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The Installatie en Bouw magazine features a nice article about Vink Systemen’ work on the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre (RACC) project. Read the full article below:

‘THE ROTTERDAM AHOY CONVENTION CENTER IS A GREAT PROJECT IN EVERY WAY’

In Rotterdam, the finishing touches are being put on the construction of the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre, scheduled to open its doors in September. The expansion includes a unique hall, RTM Stage, which can be used as an auditorium and concert hall. The 2nd and 3rd floors will have as many as 35 breakout rooms that can be used separately or together. It also creates an entirely new entrance building from which Ahoy Plaza, RTM Stage, the exhibition and event halls, Ahoy Arena and all the new breakout rooms are accessible. The design for the expansion was created by Kraaijvanger Architects. Hart van Zuid VOF (Heijmans/Ballast Nedam) is responsible for implementation. On behalf of this contractor combination, Vink Systemen is providing the production, delivery and assembly of the complete air technical installation.

“The Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre is a great project in every way,” says Marc Oudt on behalf of Vink Systemen. “Because not only are we allowed to produce, supply and assemble large numbers of air ducts, we also have to deal with large duct diameters, large air volumes and large heights of up to about 25 meters. In total, we assemble approximately 25,000 m² of rectangular galvanized steel ductwork in new buildings. Much of this ductwork remains in sight, but is barely visible because of the large ceiling heights. The air ducts that do catch the eye are painted in various RAL shades in our own paint shop in Katwijk.”

Aluminum ductwork will be installed in the kitchens. In addition, Vink Systemen supplies various walkable discharge grilles, plenum boxes and soundproof distribution plates. “On the roof of the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre, we mount approximately 3,000 m² of roof channels, which are finished with aluminum stucco cladding,” Oudt says. “As insulation material for the interior, 18,000 m² of Isover Climcover Lamella glass wool blankets (25 mm) were chosen.” To prevent reverberation in the large rooms, several partitions with sound absorbers will be realized. “Because of the great heights at which these silencers must be mounted, we decided to put the silencers on first, and then the building contractor built his walls around the silencers.”

To transport all the materials from Vink Systemen to construction, a total of nearly 200 truck trips are required. “Because the building is suitable for trucking in, we can unload the air ducts very close to the assembly site. All ducts are insulated on the ground before being lifted into the steel structure using aerial platforms, hoists and elevator platforms. To manage this process, sophisticated logistics and project coordination are indispensable. Not only with our own people, but also with the contractor combination and the fitters of the sprinkler pipes and cable trays. In this project, all disciplines work in tandem in a workable schedule. This allows us to work not only efficiently, but also safely at heights. Hardly any changes were made during execution, so schedules and processes were not delayed. The design was very well thought out in advance. Moreover, the common interest is always paramount and practical decisions are made. That makes Hart van Zuid VOF a fine client to work for.”

This article can be found on page 106 of installation and construction magazine – Text Lieke van Zuilekom

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