The greatest water management development project has been implemented in Latvia


After two years of intensive work the greatest water management development project in Latvia, in Tukums has been completed, which included the construction of water supply and sewage networks with a length of 120 km. The total design and construction costs of the project reached 16.1 million lats, of which construction works in the amount of 13.9 million lats were performed by “Skonto Būve”.

In the framework of the project, total water-supply systems with a length of 59.7 km were constructed and reconstructed with supply to 1718 estates, as well as 60 km of sewage networks were constructed and reconstructed with supply to 1586 estates. 13 new sewage pumping plants were constructed which will ensure waste water pumping so that the waste water is purified in the town purification plants in Tile.

Chairman of Tukums Regional Council Juris Sulcs (Juris Šulcs): “This is an investment project of the widest scope in the field of water management, not only in Tukums, but also in the entire of Latvia! We are grateful to the general employer SIA “Skonto Būve”, as well as to subcontractors, building supervisors, project coordinators for such professional and high quality work. I hereby say “Thank you very much” on my behalf and on behalf of the residents of Tukums!”

Chairman of the Board of “Skonto Būve” Guntis Ravis (Guntis Rāvis): “It gives special satisfaction to work in the town where we established “Skonto Būve” almost twenty years ago, and where we have already opened several factories during these years. The implemented water management development project is the greatest one which has ever been developed; not only in Tukums, but also in the entire of Latvia, and this is confirmation of the development and further growth of the town.”

The traditional “Skonto Būve” slam dunk competition has taken place


“Skonto Būve” slam dunk competition took place in the framework of the twenty-four hour basketball tournament “Krastu mačs”. Local "slam dunk" master Kristaps Dargais (Kristaps Dārgais)won the tournament for the second time this year and obtained the main prize in the amount of 3000 euros. In the competition of several participants he also beat the twofold champion of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Shannon Brown who has the highest vertical jump of the league.

The jury staff of the “Slam dunk” competition included President of “Skonto Būve” Guntis Ravis (Guntis Rāvis), Minister of Education and Science Vyaceslav Dombrovskis (Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis), Latvian basketball player Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (Anete Jēkabsone-Žogota), as well as VEF legend and the European best basketball player of 1981 Valdis Valters.

On the other hand, Daugava’s left bank team won the twenty-four hour basketball tournament “Krastu mačs”sponsored by “Skonto Būve” where professional sportsmen, sports enthusiasts and artists participated.

The presidents of Latvia and Israel meet Guntis Ravis at the opening of a memorial


During his state visit to Latvia, Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, and Andris Bērziņš, the president of Latvia, unveiled a memorial to commemorate Zanis Lipke, a rescuer of many Jews. All the assets necessary for the construction of the memorial were donated by people, and Mr. Peres thanked the most generous benefactors, including Guntis Ravis, chairman of the board of Skonto Būve, for their support.

Shimon Peres,  president of Israel: “The whole of humanity can take pride in what Zanis Lipke did saving people during the terror under Nazism. Lipke symbolises humanity at its best, at its most profound and truthful. There is always a minority of people within a society, made up of good and courageous people ready to risk their lives every morning for the sake of good conduct, the way that Lipke did.”

Andris Berzins president of Latvia: “Lipke proves that even under the most horrible circumstances, the love of mankind cannot be defeated. A single determined man can change the world for the better. ”

The new memorial was created to commemorate Zanis Lipke who rescued numerous Jews. It is located just a couple of steps away from the place where he was hiding people destined to die under the German occupation during World War II, in an underground bunker he had dug under his woodshed.

Skonto Būve – reputation leader of the industry


Skonto Būvehas a firm leading position in the construction and real estate industry section of the Top Latvian Business Reputation.

Skonto Būvetakes 1st position in the construction and real estate industry section of the Top Latvian Business Reputation organised by the newspaper “Dienas Bizness” and the public relations agency Nords Porter Novelli. The company has also improved its performance in the top total by climbing three places to occupy 86th position.

Guntis Rāvis, Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve:“Disregarding the publicity campaigns, the core of any company’s reputation is its actual work in business – the amount of work, its quality and, of course, keeping one’s word in all matters. Skonto Būve reputation is based solely on its work – the quality and the significance of its objects. By leading the Latvian construction industry we strongly believe that it is our duty to share our success with others. Environmental awareness is one of the key motives in both our professional operations in construction and the field of social responsibility.”

Riga receives a present from the entrepreneur G. Rāvis – a gilded central cupola of the cathedral


Within the framework of the Nativity of Christ Cathedralrenovation project “SVET”, initiated by the entrepreneur Guntis Rāvis, the central cupola of the cathedral is to be gilded.

Metropolitan Alexander emphasised that gold is a symbol of eternity and beauty, and beauty is God. It was said in the Holy Scriptures long ago that God commanded the gilding of the temple in Jerusalem, and this tradition is being continued today by gilding thebell-tower and the central cupola of this cathedral as well.

Guntis Rāvis, the initiator of the campaign “SVET” and the Chairman of the Board of the company Skonto Būve, has waited a long time for this moment to come. The project was launched 11 years ago and during this time he supported the renovation of the cathedral facade and the interior as well as the gilding of the bell-tower. Now the preparation works have started in order to gild the central cupola. The entrepreneur sees this campaign as a mission and is thankful to God for having the opportunity to accomplish such a project.

Metropolitan Alexander, the Chairman of the Riga City Council N. Ušakovs and his deputy A. Ameriks have thanked G. Rāvis for his support in the renovation of the cathedral and noted that he is one of the few entrepreneurs whose actions have contributed to making Riga more attractive in the eyes of local inhabitants and tourists.

The gilding of the 380 square metre cupola will be carried out by using 23 carat golden plates and by applying traditional gilding techniques. 5.5 grams of gold is to be used on each square metre; 2 kg of the precious metal in total. The estimated completion time of this work is at the end of this year. The renovation is going to be performed by highly qualified professionals under the guidance of experienced masters in gilding.

This campaign is open to everyone; each inhabitant may participate and help to renovate the cathedral by calling 90006288 and donating LVL.

The campaign “SVET” is the largest-scale campaign in Latvia, launched upon the initiative of G. Rāvis in 2002. Additional information