Saint-Gobain opens its experience center in Nairobi, Kenya

May 16 2018

Experiencing comfort

Conceptualized to be informative and engaging, the experience center is fitted with digital access points and practical experiences around comfort.

Digital displays show why comfort matters. The DB station, a mobile application, enables the visitor to experience various acoustic performances of conventional wall compared to Gyproc walls.

Visitors can also discover Saint-Gobain’s innovative solutions through the building itself. From the floor to the ceiling and walls, the experience center and office space incorporate different Saint-Gobain materials that can improve comfort. The flooring area has been coated with Saint-Gobain Weber self levelling screed. Saint-Gobain Gyproc and Ecophon acoustic ceiling panels were installed to improve acoustic. Visitors will also be surprised to discover laminated glass solutions that can switch from translucent to transparent immediately thanks to a liquid crystal.

“The experience center aims to be a place where our different stakeholders within the construction sector feel welcome, a place where they can share expertise and where we can listen to their needs,” says Sachin Ramkasoon, Business Development Director for East Africa..


From left: Arch. Nathan Kureba OGW Chairman, Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (BORAQS) | Kim Ramoneda - Acting French Ambassador to Kenya and Somalia | Slawomir Szpunar - International Marketing Director Saint-Gobain Group | Denis Simonin - CFO, Director of Corporate Business Development Saint-Gobain Sub-Saharan Africa Delegation | Sachin Ramkasoon - Business Development Director for East Africa | Richard Napier - CEO Sub-Saharan Africa.  

A footprint in Kenya since 2014

Saint-Gobain is a driver in the development of the Kenyan fabric through the services and solutions it delivers to improve living comfort for the greatest number of people.

The Group creates local employment and offers a wide range of training courses to upskill professionals within the construction industry.

“In Kenya, the average unemployment rate is about 11%. It is critical for us to provide distributors, craftsmen and artisans with the necessary technical skills on new construction technology. In 2018, we trained 170 people from the different sectors within the construction industry in Kenya on the installation of ceilings, drywalling and insulation,” says Sachin Ramkasoon.

Saint-Gobain solutions feature in various projects in Nairobi. To mention a few:

  • The new offices have been fitted with Ecophon Solo™ acoustic ceiling panels. It creates open spaces where people can work and perform with minimum noise.
  • The Palazzo has been dressed with about 8000 m2 of Saint-Gobain glazing.
  • The new Uber offices benefits from Saint-Gobain partitions and insulation solutions.
  • The IMAX Cinema at Garden City has been constructed with Saint-Gobain drywalls, insulation and ceiling systems.
  • In 2017, as part of the Water and Sanitation Service Improvement Project Saint-Gobain PAM provided 45 km of pipes to supply water and sanitation services to Mombasa, Gongoni, Kakuyuni, Malindi and Kilifi.

Because solidarity is a core value at Saint-Gobain, the Group also supports the development of local communities. In 2014, the Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation contributed to the complete refurbishment of four classrooms at Nagum Primary School where 370 pupils take turns for their lessons. Local companies were consulted to perform the work.

Saint-Gobain Solution for Visual Comfort: Transparent products, such as glass, films or architectural membranes, allow access to daylight and views through windows, doors and partitions; translucent products that allow daylight whilst preserving privacy; opaque interior products, such as wall coverings, ceiling or flooring products, which can contribute to the distribution of daylight and to the aesthetics of the space

Lionel Diarra, Saint-Gobain Glass spokesperson for Eastern Africa, presents glazing solutions. 

Unveiling moment: Denis Simonin - CFO, Director of Corporate Business Development Saint-Gobain Sub-Saharan Africa Delegation, and Arch. Nathan Kureba OGW Chairman, Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (BORAQS). 

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