Digital edition 2021 | Non-residential

British International School

RomaniaRomaniaCompany Name: Zavini Finisaje

Project description

A former girls’ school, built in 1910, in which young girls used to learn how to organise and manage a household. It is a building which Saint-Gobain team set out to renovate, to preserve its character, even of a British building and to extend it with those facilities that a modern school implies. The British International School of Timisoara is the first school with the British International curriculum established in the western part of Romania. This is a cutting-edge project meant to introduce an innovative curriculum, vision and philosophy in the educational field at primary and secondary school levels in this part of Romania.


Zavini Finisaje

Zavini Finisaje was founded in 2012 by Mr. Iulian Zamfir, starting his own business after leaving NGF Group, a large construction company in the western part of the country. He has over 20 years of experience in the construction field, being specialized in high-level execution works. Zavini company started as a family business, now having an experienced team of 30 people. His portfolio covers the entire area of works in the field of industrial and civil construction: finishing and interior design, construction of industrial halls, commercial or public spaces, masonry and structural works, family houses, hotel facilities, facades made with modern technologies. The client portfolio of the company is vast and complex, having various collaborations with companies such as Bosch, Hella, Honeywell, Mulbery Development.

Fire protection
In order to meet the fire protection requirements, the roof was dry lined with Glasroc® F boards, mineral glass and basaltic wool.
Acoustic control
Eurocoustic ceilings – Minerval
Energy efficiency
ISOVER basaltic mineral wool
Moisture resistance
Aquaroc® boards used for exterior attic.
Impact resistant
Habito® boards used for corridors.

Key Achievements

  • Good relationship/cooperation within the team: contractor, architect, Saint-Gobain team.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • A project built with lightweight materials that contributed to maintaining the initial architectural aesthetics , offering children and teachers a safe, comfortable and modern school.

Key Challenges

The difficulties of this project were mainly architectural, namely to maintain the atmosphere of a British school keeping original elements in combination with the Saint-Gobain materials used for finishing.
Finding technical solutions for incorporating limestone finishes into the ETICS system.


Building owner:
Fset Property SRL
Atelier 21
Main contractor:
Iulian Zamfir
Ovidiu Micsa
Saint-Gobain Team:
Nicolae Pacuraru, Gabriel Golumbeanu, Laszlo Racz, Adrian Hirit