Geplaatst op: 22 June 2022

“VERDOZING”, A TERM COMMONLY USED IN REAL ESTATE IN THE NETERHERLANDS. IT MEANS THAT THE DUTCH LANDSCAPE CONTAINS A HIGH NUMBER OF DISTRIBUTION CENTERS AND THAT THEY ARE STILL BUILDING FANATICALLY. IT IS NECESSARY, BECAUSE OUR GROWING ECONOMY AND EXTENDED AUTOMATION IS DOING GREAT. BUT IT ALSO INCREASES THE CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW SPACE RELATES TO ECONOMIC VALUE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. AND THEN AN IMPORTANT POINT: WHAT DO ALL THESE DISTRIBUTION CENTERS DO WITH THE LANDSCAPE? WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS AND WHAT IS OUR ROLE AS A MANUFACTURER WITHIN THIS ISSUE?

A first possible solution for “verdozen” is to cluster buildings in one place, not only horizontally but also vertically. We use as little area of ​​the landscape as possible so that we can stay far enough away from the ‘inhabited world’. Stacking requires radical technical solutions. Where we used to pack ‘air’, we now have to deal with a lot of technology inside the distribution centers, which entails weight. In this case, a correct construction not only guarantees the safety of the building, but also ensures that the distribution center can be set up and used as optimally as possible.

SUSTAINABILITY FUNCTION
A second possible solution is to give distribution centers a sustainability function. For example as an energy generator. Why not fill the roofs with solar panels that provide the adjacent residential area with energy and perhaps also with (rain) water? For a constructor, this presents a new challenge for the roof construction, because solar panels require a different calculation than a standard roof.

ARCHITECTURAL SOLUTIONS
The beauty of the landscape is also part of the discussion. Architectural solutions for distribution centers are in their infancy. Our challenge is to find the most suitable solution for this. An example: we can integrate the distribution center with the parking and the bypass around the building. Covering this with greenery and shielding it with trees makes the appearance of the distribution center much more friendly! In addition, if you integrate the parking lot into the building, the total surface area of ​​the distribution center can be reduced by a quarter. And how about building housing for employees against the blind facade of a distribution center? For us as a constructor, these are the challenges within our field, because we have to give a building multiple functions, each with their own construction needs.

Would you like to spar with us about the dulling of the landscape? About how we, as a constructor, can think along in a solution to your dilemma about the still growing number of distribution centers? Feel free to contact us.

We got inspiration for this topic from an article in Vastgoed Journaal.

Photo taken during an impressive working visit to Bozhurishte, Bulgaria.

Geplaatst op: 3 February 2022

THE FIRST PILE HAS BEEN DRIVEN INTO THE GROUND FOR THE NEW BUILDING OF THE M&G GROUP IN ASSEN. M&G GROUP IS ACTIVE IN THE DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION AND MARKETING OF FLUE GAS EXHAUST AND VENTILATION SYSTEMS. IT IS BUILDING A NEW FACTORY AND LOGISTICS HALL OF AROUND 39,000 SQUARE METRES FOR THE EUROPEAN MARKET AT A VISIBLE LOCATION ALONG THE A28 MOTORWAY IN THE BUSINESS PARK SOUTH. M&G CURRENTLY OPERATES FROM ELEVEN LOCATIONS, ALL IN THE NORTH OF THE NETHERLANDS. AFTER COMPLETION, ALL THESE LOCATIONS WILL MOVE TO THE NEW BUILDING IN ASSEN.

The new building will have various functions. Logistics and production with crane gantries will have a place in the hall, which makes it anything but a standard logistics hall. This is also the challenge for Pelecon; M&G would like to have the option of converting this production area into a logistics hall/storage facility in the future. To this end, the necessary provisions have been made, such as the preparation of dock positions, column positions and the internal heights are attuned to a logistics hall. In addition, the limited eaves height of twelve metres creates a challenge to develop a three-storey, high-quality office. This has been solved by applying the thinnest possible floor in combination with integrated floor layers.

For this project, Pelecon is working together with developer Borghese Logistics and architect Mies Architectuur. Pleijsier Bouw is responsible for the realisation of the project, with Linneman Bouw en Advies monitoring the BREEAM score.

First pole distribution center Vomar

Geplaatst op: 14 December 2021

Vomar, a successful supermarket organization with 91 branches in North Holland, Flevoland, North and South Holland and Utrecht, is a good example of a rapidly growing company! The expansion of their distribution center in Alkmaar is therefore a logical step!

As a constructor, we have been involved in the development of their existing distribution center in Alkmaar since 2000. As a constructor, we have contributed to all adjustments and extensions that were implemented after 2000.

A selection of our activities for Vomar:
2020: Development of main distribution center totaling 40,000 m2
2006: Realization of the “cold warehouse”
2008: Installation of a floor ‘Flowers’ in the distribution center
2010: Expansion with butchery and potato-vegetable-fruit department
2016: Installation of a large number of solar panels
2020: Expansion of the bakery department

First pole
Last week Vomar celebrated the first pole for the latest expansion, namely the ‘advertising warehouse’. As a structural engineer we also worked on this project, so we congratulate Vomar with this new step!

We wish everyone a successful construction and thank you Vomar for again trusting in our cooperation!

Impressive visit Bozhurishte, Bulgaria

Geplaatst op: 12 November 2021

GET INSPIRATION, WORK VISIT, SNIP CULTURE, BUSINESS TRIP… WHATEVER YOU CALL IT; LAST WEEK THE PARTNERS ANDRÉ AND HENK’S VISIT WAS IMPRESSIVE! FOR OUR DANISH CLIENT JYSK WE TRAVELED TO BOZHURISHTE IN BULGARIA TO VISIT THEIR LATEST, MOST MODERN AND MOST AUTOMATED DISTRIBUTION CENTER.

DISTINCTIVE
The distribution center distinguishes itself with automated technology for transport and storage of items and integration of SAP EWM to meet the needs of JYSK stores and the e-commerce demands of consumers in the Balkans. The result is seamless omnichannel distribution from strategic storage (122,000 pallets), higher efficiency and speed (400 euro pallets per hour) and less transport to the stores at approximately 4.5 million km per year.

TRANSLATION TO THE NETHERLANDS
Of course we didn’t just travel to Bulgaria. We have gained inspiration, learned a lot and we have now started the constructive design for a comparable distribution center for Jysk on Dutch soil. More on this later!

New, sustainable distribution center for Hunkemöller in Almere

Geplaatst op: 5 November 2021

At the Stichtsekant industrial estate in Almere, Hunkemöller B.V. built a new distribution center. Adjacent is a fully-fledged office, consisting of two floors with large canopies on the outside. The constructive challenge for this project? The large voids in the upper floors, the ground structure in Almere and of course the high sustainability ambition.

As main constructor, Pelecon is involved in the development of the new distribution center, which has 44 dock positions and a mezzanine floor of 12 meters wide throughout. From our expertise, it is a beautiful project with difficult issues. For example, the project is located in the municipality of Almere, where an erratic soil structure is sometimes encountered. As a result, extra care must be taken with the foundation. In addition, the construction will soon contribute to the intended BREEAM Excellent certification. After all, Hunkemöller’s focus is on a new building that is as sustainable as possible, that has low energy consumption, requires little maintenance and in which sustainable solutions are incorporated.

The design
The distribution center designed by architect DENC will be built in two phases. Unique to phase one are the two built-in floors that are separate from the main construction and the automated miniload system. This makes it not a “standard” shelving distribution center, but anticipates the future as well as possible.

The planning
The documents of phase one and concept phase two have been submitted to the municipality. A major step in the process has therefore been taken. Construction is scheduled to start in March 2022.

DC Echt Susteren delivered to full satisfaction

Geplaatst op: 29 October 2021

The new distribution center in Echt-Susteren has been delivered to P3 Logistic Parks and clearly shows what Pelecon structural engineers can do in the field of building constructions. The consultancy for technical constructions with offices in Gouda and Amersfoort was involved in this project by Dokvast and Heembouw Architecten from the start. Pelecon is responsible for the calculations, drawings and checks of the complete steel construction.

“We started with a sketch design, which we developed in collaboration with Dokvast and Heembouw Architects into what it is now,” says constructor Bastiaan Hoefnagel. “In addition to the standard requirements for distribution halls, such as large column distances and minimum stacking heights for the racks, we had to take into account a main water pipe on the site in this project. In order to guarantee construction safety in the event of unexpected defects in this water pipe, certain corners of the building are founded on piles. The rest of the distribution center is founded on steel. This means that walls and floors rest directly on the load-bearing sandy bottom.”

It looks like one big building
From the outside, the new distribution center looks like one large building. “On the inside, however, it is divided into four halls, with the docks, dock doors and loading pits at the front. Above this is a mezzanine floor with hollow core slabs for the storage of smaller goods. The offices are arranged in the outer corners of the building, with a depth of 22 meters. Behind it are the 150-metre-deep halls.” Because of the many dock doors and window openings in the facades, Pelecon has chosen to make large portal structures. “This creates optimum freedom in passageways in use.”

P3 Logistic Parks
The distribution center was sold by Dokvast to P3 Logistic Parks, which sets specific requirements for the control of the construction. “We tested more intensively than usual in the Netherlands on the construction site whether the reinforcement was installed as prescribed,” explains Hoefnagel. “We also check the hall construction for our design, which guarantees the highest quality.”

From traditional to automated fulfillment center

Geplaatst op: 5 October 2021

Stichd – Tilburg is busy implementing the next step in their journey towards future-proofing Stichd logistics. Together with a team they are building a highly automated fulfillment center. With which different sales channels can be served with equal efficiency. Ultimately, lead times are shortened and they can serve their customers with a higher level of service.

Pelecon is helping to realize this ambition of Stichd. We have provided constructive advice for the further development of their own, traditional logistics hall. So that they will soon be able to use their mechanized storage and handling system there. This issue is not new to us. Nevertheless, we always see it as an inspiring challenge to answer it as appropriately as possible.

Goals and Challenges
Our overall goal is to provide extremely efficient design advice for new technical floors as a bridge from the shuttle area to the expedition section. The challenge for us as consultants is that the engineering of the conveyor belts and stair facilities is efficiently integrated into an existing hall construction. The floor construction is not reinforced. The project comprises approximately 100 tons of structural steel.

Fitting in the Shuttle area is limited with an existing height of a standard logistics hall, which is 13.5 meters internally. That while an automated shuttle building, when newly built, can be up to 35 meters high.

Summarizing
We look back on a great collaboration. Not only with Stichd, but also with partners TGW Systems, Reijerink Staalconstructie, Quadrant4 and ADS Ertner.

Photography: Stichd – Tilburg

Proud of our new client Jysk!

Geplaatst op: 30 September 2021

Jysk is a Danish retail chain that sells household products such as mattresses, furniture and interior items. Jysk is the largest internationally operating Danish retailer, with 3,000 Jysk stores in 52 countries, including the Netherlands for 15 years.

Because Jysk’s share in the Dutch market is growing, they are going to build a large distribution center in The Nederlands. Pelecon joins a compact team of specialists who are preparing and executing this step with Jysk. Both in the run-up to the project, during the choice of location and during the preparation of the construction itself, we advise Jysk on all constructive issues.

We are proud to welcome Jysk as a new client and look forward to an inspiring design and construction process.

Construction extension warehouse Ploeger Harderwijk has started

Geplaatst op: 10 September 2021

PLOEGER LOGISTICS EXTENDS ITS WAREHOUSE IN HARDERWIJK FURTHER WITH ANOTHER 11,220 M² GFA. ON THE BELLSTRAAT, THE LOGISTICS SERVICE PROVIDER HAS TO BUILD THESE EXTRA SQUARE METERS TO MEET THE GROWING DEMAND FROM ITS EXISTING AND NEW CLIENTS. AS THE MAIN CONSTRUCTOR, PELECON WORKS ON THIS ASSIGNMENT FROM DESIGN TO EXECUTION.

When construction is finished at the end of 2021, Ploeger will have a hypermodern warehouse. This brings the total capacity at two locations in Harderwijk to more than 55,000 pallet places. Just like the existing warehouses of Ploeger Logistics, this new warehouse is energy neutral. Something that completely fits their mission and vision. This extension therefore meets high BREEAM requirements. The entire warehouse will even be the most sustainable in the region!

SUSTAINABILITY AMBITION
Our constructive design naturally takes Ploeger’s sustainability ambitions into account. The roofs are able to support a large number of solar panels and the very economical construction ensures minimal use of materials.

OUR CHALLENGE
A unique challenge for Pelecon was the question of how the foundation could be optimized and how the total logistics building could be built in three phases. The construction of phase 1 was already prepared for the expansions. Looking back on the advice, we are satisfied with the result. We will remain involved in the controlling role until the end of 2021, we strive for an equally satisfied view of the end result.

More chicken nuggets in less time

Geplaatst op: 15 July 2021

THE KIPNUGGETS FACTORY OF TYSON FOODS IN OOSTERWOLDE EXPANDS A TOTAL OF 4,500 M². THE INVESTMENT FROM BRAZIL PROVIDES A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACTORY. THE MAIN ADVANTAGE OF THIS: TYSON WILL PRODUCE MORE CHICKEN NUGGETS IN LESS TIME BECAUSE OF THE MORE MODERN PRODUCTION LINE!

Producing food safe is very important to Tyson Foods customers. This also places demands on the construction. The large amount of air treatment requires heavy cabinets on the construction. Freezer halls like this are a real specialty of Pelecon Amersfoort. If it is within -25 degrees, this places specific demands on the constructive structure.

Pelecon will be involved in this project as main constructor up to delivery.