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Photo by Luís Pinto, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Respect. (from the lat. respectu) n. 1. respect; 2. consideration; high regard; 3. deference; compliance; veneration; 4. honour; worship; 5. relation; refererence...

We believe that everyone should be respected for their work, for their attitudes, opinions and options.

Photo by Mila Teshaieva, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Rigor. (from the lat. rigore) n. 1. harshness; strength; 2.fig., severity; punctuality; accuracy.

There is no "more or less levelled", "more or less upright”, "more or less clean" or "more or less safe", but rather “levelled”, "upright”, "clean” and “safe". The rigour is reflected in our procedures, in time and in the rules to follow. In the light of moral and principles, being severe means being rigorous.

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Passion. (from the lat. passione) n. 1. intense and usually violent feeling (affection, joy, hate, etc.) which hinders the exercise of impartial logic; 2. derived from a feeling; 3. great predilection; 4. partiality; 5. great grief; immense suffering...

Under the sign of passion – a text of the Portuguese poet Regina Guimarães – is our icon. Passion is to reveal great enthusiasm for something, favourable encouragement or opposite to something.
It is the sensibility transmitted by an architect or engineer through work.
Passion is the dedication to a project. Passion is a state of warm soul.

Photo by Jakub Karwowski, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Loyalty. (from the lat. legalitate) n. the quality of being loyal; fidelity; sincerity.

Respect for the principles and rules that guide the honour and probity. Faithfulness to commitments and agreements undertaken, staunch character.
To remain loyal to the business partners because we depend on them and they depend on us.
Being trustworthy for being loyal.

Photo by Ian Lieske, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Solidarity. (from the lat. solidare) n. 1. the quality of being solidary; 2. reciprocal responsibility among the members of a group, namely social, professional, etc.; 3. sense of sharing another’s suffering.

Being solidary is being a friend, offering our hand with genuine generosity and bringing joy and human warmth to those who, somehow, are marginalized. Being solidary is being more human. A solidary company is recognized as a fair and non-selfish company. A solidary company is a preferred choice in business. It is a more competitive company. Volunteering is a vehicle to solidarity. It is modern, fair, cultured, friend, it is a noble gesture of moral elevation.

Photo by Clarence Gorton, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Courage. (from the lat. coraticum) n. 1. bravery facing danger; intrepidity; to have audacity; 2. moral force before a suffering or setback; 3. [fig.] to input energy when performing a difficult task; perseverance...

Courage is essential in our life. Courage to face less pleasant situations when complex issues come up, not expecting random resolutions.
It is a value that we must highlight as opposed to the fearful, cowardly and laziness.
The courage to react to criticism not with an attitude of demotivation or sadness, but rather to search for the means and the action to overcome its own reason. This kind of courage, which is also an intellectual courage, is highly recommended.

Photo by Filipa Alves, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Ambition. (from the lat. ambitione) n. 1. vehement desire of wealth, honours or glories; 2. expectation about the future; aspiration; 3. lust; greed…

Vehement desire to achieve a particular goal. Ambition not to resign ourselves. Ambition to take the best potential from ourselves. Ambition to deserve ourselves. Ambition to be athletes in our top-level competitive jobs. Ambition to beat our brands. Ambition to get the best deals with the maximum value, due to the high levels of proficiency and efficiency.

Photo by Scarlett Coten, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Esthetics. ESTHETICS (from the Greek aisthetiké, "sensitive") n.f. 1. Philosophy branch of philosophy that studies the beauty and nature of artistic phenomena; 2. author's own style, time, etc.; 3. harmony of shapes and colors, beauty; 4. set of techniques and treatments that aim to beautify the body.

We decided to build the company's economic foundations under a cultured, cosmopolitan and cool image. Because it is a charming state of being. Good taste because we are sustainable and we respect the planet. Good taste because we are sensitive. Good taste just because.

Photo by Karl Erik Brondbo, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Responsibility. (from the lat respondere) n. the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; a form of trustworthiness.

We must be certain that, before a choice, we chose what is best for both of us and not just the best for each one. Each employee is responsible for his negotiated activity and co-responsible if the co-worker does not fulfil his own task, thus preventing the common goal. A team is a set of individuals - is a whole. In the business game, as in social or family contexts, everyone must comply with their own relative position and we shall not permit that one of ours fails to be in our team.

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Smart Studios Asprela integrates dstgroup modular construction



In a holistic approach, it was necessary to involve all the project's stakeholders, since the project was already in the construction phase. Besides guaranteeing the delivery deadlines of the student residence, it was possible to optimise costs and reduce waste and waste. This was the Group's first experience in development, but the future passes through increasing investment in this type of construction.


The construction company Dst, a Dstgroup company, has innovated and carried out the adaptation of the Smart Studios Asprela project, in Porto, to modular construction, with the construction already underway. A project budgeted at 8.6 million euros and for which it was necessary to find an effective alternative solution, given the time constraints caused by the difficulties in the construction sector. "Whatever happened, the project would have to be up and running in time for the start of the school year. What's more, with the demand for quality that this chain identifies itself with - Smart Studios - on the one hand, and the other, lack of human resources that the construction sector is experiencing, the ideal conditions were in place to propose the developer the use of modular construction methodologies", Eurico Soares, a dst administrator, explains to Construir.


The option found allowed the adaptation of the construction of 221 bathrooms of the building in monoblock, "with the result exceeding all expectations", said Eurico Soares. In addition to "guaranteeing compliance with the deadline for the execution of the work", it was also possible to "optimise the fixed cost and reduce waste and waste". As all the work was carried out in the factory, it was also possible to "control the quality and standardisation of the materials, together with the logistical balance of the arrival of the materials at the site", he indicated. In general terms, "modular construction involves the production of standardised building components in an external factory and then assembling them on-site".


Another important aspect is what distinguishes this construction from previous monoblock constructions: the fact that it is almost impossible to tell whether the room was built on-site or in the factory, as a result of the excellent finishings.


Holistic approach

The whole adaptation and alteration process during the construction phase involved the different parties involved in the project, from the architect, Speciality designers, project coordinator, supervision and, of course, dstgroup.


"In technical terms, the adaptation of the basic project to allocate factory-built sanitary facilities required a holistic study in architectural and speciality projects. In addition to the necessary on-site assembly of the factory-made elements, it was also necessary to coordinate the implementation of mass production processes in a factory environment to optimise resources, both human and material. On-site, it was also necessary to adjust the solutions for connecting the building's global specialities to the existing modular elements to ensure the integrity of the execution on site.


"In this scope, a critical success factor was to use the BIM methodology, through which the whole project is digitalised, being the Digital Model the trust base between all the interlocutors, giving a powerful means of analysis and simulation that supports the solutions that came to be executed on-site", reinforced Eurico Soares.


Besides the technical component, it was also necessary to guarantee "quality and comfort", as in a traditional solution. This was another challenge, but Eurico Soares believes they were "successful with the solution found".


Turnover of 40M in five years

Although they had previously worked with Smart Studios, this was dstgroup's first project in modular construction, but it will also participate in the next Smart Studios development in Uptown Lisbon and, this time, for a set of combined toilet and pantry modules.


Eurico Soares believes that these steps are the beginning of a more comprehensive project. "Similarly to what happens with car factories, the future passes by having a kind of construction 'Autoeuropa', where different modules, be they sanitary facilities, kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, are assembled and then sent to the construction site".


The dstgroup is currently developing a modular construction project, with architect Norman Foster, which aims to transform the sector in Portugal. It consists of the creation of a Living Lab that will develop and promote solutions in the field of modular construction and prefabrication, to respond efficiently to the growing needs of the world market.


The realisation of this challenge represents a construction area of 4000 m2 and approximately 100 modular habitable units in the dstgroup campus in Braga. With the bet of the group in modular construction, it is expected that, within five years, the turnover of this business area will represent around 40 million euros, revealed Eurico Soares.