The professional management consists of the director architects, the technical director architects and the safety coordinators.
The director architects, coordinated by the chief architect, are ultimately responsible for the project and the construction.
The technical director architects of the structure do the monitoring and control of the execution of the structural elements.
The safety coordinators are responsible for the application of the general prevention and safety principles during construction.
The Basic and Executive Project Department is formed by architects, technical architects and draughtsmen.
It is in charge of defining the basic and executive project, in other words, deciding what remains to be built with all necessary details. The project is defined in association with the departments of different universities, the modellers' workshop and the architects in charge of the structural project.
The Construction Department is in charge of the drafting of the construction project. This process includes deciding the resources to be used -such as scaffolding or cranes-, the process and order to be followed on the construction, and providing clear information adapted to each focus of work.
The monitoring of the work, the topography and the coordination of the different workshops, such as carpenters, stonemasons,
locksmiths or maintenance, is also the responsibility of this department.
The Construction Department is in charge of the drafting of the construction project. This process includes deciding the resources to be used -such as scaffolding or cranes-, the process and order to be followed on the construction,
and providing clear information adapted to each focus of work. The monitoring of the work, the topography and the coordination of the different workshops, such as carpenters, stonemasons, locksmiths or maintenance, is also the responsibility of this department.
The Modellers' Workshop today is the continuation of the one that worked for Gaudí.
Its task, which is fundamental for the recovery and interpretation of Gaudí's project and the construction of the church, includes the restoration of the original models, the assembly of new models on a scale of 1:10 and 1:25, and the execution of life size plaster models and moulds for the execution of concrete construction elements.
The stonemasons' workshop is the oldest at the church, probably from before Gaudí came.
Today, some of the stone pieces are made in the workshops of outside associates, but the church workshop continues to produce fundamental pieces for the building following Gaudinian geometry, and also reviews the building and restoration work.
The different foremen at the church have calculated the system of scaffolding and auxiliary mechanisms required to successfully complete the work, always with the resources available at each moment and looking for or creating auxiliary mechanisms to improve the efficiency of the system. On the Nativity façade the scaffolding consisted of planks of wood and metal joint mechanisms. Now we have scaffolding made of prefabricated iron elements and metal joints, which are assembled with the assistance of skilled staff from the Mecanotubo company.
On the site there are different work focuses that are all active at the same time, often doing quite different jobs. The work of the bricklayers at the church calls for a special apprenticeship to carry out the complicated geometrical forms Gaudí conceived for stone, brick or concrete windows, columns, vaults and roofs. Today there are about one hundred bricklayers distributed around different work focuses: the Glory façade, the apse, the vaults of the crossing, the evangelists' towers, the crypt and the roofs.
This team of skilled professionals is responsible, to mention just a few of the more complex elements, for the feeding and regulation of the variable speed engines of the cranes, the automatic programming of the concrete making plant or the safety network which feeds the emergency lighting and the computer system. They are also in charge of the maintenance of the lifts and the works goods lifts, as well as the other large and small pieces of machinery, alarms, telephone and data networks and fire extinction material.
The task of the crane operators is to ensure that the pieces are properly tied up and attached to the hook of the crane to prevent any material falling. They have to study the best route to avoid the other cranes, the scaffolding and the building work which is already completed and to plan the conditions of the unloading area with the bricklayers. They also have to coordinate with the other crane operators when the load has to be moved from one crane to another. The cranes are usually driven by remote control, except for the apse crane, which is normally driven from the cabin at a height of 80 m.
Today the main task of the carpenters at the workshop is making shuttering and soffits for the building work, although they also make scaffolding, doors and windows for auxiliary constructions and furniture for the museum, offices and the records services. The shuttering is flat or curved following the forms of the hyperboloids and paraboloids of the vaults or ornaments. The soffits are templates for placing the pieces of stone for arches, vaults or windows.
The participation of these companies of climber bricklayers makes it possible to carry out bricklaying tasks at great heights without needing to put up scaffolding, which is costly and often complex.
The Vertisub company has been doing these jobs for years and has been working lately on repairing the balls of the pinnacles of the Passion façade, fixing the anchorages of the crane being used on the façade at present and putting the safety nets in place.
Steel profiles are also part of the interior structure of the windows and the vaults from twenty metres upwards, and are often a first support for the large prefabricated stone and concrete pieces before concreting. Moreover, recently some of the shuttering of the vaults and columns and the evangelists' towers is also metal.
These tasks are now being done by metalworkers from the Soler company in Puig-reig, which has also made the wrought iron grilles for the cloister.
Etsuro Sotoo has been working on the church since 1978. With different people from his workshop, he has carried out the restoration of the Rose Tree door, the sculptures on the Nativity façade (the pelican, the musician and singer angels) and the stone sculptures of the façades (the leaves of the fruit trees and the gargoyles of the evangelists' towers) and the concrete and Venetian glass sculptures for the pinnacles of the windows of the naves (fruits, in the case of the side naves, and eucharistic symbols for the central nave).
This department is assigned different areas of responsibility: accounting, finance, information systems, human resources, general administration and reception. We have centralised the administration of all the activities carried out at the Foundation by means of a computer network that links our work centres at the church and the House-Museum in Güell Park.
Made up of six broad departments: Protocol, Press and Communication, Activities and Exhibitions, Educational Services, Archive and Documents, and Tourism.
The aim is to manage and improve the quality of the visit and its contents, services, dealing with resources and the VIPs who come to the church, accessibility and conservation of the archives, the logistics of accesses and the management and production of minutes.
The information point deals with visitors and general information about the church and the temporary exhibitions, Gaudí or Barcelona.
It manages the different kinds of visits, such as press, protocol, groups, schools or disabled.
Six daily guided tours designed for visitors from all over the world who are interested in discovering Gaudí's most ambitious and spiritual work. They explain the origins, the historical evolution, the art, the architecture, the technique and the materials, the geometry and recount anecdotes..
At present there are two shops, one with the entrance on Carrer Marina and the other inside the cloister. Visitors can find everything from souvenirs to specialised books on Gaudí and the church.
MBS is the company in charge of visitor service. It manages the sale of tickets at the windows and access to the towers by lift, and provides visitor information.
AZ is in charge of the management and reception of groups, whether on spec or booked in advance.
As well as the daily tasks, behind this team of workers is the ISS company, which is in charge of supplying the church with the necessary cleaning materials and hygienic accessories and supplies us with the extra services required in special circumstances, such as the inauguration of new spaces.
The Arapdis company is in charge of the care and conservation of the garden zones of the church, including the weekly tasks of watering, cleaning, changing soil and the application of filo-sanitary products when the plant needs them.
The number of visitors to the expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is increasing from day to day. During the winter months there about 5000 visitors a day, whilst in summer the number rises to 10,000. For that reason the people who ensure that everything works are most important. The room managers coordinate the whole tourist sector (access control, cleaning, security, maintenance), see that there are no incidents and, in the event of one, find a solution.
At the expiatory church of La Sagrada Família there is a group of workers who are on duty 24 hours a day 365 days a year. These workers are the security staff from the Prosegur company. Working in shifts, on weekdays and at weekends and holidays, day and night, they safeguard the visitors, the workers and the church installations.
The working structure of the Gaudí House-Museum is divided into three areas: the permanent collection, the shop and the library and the archives. These areas are managed in coordination with the Temple. The Museum, moreover, outsources the maintenance and the running of the house (attendance of the visitor, gardening, cleaning and safety) in addition to some supporting tasks related to the collection, the library and the archives.