Staticus – Behind the Façade
Staticus is Northern Europe’s leading façade contractor, thanks to its strong partnerships and long-term perspective.
Staticus designs, produces, and installs curtain walls that are distinctive and sustainable, all delivered using the most advanced technologies available. Staticus achieves this by leveraging more than 20 years of experience and its innovative and agile approach.
“We are proud to call ourselves pragmatic visionaries and innovators,” says Aušra Vankevičiūtė, the CEO of Staticus. “We seek to meet the demands of our clients, the vision of the architect, and the needs of our planet in every façade we produce. To achieve this, we provide an end-to-end value chain that includes concept design, design development, production, installation, and more, all delivered by an agile, coordinated and experienced team.”
While lean principles are effective in the production process but not in project management, and Staticus has changed its approach over time.
“We apply agile principles and methodology, placing the client at the centre of everything we do,” Vankevičiūtė tells us. “The project is our product- not the façade itself. Each project is bespoke and different, so we need the solution fitted to that project and the project team. We have 100 engineers in-house and partner with companies in different European countries to support them better.”
The company has offices in Lithuania, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, supporting construction projects across Northern Europe. Staticus currently has around 600 employees spread across five offices, with that number fluctuating depending on temporary installers and factory workers.
The Via Vika commercial office building in Oslo perfectly highlights Staticus’ engineering skills, together with technologically advanced solutions that ensure excellent energy efficiency in the building envelope. An industry first, Via Vika is Northern and Eastern Europe’s first building to implement closed-cavity façade technology (CCF).
“Every day we are thinking about what makes us unique. We’re committed to the long term and the kind of value the client gets when we commit to the long term,” Vankevičiūtė explains. “We are selective with our clients. We’re not focusing on one-time clients- we are looking for investment in many more projects to come. Our business is entirely centred on large-scale projects, with notable examples including London’s Tottenham Hale Tower, Sweden’s Gothenburg City Gate and Lexington, a New-York style tower being built at Prince’s Dock in Liverpool, UK. These iconic developments have cemented Staticus’ reputation in Scandinavia, the Baltic countries and the UK.”
That long-term focus naturally lends itself to sustainability, as Vankevičiūtė points out.
“We are committed to reducing our environmental impact on the planet and continually strive to improve our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods,” she says. “As building façade contractors, we recognise our responsibility to protect the natural environment, improve our carbon footprint and endeavour to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle wherever possible.”
Staticus is one of the first companies to use recycled aluminium profiles and carbon footprint calculations for each project. In 2020 it finished the Økern Portal project in Oslo, Norway, with entirely recycled aluminium profiles. This project is one of the largest office developments in Norway, and the first project implemented by Staticus according to agile principles. By using recycled aluminium in the Hydro CIRCAL system, Staticus reduces embodied carbon within the building envelope to less than 130 kilogrammes CO2 per metre-squared of the façade in the product stage.
The Talent Behind the Façade
These achievements are carried out by Staticus’s enviable pool of talent.
“Early on in the client consultation we already have our service orientated team and our installation team bring their knowledge and competencies from successful outcomes to the project,” Vankevičiūtė says. “That helps us to find smart solutions in the early stages of the project.”
Of course, nurturing and growing that talent pool is no easy task in and of itself.
“There is a shortage of the workforce, from installation teams to higher-up positions. We’re competing with other companies to win the best talent,” admits Vankevičiūtė.
It is an area the company strongly invests in.
“Talent is a daily topic,” Vankevičiūtė says.
Staticus offers real progress in its work environment, with continuous learning and plentiful opportunities to study, learn and improve over time. They also have the flexibility to do their job the way that works best for them.
“We trust our people, we let them work from wherever they are with flexible hours, focusing on the result rather than tracking where they are every minute,” Vankevičiūtė says.
Talking with Vankevičiūtė it is clear that diversity is also an important value to her and Staticus as a whole.
“At a management level we are 52% female, which isn’t standard in our industry,” she tells us. “Naturally, I strongly believe gender should not be an obstacle. Competence and talent come first. We’re a profit organisation, so you don’t want to waste an opportunity by only hiring for gender, not talent.”
Strengthening the Supply Chain
“We face daily challenges. We come to work every day to solve certain equations- a problem, a challenge, or to create something new,” Vankevičiūtė says. “On the management level, I’d say today’s big global problem is the supply chain. Managing that problem has been a long marathon, with consequences for the delivery of materials and uncertainty in the market. There are pricing issues, and everyone needs everything delivered yesterday.”
Staticus is a company that has always taken a long-term perspective in its operations and relationships, and that has never been more valuable than it is today.
“We are super transparent with our clients and suppliers. Transparency is the key in communication,” Vankevičiūtė says. “Clients are smart enough to see what’s happening in the market, so they understand our position and open communication helps us to agree on the new deadlines. We’re also very active in communication with our suppliers about when we can expect certain goods to arrive or be delivered.”
Vankevičiūtė doesn’t deny that this last year and a half has been hard, by any means. But Staticus’ core value of agility is helping them to do well.
“We need to be agile and react quickly,” she says. “When a company is as big as us, it is not that easy to adapt quickly, but if you want to win in the markets these days it is essential. We are planning and being flexible, bringing in certain changes to absorb risks from the supply chain.”
While the strong relationships between Staticus and its customers and suppliers have helped them support each other, Staticus is also looking to support the wider community.
“Staticus is a family-owned company, its traditions are deep in our roots and the family. We take care of each other and have each other’s back,” Vankevičiūtė points out. “Our founder is pushing this attitude forward within the company. We cooperate with local institutions to select families which need the most support and we renovate their houses, change their windows and doors, and support their kids to attend school by providing simple computers and anything else they need. Each year this list of families grows. It’s not a one-time initiative. Each year we’re taking care of more and more families.”
“We see ourselves growing our market and our projects in sustainable ways by selecting the right clients and the right projects,” Vankevičiūtė says. “We want to contribute to fighting climate change and reducing CO2 emissions, and we cannot do it alone, so we need to work with the right partners on both sides, clients and suppliers.”