iXBlue, the industrial building at the service of satellites

Type of project : Activities and industry
Total surface area : 2 500 M²
Construction time : 7 Months
Location : East
Type of project : Activities and industry
Total surface area : 2 500 M²
Construction time : 7 Months
Location : East

The new premises of iXBlue, located in the Technopole Microtechnique & Scientifique science park in Besançon, attest to the GA Group’s unique know-how. The 2,500-sqm building houses a ground floor devoted mainly to laboratories and an upper floor dedicated to office activities.

GA innovation for advanced space technology

The project began with a call to tender launched by a company specialized in the production de electronic modulators for satellites. These are small, highly sensitive pieces that are fixed in a special alloy of metals, and which can only be manufactured in an environment with controlled hydrometry. To provide optimal conditions for the production cycle of these modulators, GA fitted out the ground-floor with a 350-sqm clean room (class  1000, ISO 6 and 7), a 400-sqm production area (ISO 8), a 32,000 cubic m/hour air delivery rate and two air handling units, one with 18 000 cu. m/hr and the other with 7,000 cu. m/hr.

 

Saving energy

With energy costs in mind, the GA Group implemented all the technologies developed by its research team. As a result the building’s energy consumption is very low.

The concrete envelope provides good insulation and maximal thermal inertia.

The extremely precise control of heating is achieved with the assistance of the Active Computer-Aided Management of Energy Efficiency system (GAPÉO®) means that energy input can be adjusted based on the occupancy of the premises and which direction they face. Another example of GA know-how is the double flow system which ensures recovery of 83% of the calories carried by exhaust air. 

GA also saw to the installation of triple-glazed picture windows with integrated power-operated, controlled Venetian blinds, which provide active, optimal protection against the summer sun. Lastly, light fittings equipped with photometric sensors adapt automatically to the brightness in the room.

 

Viewpoint Henri Porte / Managing Director of IX Blue, GA construction project in Besançon
« We chose GA to build our new industrial site based on their energy-performance solutions. The concrete structure matched what we were looking for. Our initial impressions were confirmed when we visited the GA factory in Colmar and saw the company’s industrial approach. The project was completed very quickly and met all of its deadlines. »
Contact Corinne Deiss / Business Development Manager