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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 9001:2015. 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.

Our Policy for Quality
The primary objective of BETAPLAN S.A.’s Quality Management System is the creation of a base for the continuous improvement in the efficacy of the Company’s procedures, always having as a rule the optimum fulfillment of the requirements and expectations of its Clients. To achieve this, the Management always supports and applies the base principles and rules of the Company Quality Management System in accordance with ISO 9001:2015, establishing objective Quality goals with the consistent and productive input from both its staff and its associates.
The base principles – goals, as these are expressed in the Company’s Quality Management System operations and procedures, are the following:
•       The provision of Services and the production of Design Studies that fully comply with the requirements and submission deadlines that are specified in the agreements we sign with our Clients, providing at the same time a satisfactory financial outcome to both BETAPLAN and its Clients.
•       The compliance with the relevant Legislation concerning the Quality, Safety and Environmental Effects of the building works specified in our design studies. In line with its effort to assist the protection of the environment, BETAPLAN applies a policy of recycling paper and batteries.
•       The constant improvement of our quality procedures, so that our Services and our Design Studies are considered to be of the Highest Quality in the Greek and International Markets.
•       The close cooperation with our Clients, the other collaborating design consultants and External Associates, with the objective to constantly improve the quality of our Services and our Projects.
•       The pursuit of the continuous development of BETAPLAN S.A.’s personnel, so that they can perform their tasks in an efficient,  qualitatively correct and creative manner, as well as being encouraged to participate actively and creatively in the goal of the continuous Quality improvement, as well as their own personal betterment.
•       The principles of the System and the objective quality goals are reviewed at regular time intervals by the Company Management, to ensure their compliance with the new market needs and developments, the legislative requirements, as well as the attainment of the targets for the continuous improvement in the Company’s operations.
The Management is highly committed to provide the necessary resources (technical equipment – training – technical knowledge) for the satisfaction of the demands that result and are formed by existing conditions.
All the departments of BETAPLAN S.A. have the responsibility to be informed of and assimilate the required Quality System procedures, as well as to integrate and apply them in their everyday tasks.
It is the responsibility of BETAPLAN’s Management to ensure that its Quality Policy is communicated, and is understandable and applicable by all the Company personnel, as well by its Clients and external providers, with the objective to achieve the constant and stable development of its business activity, with a strong commitment to its principles and the continuous provision of products and services of the highest quality to its Clients.

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
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: Joint Venture Attiki Road

Final design, Construction design and construction supervision for the Control and Maintenance Centre Building servicing a section of the Attiki Road.

The Centre includes the following facilities:
- 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 design 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 design also comprised the urban design for the surrounding grounds.

 
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Concert Hall — Thessaloniki, 1996

Client: DEPANOM (Public Enterprise for the Construction of Hospitals).
Cost estimate: € 80.2 m (1993)

Architectural design and tender documentation for the new 671-bed hospital of the University of the Region of Thrace, including a 250-seat amphitheatre. The overall assignment included operational policy and traffic studies.

In collaboration with consultants "Meletitiki - Alex. Tobazis"

 
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Regional Teaching Hospital of Alexandroupoli — Greece, 1993-94

Client: Commission of the European Communities
Consultant: Consortium CEKUL Foundation, WYG International, Proje Yonetim A.S., BETAPLAN S.A.
Consortium Fee: € 3 million

Provision of Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Cultural Heritage Development Programme (CHDP) in the South Eastern Anatolia (GAP) Region of Turkey with an area of 74,000 km2 and a population of 6.5 million. The € 15 million 3-year programme was funded by the European Commission with two main objectives:
1. To enable local stakeholders (businesses, Local Authorities, NGOs) to manage, in accordance with EC procedures, the funds available under the CHDP and to implement 31 individual projects.
2. To assist relevant stakeholders in the Region to design an Integrated Strategic Action Plan for the sustainable improvement of the region’s cultural heritage, including mechanisms for identifying and managing future key projects.

The individual projects implemented under the CHDP included the restoration of several historic buildings, development of a GIS based system for the preservation of cultural assets, a training programme for tourist guides in the Region and support for local handicrafts.




 
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Cultural Heritage Development Programme of the GAP Region — Turkey, 2003 – 2007

Client: Ministry of the Environment, Planning and Public Works
Estimated cost: € 600,000.

Design for a new bridge over Kifisia Avenue to cater for the pedestrian movements to and from the Olympic Games Stadium in Athens. The bridge, which has a steel structure with a span of some 36 metres and polycarbonate glazing panels, is illuminated during night hours with strip lighting on both sides of the bridge deck.

 
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Pedestrian Bridge — Athens, 2004

Client: National University of Athens
Cost estimate: € 34,250,150

The Master Plan envisaged future Expansion – Extensions of a total area of 18,375 m2 with a budget of 25,367,750,00 €, and future Rearrangements of a total floor area of 8,190 m2 with a budget of 8,722,400 €, as well as the Relocation of a number of Operational Departments with a budget of 110,000 €.

The existing old building complex of the Hospital has a 500-bed capacity.

 
LAIKO University Hospital: Master Plan — Athens, Greece, 2007

Client: DEPANOM (Public Enterprise for the Construction of Hospitals) and contractors COGEFARIMPRESIT.
Cost estimate: € 92.3 m (1992)

Final architectural design & tender documentation (with consultants Kondargyris-Labakis) & Medical, Hospitality & Office Equipment Design for new 650-bed Teaching Hospital. The overall assignment included operational policy, environmental impact assessment, chromatic design, traffic design, master-key design, x-ray protection design, schedule of accommodation & sound insulation design. The design includes underground parking for 190 vehicles, a 225-seat amphitheatre, as well as outdoor parking areas and hard & soft landscaping of the surrounding grounds.

 
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Teaching Regional General Hospital — Larissa, Greece, 1992-94

Client: Regional Health Authority of Epirus
Cost estimate: € 30,811,150 

Master Plan for the General Hospital of Arta with a 215-bed capacity. The Master Plan proposals envisaged substantial building extensions and rearrangements for the operational upgrade of the Hospital.

The subsequent Architectural Outline Design concerned some of the planned extensions, namely, extensions to 3 buildings and to the following operational departments: Operating Theatre complex, Laboratory and MRI Complex, as well as additional buildings for the accommodation of the Hemodialysis Unit and Blood Donation Department, a Nursery and a restaurant, Emergency Department, Blood Bank, Endoscopy Department and 2 Ward Units. Also rearrangement of the Outpatients, Physiotherapy and Ultrasound Departments.

 
County General Hospital of Arta: Master Plan — Greece, 2006-2008

Client: University of Athens
Cost Estimate: 1,243,215 €

Full architectural design and tender documents for a building comprising teaching rooms, laboratories, library, meeting rooms, computer rooms, administration offices and scientific staff areas.

The design was based on bio-climatic principles and included hard and soft landscaping of the surrounding grounds.

 
Energy Policy & Development Centre — Athens, 1998

Client: Hellenic Society of Dermatology and Venereology

The Hospital “Andreas Syggros” is located in Central Athens and is housed in a complex of several old buildings which are designated listed buildings.

BETAPLAN has carried out the design for the modernization and rearrangement of several departments of the Hospital (1990), in line with the recommendations of the Master Plan, executed also by BETAPLAN. The most recent design studies include:
• Rearrangement of a Nursing Unit (1993)
• Detailed Architectural Design for the Rearrangement of the Historic Museum of Wax Replicas of the Hospital. with a budget of 623,287 €. The design comprised works of preservation and restoration of the existing 100 year-old building, the addition of new steel structure mezzanines and the preservation and rearrangement of the existing old wooden showcases. (2007-2008).

 
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"Andreas Syggros" Hospital of Cutaneous and Venereal Diseases: Master Plan, Historic Museum of Wax Replicas — Athens, 1990-2008

Client: Ministry of Culture and Science and contractors Joint Venture "K. Savvidis- A. Moraitis" (with consultants T. Papagiannis and I. Scrubelos).
Cost estimate: € 6.08 m.

Full architectural services for the restoration and conservation of the Historic Theatre building complex “Rex”, which had been destroyed by fire. It concerns a theatre (680 seats), a cinema (350 seats), conference halls and modifications to the existing building. The design has been undertaken after winning in a turn-key tender procedure.

 
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Rex Theatre Building Complex — Athens, 1988-89

Client: National University of Athens
Cost estimate: € 24,705,650

The Master Plan Proposal envisaged future Extensions of 9,952 m2 and Rearrangement of existing Units of a total floor area of 5,421 m2.

The existing old building complex of the Hospital has a 200-bed capacity and comprises several historic buildings, many of which are designated as listed buildings by the Ministry of Culture.

 
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Areteio University Hospital: Master Plan — Athens, 2009-2011

Client: University General Hospital of Ioannina

1. Architectural Design for the New Building of Nuclear Medicine & Recovery (2003)
Project Budget: 1,922,230 €
The new two-storey plus basement building has a floor area of 1,120 m2 and a 44-bed capacity. The facilities provided include physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, ergotherapy & office spaces for doctors and physiotherapists.

2. Hospital Development Plan (2005)
The Plan included Analysis of the existing Situation and Development Proposal.

3. New Wing with Medical Wards and Operating Theaters (2008)
Project Budget: 21,233,000 €
Client: Ministry of Health
Architectural Design for a New Wing (9,100 m2) with the following Departments:
- Medical Wards
- One-Day Surgery
- ICU
- Outpatients Clinics

 
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University General Hospital of Ioannina — Greece, 2003-2009
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