction supervision for installation of the shipping company' s offices in an existing building on Kifisias Avenue in Marousi.

Total floor area: 440 m2.

 
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"Golden Flame Shipping" Offices — Athens, 2008

Client : Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Estimated Construction Cost:: € 300,000.000 (excl. VAT)

Collaborators to Cooper Robertson and Partners during the programming and master planning phase of the Project, for the compilation of a full set of existing site documentation and technical requirements for the design of the Project, in collaboration with experts, (anti-seismic requirements, archaeological status, climatic conditions survey, environmental assessment and requirements, geological/geotechnical investigations, hydraulic survey, noise conditions survey, topographical survey and traffic study).

The project comprises of the following :
• The new Greek National Opera (GNO) (38.000m2) including the 1400 seats Main Auditorium, a Lecture Theatre   and a School of Dance
• The National Library of Greece (NLG) (32.000m2)
• The “Stavros Niarchos” Park covering an area of approx. 190.000m2
• Car Parking Facilities for the above.
The site is approximately 240.000m2.

 
Masterplan for Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre — Athens, 2006-2008

Client: County of Corfu Development Corporation

Frist Prize in the Architectural competition for the development of the new Lyric Theatre in the town of Corfu. Full Architectural Study for the new theatre building. The building has a total floor area of 13,335 m2. and comprises the main theatre spaces plus shops, restaurant-bars, administrative offices and accommodation for the theatre staff.

 
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Lyric Theatre — Corfu, 2004

Client: Ministry of Culture - General Secretariat for Sports
Cost estimate: € 26,5 m. 

The building will be the Weight Lifting Olympic Centre for the 28th Olympic Games 2004 in Athens. The complete design of the project comprised the following:
- Athletic and Gymnastic Building with a 5,000-seat capacity including administration offices, full Training Centre.
- Press Centre and Medical Centre (total built area 24.000 m2).
- Boarding House for the athletes of 3,500 sq. m. with: rooms, restaurant, sitting and recreation areas.
- Landscaped areas and parking grounds (total surface 44.200 m2).

 
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Olympic Games Weight Lifting Centre — Athens, 2004

Client: ISAP SA (Athens and Piraeus Urban Railways)

Final and detailed architectural design and tender documents for the construction of the New Maintenance Depot of ISAP in Piraeus. The building complex consists of 5 independent building entities with a total floor area of 19.300,00 m2 with installations for support, maintenance, repair of rolling material and other systems of ISAP network.

In collaboration with ADK SA and ARCHITECTONIKI Ltd

 
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New Maintenance Depot of ISAP — Piraeus, 2007

Client: Ministry of Transport & Communications,
Civil Aviation Authority
Cost estimate: € 21,816,100

Full architectural design for the extension of the Terminal building and the Airport’s auxiliary installations (depot, substations, etc.), as well as landscaping design for the Airport grounds.

 
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Passenger Terminal for Hippocrates Airport — Kos, 2004

Client: Regional Authority of Thessaly

Full design for the Exhibition Centre of the Region of Thessaly on a 65,000 m2 site in the city of Larisa. The 7,000 m2. building comprises a main exhibition hall of 4,000 m2, administrative offices, a business centre, reception areas and a multi-purpose hall. The surrounding grounds will be landscaped for outdoor exhibitions, parking accommodation, soft landscaping and recreation areas.

 
Exhibition Centre of Thessaly — Larisa, 2004

Employer : ATTIKO METRO
Construction J/V : SALINI IMPREGILO-AEGEK S.A.
Cost Estimation : 2 billion €
Status of Project : Under Construction

Project Description :
• 13 Underground Stations (3 or 4 levels) and Depot
• Fully automatic driverless operation
• 9,6km underground line with two tracks
• Middle distance between Stations : 700m
• Two ventilation shafts for each station
• Length of platform : 60m
• Platform fully separated from track with PSD doors
• Depot with stabling, maintenance and repair workshop facilities
• Main Operational Control Center (OCC)

Services provided : Final Architectural Design and Detail Architectural Design for the Construction and Operation of the METRO LINE.

 
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Thessaloniki Metro — Thessaloniki, 2006-2016

Client: Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia
Cost Estimate: € 7m

The Ecclesiastical Museum is intended for the exhibition & preservation of precious religious & historic relics belonging to the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia. The Museum has a built area of 4,027 m2 with accommodation for reception & circulation areas, exhibition halls, an amphitheatre for 200 people, storage areas, laboratories, & offices, as well as 1,980 m2 of landscaped surrounding grounds.

Participation in the Preliminary Design Study was 50% by BETAPLAN & 50% by ADK Consulting Engineers.

 
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Ecclesiastical Museum — Axum, 2003

Client: Ministry of Culture - General Secretariat for Sports
Cost Estimate: € 31.930.000

Participation in a Competition under a turn-key procedure with contractors "AKTOR". The architectural design retained the basic principles established by the Ministry's preliminary study & was executed in collaboration with the British Consultants "ARUP ASSOCIATES" who designed the metal canopy of the Central Field. The design concerned the upgrading & refurbishment of the Olympic Tennis Centre at the Athens Olympic Athletics Complex within the framework of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games & included the development of a new Stadium with a 10.000-seating capacity, refurbishment of the existing fields & rearrangement of access facilities to the other parts of the Athletics Complex.

 
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Olympic Tennis Centre — Athens, 2001

Client: Eurobank Investment Bank

Architectural construction design for the renovation of a 6,000 m2. office building built in the 1960s. The project involved the total demolition of all the interiors and the facade, the reinforcement of the concrete structure and the new layout of all interior spaces.
(Architectural, outline and final design by S.Asser, N.Efraimoglou, M.Beraha).

The building includes the following:
- Public facilities
- Broker offices
- Meeting rooms
- Conference Hall
- Underground Parking Area

 
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EFG Eurobank Securities Offices — Athens, 2002

Client: Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways (ISAP)
Cost estimate: € 1,8 m.

Full architectural design for the renovation and rehabilitation of the terminal station of the Athens to Piraeus Electric Railways. The area to be renovated amounts to a total of 5,200 m2.

The design comprises the erection of canopies for the passenger platforms, a new building to accommodate the M&E installations and the functional requirements of the station, renovation of the existing ticket hall, the Station Control building and the pedestrian underground passage, as well as boundary treatment and access and control points for the station.

 
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Kifissia Railway Station — Athens, 2003

Client: City Council of Tripoli
Estimated cost: € 3.5 m
In operation

The project concerns the 200-seat Municipal Theatre of Tripolis in the Peloponnese, erected during 1906-10 and declared a Scheduled Monument. The project objectives are: (a) to restore the Scheduled Monument to its original form, (b) to enable the operation of the Theatre in accordance with up to date functional and safety requirements, and (c) to use the renovated Theatre as a lever for the enhancement and regeneration of the surrounding urban area.

 
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Malliaropoulio Theatre — Tripoli, 2003

Client: Hellenic Air Force General Staff, Construction Directorate

Fully Architectural Study for the construction of the underground Air Force Headquarters. The building is structured into six (6) tunnels. It comprises accommodation for Offices, Personnel Quarters, Technical Installations, Operational – Command, and E&M Plant.

 
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Provide CARS Bunker — Larissa, 1998

Client: ERGA O.S.E. S.A.
Cost estimate: € 4,34m.

Final architectural design for the platforms and passenger circulation areas for the passenger station at the junction of the Athens to Piraeus Electric Railways with the Athens Suburban Railway and the new Attiki Road. The design comprised canopies for the passenger platforms, control centre, ticket counters, ancillary accommodation for passengers and staff, as well as M&E plant.

 
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Neratziotisa Railway Station — Athens, 2001

Client: Organisation of the Cultural Capital of Europe (Thessalonica 1997)
Cost estimate: € 27m (1997)

Architectural final and construction design (1995-1998) after winning a Design-Build Competition. Construction works were completed in 1998.

The project included:
1. Restoration of the Monastery listed building and study for the conversion of the building into a State Museum of Modern Art.
2. Design for new wings comprising:
- Indoor Theatre (700 seats)
- Drama School of the Northern Greek State Theatre
- Small theatre for the Drama School which is going to operate as theatrical workshop
- Urban design for the surrounding grounds and the internal square of the building complex where outdoor
shows and concerts will be held (capacity for 1,000 people).
- Offices for the personnel of the complex, the Local Authorities and the State Orchestra of Thessalonica
- Accommodation for artists (dressing rooms, wardrobes)
- Underground parking (123 spaces)
- Outdoor cinema, restaurants, cafeterias, bar and shops


 
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The Monastery of Lazaristes: Museum - Theatre — Thessaloniki, 1997

Client: Joint Venture Attiki Road

Final and Construction design as well as supervision for the Control and Maintenance Centre Building servicing a section of the newly constructed Attiki Road by passing Athens.

The Centre includes the following:
- Administration Building
- Maintenance Building
- Police Station
- E/M Installations Buildings
- Parking Areas

 
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Attiki Road: Control & Maintenance Centre — Athens, 1999-2003

Client: "Thessalonica Concert Hall Organisation"
Cost Estimate: € 32.000.000

Competition entry in the turn key tender procedure in collaboration with contractors "Elliniki Technodomiki". The architectural study was based on the tender design elaborated by "Ellinotechniki S.A." and concerned the construction of two buildings comprising the "Concert Hall of Thessalonica". Building A included the Concert / Congress Hall and its auxiliary spaces and Building B would host the Music Library and the Museum of Music. The study also comprised the urban design for the surrounding grounds.

 
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Concert Hall — Thessaloniki, 1996
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Attiki coastal zone: Landscape and enhancement design — Athens, 2009
Athens School of Ballet — Athens, 2008
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Public grounds at Oulof Palme Street: Landscape design — Athens, 2007
Twin Motorists’ Service Station — Eleftherohori, 2007
Private Artificial Insemination Center — Athens, 2006
New Cemetery of Arta — 2006
Ioannina University Hospital: Master plan study — Ioannina, 2005
Railway Stations of Lianokladi, Domokos, Aghios Stefanos — 2004
Pireaus Municipal Theatre: Renovation and refurbishment — Pireaus, 2004
Ecclesiastical Museum of Axum: Preliminary Design — Axum, 2003
"Skylitsio” General Hospital: New building, modernization of existing infrastructure and equipment — Chios, 2003
Police Training Center: Indoor gymnasium and shooting range — Komotini, 2003
Extensions of Attiko Metro — Athens, 2003
Olympic Games Complex (Badminton Indoor Gymnastics Hall) — Athens, 2003
General Military Hospital 404 — Larisa, 2003