On 12 February 2020, President of the Board of the University of Groningen, Jouke de Vries, and representatives of installation company De Groot-Lammerink Installatiecombinatie B.V., Erik Lammerink and Harry Drenth, signed the contract for the technical installation work to be carried out on the new Feringa Building. De Groot-Lammerink will join the team of contractors alongside construction contractor Ballast Nedam, which made a start on the building work last summer.
‘We are very happy that by selecting De Groot-Lammerink, we now also have a fantastic installer on board for the Feringa Building,’ says President of the Board, De Vries.
De Groot-Lammerink is a collaboration between De Groot Installatiegroep (based in Emmen) and Lammerink Installatiegroup (in Ootmarsum). Together, with establishments in Groningen, Joure and Leek, they will get to work on the technical installation tasks for the purposes of the building’s climate, water and electricity systems, among other things.
Lammerink and Drenth are proud to have been awarded this task: ‘It is great that we can now join in on working towards the realization of this wonderful building project. The project connects with our strategic ambitions and goals for growth. We will immediately follow the pace of the construction contractor in order to be able to work together efficiently.’
Last summer, Ballast Nedam began to work on the foundation of the building (see how this process was carried out with minimal nuisance). Now, all of the approximately 2,000 piles of phase 1 have been fixed into the ground. What’s more, large construction cranes have begun to arrive at the scene, with which the first steel constructions can soon be built.
The design of the Feringa Building comprises three linked V-shaped wings. An attractive, broad path will be built along the entire length of the glass front façade, to link the three wings and provide a good view of the campus. The building will be no fewer than 260 metres long, 63 metres wide and five storeys high.
Professor of Organic Chemistry Ben Feringa, after whom the building is named, currently conducts his Nobel Prize-winning research in Nijenborgh 4, which will be replaced by the Feringa Building in phases. Construction phase 1 is expected to be finished in the summer of 2021. Phase 2 will start at the beginning of 2022, to be completed mid-2023. The Feringa Building, ‘home to Nobel Prize winners’, underpins the University’s ambition to continue contributing to important international research in fields such as chemical engineering, nanotechnology, material research and astronomy.
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