The AFAS Experience Center, a special new-build project of AFAS Software, is being built in Leusden (The Netherlands). The design is based on the changed way of working, learning and living. Everything is integrated with each other, just like the AFAS software. The project is being realized by Dura Vermeer and HOMIJ Technische Installations. Eleqtron works together with HOMIJ for pluggable cabling, including prefab flat cable. Construction and installation work is still in full swing. The delivery of the AFAS Experience Center will take place this year.
AFAS Software is already located in Leusden, a stone’s throw from the new building. However, the AFAS Experience Center will soon offer much more than just a new head office. The enormous complex consists of several buildings that are connected to each other, 62,000 m2 in size. There is a main building with intermediate buildings for demonstrations, sports, training, studios, restaurant and an inner garden. There is also a complete, professional theater building. It has more than 800 seats for own presentations, meetings and long-term theater productions. The AFAS Experience Center has been developed as “sustainable” as possible. For example, the complex is almost energy neutral, green sedum roofs are used and it has no gas connection. Dubotechniek’s installation ONE is used for the generation of heat and cold.
Installations and Building Physics
In collaboration with installation consultant Valstar Simonis and construction physics consultant Peutz, HOMIJ made proposals and specifications for the installations and construction physics. Based on the starting points, but also looking closely at what can be improved and optimized, the project is now being realized in collaboration with Dura Vermeer. Wouter Ruisch is Project Manager at HOMIJ and he explains the new construction of the AFAS Experience Center. “This is definitely a major project for us, with responsibility for all electrical and mechanical installations in the various AFAS buildings. But we have a lot of experience with these kinds of large projects. This suits us very well. What works well here are the short lines of communication with the AFAS construction management. As far as quality is concerned, AFAS always goes for a 10. That is demanding, but we are fine with that. “
DLS installation concept
At AFAS, HOMIJ works with its integral DLS installation concept for non-residential construction. This combines electrical and mechanical facilities. Integrality is already expressed in the design phase, which means that DLS seamlessly integrates into a BIM design process. Prefabrication is used during construction. HOMIJ therefore works directly behind the builders with DLS. Wouter Ruisch: “Working with DLS offers us many advantages. In particular, we can already assemble many mechanical components in our prefabrication workshop. This saves us a lot of money and time. We can use the DLS installation structure over and over again with the different buildings, only then executed slightly differently. The connections run from the floor as much as possible. “HOMIJ, for example, previously worked with the DLS concept at the Nieuwe Universiteitsgebouw Amsterdam, in collaboration with Eleqtron, among others.
Qneqt prefab cable
For the cabling, use was made of, among other things, Qneqt flat cable with the connections already pre-assembled in the right place. “It is nice that this solution from Eleqtron is also a prefab solution. This saves us enormously in costs and time and there are little or no failure costs. Naturally, we also mount the Qneqt flat ribbon cable on the gutter of our DLS installation concept. Almost all E and W components are thus optimally integrated. Eleqtron also supplied the corresponding plug-in cables and the 3- and 5-pole junction boxes. As said, it is a big project. Good cooperation with each other is crucial. That is going well with Eleqtron. “
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