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Geplaatst op: 21 December 2021

Years ago we were involved in the construction of the Rabobank building in Nijkerk from the former Pelecon Amersfoort (Reijneveld Engineering). Now this building is being transformed into the town hall of Nijkerk. So we know this building well and that makes the consulting process for the construction easier. For this assignment, Pelecon is working together with LSa (representation of the municipality of Nijkerk) and Van Bokhorst Architects from Nijkerk. A fine team for an inspiring project in which we, as engineers, have our role.

Changes within an existing building are always challenging. That also applies to the building of the municipality of Nijkerk, where in this case the council chamber is an important issue for us. It stands on sloping concrete columns that also guarantee the stability of the council chamber in an inventive way. In addition, the facade is completely covered with glass, so that we literally create a transparent government! The stability of the building must be adapted in such a way that this transparent facade can actually be realized. Therefore, a Senior Structural Engineer and 3D Modeler from Pelecon joined the drawing board for the design. An Advisor to Building Structures helped with the sketches for the columns, literally with a sketch roller and felt-tip pens.

Now that the City Council has agreed to the Final Design, we will quickly move on to producing specification documents and implementation drawings in 2022.

Geplaatst op: 26 November 2021

In Hoofddorp, a new office building is being developed for Intralox, the leading provider of transportation solutions that helps move the world’s most critical products. The total surface area is almost 25,000 m², with the industrial building consisting of a low-rise building of approximately 9.5 meters high and a high-rise building of approximately 20 meters high. A great challenge for Pelecon, in which the issue of stability primarily demanded our attention.

Although Intralox offers transport solutions, this is not a distribution center. However, production/assembly does take place in the low-rise building and storage in the high-rise of the hall. The office, which was larger in the first design but has been reduced in the final design due to many working from home, is two-storey, with the facade having an open structure with a lot of glass.

The role of Pelecon
Pelecon has been involved in this project as the main structural engineer from the first design. During the design phase, the stability of the building was our biggest challenge. The office has a very open structure, which makes vertical connections undesirable. As a result, we had to work with stability portals. In the industrial building, the low- and high-rise buildings are not separated from each other and there is free passage on the ground floor from one part of the building to the other. So there is a big leap in the roof construction here, resulting in high trusses in the facade of the high-rise building. The transfer of stability forces from the two roof levels therefore required our full attention!

Schedule
The Intralox Hoofddorp project is in full preparation. The final touches will be put on the implementation documents in the coming weeks. Systabo has already started preparing the site for construction, so that the piling work can start in week three of the following year.

Photo credits: Systabo

Column partner André Verschoor in “Bouwen met Staal”

Geplaatst op: 13 September 2021

Did you know that our colleague André Verschoor writes a column for every issue of the professional magazine Bouwen met Staal? The latest column, number 4, is about a straight back in difficult choices about safety. Curious? Read the column here.

The magazine is full of good articles about building with steel. Buy the magazine or become a member!

Summer holiday Pelecon Gouda and Amersfoort

Geplaatst op: 30 July 2021

It has been a month since we signed the merger contract. This first month was one in which our colleagues from Amersfoort and Gouda got to know each other better, in which we worked together for the first time. And not without success! A number of new assignments have already been started. According to plan, because we have a growth ambition. In people, expertise and assignments! National and international.

We have challenging work planned for the coming six months with an immense number of square meters in both the Netherlands and abroad. But….. we are now going to enjoy a well-deserved holiday from Monday August 2 to Friday August 13.

We are limited available these weeks. Do you still need our advice? Feel free to contact us via info@pelecon.nl.

Have a nice summer vacation for now.

Pelecon structural engineers stronger after merger with Reijneveld Engineering

Geplaatst op: 29 June 2021

Pelecon structural engineers and Reijneveld Engineering; stronger together. The merger will be official from June 29, 2021. Ambitions are merged, creating one team, led by an enthusiastic management. André Verschoor, Mack Stolwijk and Henk van Vliet bundle their consultancy firms for structural constructions and continue together with the name: Pelecon structural engineers. With branches in Gouda and Amersfoort.

The desire to grow in people, expertise and assignments has existed at both companies for a long time. Just like the desire to give the team the opportunity to develop. To learn from new colleagues and to carry out other challenging assignments in the Netherlands and abroad. Pelecon Gouda and Pelecon Amersfoort, as the locations are called, will remain the same in terms of team composition. “In that respect, our regular customers will still feel welcome at our office after the merger. Our challenge is to continue to surprise with an ever-growing expertise,” says Henk van Vliet.

Stronger together!
Mack continues: “We are going to share the best of both companies. The biggest advantage of this is that we can serve our potential and existing customers even better because of the larger capacity. We can also innovate more easily as one Pelecon than before. For example for 3D-BIM and parametric design. We want to take big steps together with the integration of our calculation and modeling work to be able to design even more sharply. Sustainability is an important aspect; we will be working with our clients throughout Pelecon to drastically reduce the negative environmental impact of the structures we have designed.”

A merger offers opportunities in new business
André Verschoor explains that the merger creates many opportunities: “We are already very strong in logistics real estate, industry and stacked housing. As a larger agency, we can and want to participate in European tenders in the future, for example for schools, town halls or museums. For example, we are available for quick scans, design sketches and second opinions.”

In short: the three gentlemen are eagerly looking forward to the future, in which entrepreneurship will hopefully yield good results. The team is on edge, ready to take on the new challenge!

50% Less CO2 emissions in 2030, we go for it!

Geplaatst op: 9 June 2021

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING IS NATURAL IN THE NETHERLANDS. BUT WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH PELECON. THAT is why OUR GRADUATION STUDENT BAS VAN DEN DOOL RESEARCHED INTO THE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING OF LOGISTICS CENTERS. WE WANT TO EMIT 50% LESS CO2 DURING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONSTRUCTION BY 2030 IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE CLIMATE AGREEMENT GUIDELINES THAT APPLY AT THE TIME. A BEAUTIFUL AMBITION AND TO REACH IT WE MUST TAKE STEPS. WE ARE READY!

Bas has conducted specific research into CO2 saving developments that can be applied within the construction of a logistics building. His research shows that there are two sustainable solutions for concrete that can reduce the shadow costs of a building. The application of ‘Freement’ was investigated, but also of geopolymers as cement replacements. Freement is a product that has already been used in many of our designs, it has also been Komo approved since last year. Geopolymer as a cement replacement is still in its infancy and much research still needs to be done into the long-term effects in particular, but can become the sustainable alternative to Portland cement.

STRONGER STEELS

A CO2 reduction has also been achieved for steel by using even stronger types of steel in steel structures than we currently use. By designing the construction with stronger steel, less steel is needed to achieve the same load-bearing capacity for the construction. This way you save steel and therefore also CO2 emissions!

A SECOND LIFE

By giving a construction a second life, you also realize a strong CO2 reduction. Finally, developments of design/policy were examined. The first is the principle of “remountable construction”, also known as “circular construction”. Construction elements are created here that can be dismantled without a demolition hammer at the end of their service life. It is not possible to completely disassemble and reassemble a building. But by investigating the possibilities with all project partners and product suppliers, we take each project one step further.

ADVICE ON SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTIONS

This is of course a quick summary of Bas’ complete research. We’ve left out the hard numbers, we’ll keep them to ourselves. Advice on durable, demountable and remountable constructions is part of our daily work. Would you like advice on this; please contact us via email info@pelecon.nl or call our advisors on 0182-231400.

THE FUTURE OF BAS

We take Bas’ complete research to heart; it is of great added value to us. We are therefore confident that Bas will find a challenging job after graduating, and his future employer will in any case bring in a good workforce. And who knows, we might be!

Today is secretary’s day

Geplaatst op: 15 April 2021

Centipede, all-rounder, spider in the web… .. Just a few synonyms for our secretaries Margriet Amersfoort and Yvonne Leenart. Thanks to the support of these two, the team can do what they do best: calculate, draw and check on load-bearing and stability structures! Pelecon runs optimally and efficiently!

We wish every company such a Margriet and Yvonne; they are indispensable!

Project in the picture

Geplaatst op: 29 March 2021

Sometimes it takes a while before a project for which we have calculated and drawn the construction is completely ready. This also applies to the new departure hall of Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Recently, beautiful photos were taken where the construction of the building is clearly visible.

Would you like to know exactly what our role was within this project? Click here.

Design Rotterdam The Hague Airport: Moen & van Oosten Architekten

Pelecon saves for the food bank

Geplaatst op: 5 February 2021

WITH PELECON, WE LIKE TO WORK FOR A GOOD PURPOSE. WHEN OUR COLLEAGUE PASCAL WAS REQUESTED BY LIONS CLUB HERA FROM GOUDA WHETHER PELECON WANTED TO “SAVE” FOR THE FOOD BANK, WE OF COURSE DIDN’T DOUBT FOR A MOMENT ABOUT THIS.

Food banks (Voedselbanken Nederland) in the Netherlands distribute packages of food products every week among selected families, singles and homeless people. Most of these products are made available by food producers and distributors. In today’s difficult times, these organizations are less able to donate products to food banks than before. Lions clubs in the Netherlands have therefore started to collect Douwe Egberts points, the value of which is increased by 15% by Douwe Egberts. Subsequently, the points are exchanged for packs of coffee that are donated to the Food Bank. What started as a spontaneous campaign in Voorburg has now grown into a widely supported national collection involving over 120 Lions clubs, all food banks in the Netherlands and over 10,000 volunteers.

DOUWE EGBERTS POINTS BOX

After a nice conversation with the ladies of Lions Club Hera, Pelecon was soon appointed as a collection point for companies from Gouda. We got a box at the office in which we did not only do our own Douwe Egberts points. We have also actively recruited among our relations, they were enthusiastic and, after hearing or reading about our box, spontaneously brought along their Douwe Egberts points!

THE PROFIT!

Last edition, the food banks received a total of 134,000 packs of coffee. This means that one family can be provided with one pack of coffee every 2 weeks. A fantastic yield! We will be a collection point for Douwe Egberts points again next year! Can you help us by saving your points for our box for the coming year? Thanks!

Constructor / modelor Evelijn tells….

Geplaatst op: 5 February 2021

AT 23 YEARS OLD, EVELIJN VAN DRIEL IS ONE OF OUR YOUNGEST CONSTRUCTORS / MODELERS. SHE IS ENTHUSIASTIC, CURIOUS AND ABOVE ALL VERY LEARNING. Curious about what EVELIJN finds so inspiring about her work?

From a very young age, Evelijn knew that she wanted to follow a technical training. “During my secondary school years I did an internship with an architect. I found the technical side of the design process particularly interesting, which is why the choice for HBO Bouwkunde was quickly made ”, says Evelijn.

PARAMETRIC DESIGNS

Evelijn already worked at Pelecon during her HBO studies in Architecture. Her third-year internship as well as her graduation internship took place at our office in Gouda. Evelijn continues: “During my graduation research I examined the role of parametric design. Parametric design is a process in which a technical design is created based on data or relationships between parts. I have focused on the role of programming, so automating the calculation and drawing of the construction during a construction job. I have researched several methods that showed that specific software is indispensable. At Pelecon we also use such a method: Revit.”

MY WORK AS A CONSTRUCTOR / MODELER

“In my work as a constructor I make the calculations for, among other things, the profiles, columns, floors and walls that are required for a building. As a modeller, I then completely draw the structures into a 3D model. I always work under the guidance of an experienced constructor / modeller. He gives me the guidelines, a sketch of which profiles, how many columns. It is then up to me to work this out. The best thing is to construct and model for one project ourselves, but we do not do enough for the project. My colleagues may have different or better insights that they use in modeling, which in turn improves the constructive calculation. That’s how we work together at Pelecon as a strong team!”

A SMALL, EXCITING ASSIGNMENT

“What I enjoy most is working on a home. It is often a somewhat smaller, more exciting assignment. A hall or office often comes down to the same thing, a home is never the same! You have other challenges; sometimes it concerns a renovation of which not all details are known! Don’t get it wrong; I love working on a large, imposing hall. But a house is just a bit more tangible than a box of blocks! ”

PRIDE!

“At the moment I make the constructive calculations for a large project. A massive building from which I learn a lot. It is challenging, sometimes difficult, but it keeps me on my toes! I can’t give details yet, I’ll share more on this later. It will certainly be one of the projects that I am very proud of afterwards! ”