Building preparations, the ‘optimisation phase’: finalising contracts, detailed plans of what the new building will look like. Preparing to move existing utility pipes and cables (for gas, water, electricity and internet access) currently located under the building site.
Building preparations: moving the existing utilities infrastructure and installing new infrastructure, initial activities commence on site.
Building preparations: preparing the assembly drawings.
Finalising the assembly drawings.
Final phase of construction, resolving any outstanding issues, and final check to clear the building for use.
Inaugurating and moving into the new building.
This phase involved developing a preliminary design for the building as a whole, which clearly illustrates the layout and set-up: the functional and spatial layout, routes, facilities for staff and students, architectural appearance and integration of structural, mechanical and electrical installations.
This phase involved developing a detailed design that clearly illustrated the building’s appearance: the internal and external structure; materials, finishes and detailing; structure, type and capacity of the mechanical and electrical installations.
Teams presented two versions of their final design: the first was approved in April 2014 and the alternative version at the beginning of 2015.
This phase was dedicated to refining the technical aspects of the building to enable an accurate estimate of the construction costs.
The next stage was to draw up the financial and contractual agreements. The academy proceeded to initiate a non-public European procurement procedure in order to select a suitable contractor. In September 2015, the academy Accommodations Team arrived at a rough pre-selection of tenderers. Contractors are generally permitted to submit a complete tender, but in this case, they were asked to first present a substantiated proposal before being admitted to the actual selection procedure. The accommodations team then selected a smaller pool of contractors, who were requested to submit their tender and quotation.
This second phase was concluded in September 2015. Construction company M.J. de Nijs en Zonen B.V. from Warmerhuizen was selected as the most economically advantageous tender. They will be the academy’s partner for the construction. De Nijs specialises in relatively difficult inner city projects of all sizes. It mainly operates in Amsterdam and the regions surrounding Alkmaar and Haarlem. De Nijs’s portfolio includes the EYE Film institute, the Hermitage and De Hallen in Amsterdam. Visit www.denijs.nl for more information about the company and its projects.
The academy must apply to the municipality of Amsterdam for the relevant construction permit, taking account of the environmental and special impacts.
The purpose of this phase is to refine the final construction drawings to enable the components, materials and installations to be procured or produced. These drawings and plans will be used for the actual construction and assembly on site.