Aronsohn Management has guided the new construction and renovation of the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science (click here for more information). In 2004, the board of governors decided to outsource heating and cooling facilities for this project and the surrounding buildings. The reasons for this decision were to unburden the client, the expected lower operational costs, and sustainability.
On these premises, the client followed Aronsohn Management’s advice to use a Design, Build, Finance, Maintain and Operate contract (DBFMO). The central energy supply has been procured and realised based on a requirements specification.
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University of Amsterdam


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Construction management from pve to the moving and aftercare, European tenders, monitoring implementation
 The project enveloped design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of the central geothermal heat pump energy plant in the Faculty of Science’s new construction on the Science Park. The contract term for operation spans 25 years and falls completely under the contractor’s responsibility. Next to the faculty building, more buildings are to be constructed in the years to come, such as a hotel, a sports centre and a data centre. It concerns a geothermal energy plant producing sustainable warmth and cooling by means of a heat pump and an earth reservoir. The earth reservoir consists of two double sources (for a total of four sources). The number of sources can be increased if called for by future demands. Furthermore, there is an emergency electricity network for the various users. For the operation of this project, sustainable energy is used..