In order to reach an optimally integrated building concept, several installation concepts will have to be investigated and assessed. Not only by us, but by all disciplines. Therefore collaboration is the key word here. As well as being open to the opinion of users, architects, and other consultants.

From the design team will be expected that they succeed - within the budget - to come to a building or complex of buildings that fits in with the ambitions, wishes, and requirements of the client. The final design should offer the opportunity for modifications to the continuous changes within educational field.

We regard the final building as the end product of the collaboration of a team, consisting of:

  • Client;
  • User(s);
  • Construction management agency;
  • Architect;
  • Consultants for construction physics, constructions, and installations.

The quality of this design strongly depends on the level in which the design team members succeed to merge the various disciplines into an integrated design. This requires an intensive, “open”, and “creative” collaboration between client, architect, constructor, and consultant(s), whereby the users must make an active contribution as well. Mutual communication and information are thereby at the centre point. A proper understanding within the design team is essential. The various parties jointly have a lot of knowledge and experience available, also in each other’s field of expertise. In our opinion, it benefits the quality of the end result if the various disciplines take and receive the liberty to make proposals - also in each other’s field of expertise.

Installation concepts are mostly not limited to the own discipline, but often require joint tuning with the constructional/construction-physical design. In case of innovative installation concepts, constructional elements are furthermore regularly used as installation component. The respective element is then subjected to the requirements of various disciplines. This makes the intensive collaboration as sketched as well as Designing Integrally into a condition.

For instance, “concrete core anchoring” has a huge comfort-ability and energetic advantage. Only: acoustically and as far as the construction is concerned this should fit in as well. At the FNWI in Amsterdam, for this reason in the offices this solution was selected, whereby “integrated ceiling isles” solve the acoustics, and carry the lighting, ventilation, and sprinkler installation.

In the chemical labs from VMT and (compulsory) ventilation requirements, a variable debit (tuned to the fume cupboard) was selected, and in the physical labs for ceiling industry (tuned to the cooling demand).