DisciplinesBuilding structures / Management
Project size30.700 m2 GFA
Start of project2018
Completion2019 – 2022 phased delivery
Consulting servicesStructural design including earthquake resistance of the new building and existing buildings, as well as preparing the foundation construction and checking third parties. Management, supervision and pricing
Aronsohn Management is also involved as a project manager in the new build and renovation of ZP7 Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Based on the phase A / B method, the work has been put out to tender on a DO +. A special point of attention was the continuity of education during construction (ongoing process). Under the leadership of Aronsohn, the engineering specification phase has been completed and construction is now taking place. Risk-driven quality assurance is also applied.
As the main structural engineer Aronsohn is responsible for the structural design including the earthquake resistance of the new building and making the existing buildings earthquake proof. Aronsohn is also responsible for the preparation of the foundation structure and supervision of the execution. The design has been developed from Rough Draft to Technichal Design and is recorded in drawings and calculations, cost estimates and the constructive chapters of the specifications. Tendering took place on the basis of the Final Desgin+ and a corresponding technical description and specifications. The building has been designed integrally with the help of BIM (Revit) and the BIM is further elaborated for the purpose of the execution and management of the building.
The building complex at Zernikeplein 7 will be restructured by demolishing parts of the obsolete buildings and replacing them with earthquake-resistant new buildings. The existing buildings to be maintained are being renovated and made earthquake resistant. In total there are 14,900 m2 of new construction and 15,800 m2 of existing buildings. Together, the building elements form a coherent whole in a circular plan. Due to the size of the construction assignment and the importance of the primary process (education), the project is divided into building elements that will be completed in phases.
There will be mainly educational and office functions accommodated in the buildings, with the exception of a number of special functions in the new building, such as a conference hall and dance rooms for dance school Lucia Marthas. Looking at the architectural appearance and the comfort requirements based on the fresh school concept where much daylight is desired, we have focused on a construction with a column structure in which the stability of the building is achieved by portals with momentary connections that mainly take place in the circumference of the building parts (the facades); the so-called seismic facades. The specific nature of the Groningen earthquakes was addressed by choosing flexible buildings with a simple construction of steel gantries and “light” hollow-core slabs. Together with the choice of regular, rectangular floor plans, the seismic loads are recorded as efficiently as possible. As a result, the horizontal load due to an earthquake remains low and costly seismic detailing can be dispensed with.
By introducing regular floor plans and building components, flexibility and ductility in existing buildings, the resilience in an earthquake is greatly improved and additional measures can be minimized.