Year in review: 2016

by Rosanne van Tilburg on December 21, 2016

GROUP A is almost ready for the Winter Holidays. Some deadlines have yet to be met before X-mas. And the annual X-mas party will no doubt be again an organized, wild but cozy event, as it is every year. But before most of us will go into a well-deserved lazy break, I would like once more sharing  GROUP A’s 2016 highlights.

After months of DIY, GROUP A moved to the Keilepand in M4H district in Rotterdam. A brave and excellent decision, as appears at the end of 2016. The first edition of our ‘Last Friday of the Month Party’ was also our opening party, which was smashing with great food and nice people.
At that time also the interior fit-out of AkzoNobel was completed and employees moved into the transparent and stratified AkzoNobel Center at the Zuidas in Amsterdam.

February 2016
At Station Holendrecht, the renovation has started of the 16 stations of the Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam. And even a team of GROUP A moved to Amsterdam to work together with the contractor – Hegeman+ – on this challenging project.

March 2016
GROUP A was selected for the new Learning Lab on the campus of Delft University of Technology !

April 2016
The official openings ceremony of Crematorion Zorgvlied by alderman Peter Bot, was a very special night for all invited, with live music and some kind words by Arpad Nesvadba for the unique design by GROUP A!

May 2016
GROUP A celebrates it’s 20 years anniversary! Therefore we invited all our ex-employees of the last twenty years, to celebrate this with us. It was an unforgettable party with good music, old memories and great dancing moves.

June 2016
Every Thursday we’ve a delicious lunch made by Bianca and Joshua via Philadelphia Zorg. We are very happy with those people and enjoy their warm presence !!

July 2016
Publication on the AkzoNobel and Stibbe buildings at the Zuidas in Amsterdam; an initiative by GROUP A. The realization of a new building is a collective effort of specialists in areas such as architectural design, construction, engineering, management, communication and much more. The book reflects that effort.

August 2016
The first part of Holendrecht Station, part of the renovation Metro Oostlijn Amsterdam, was completed. A wonderful start of the total project of 16 stations. Strikingly photographed by Digidaan.

September 2016
Last September 16, the new station Harderwijk and the adjacent tunnel were completed and officially opened to the public, by Clemens Cornielje, Commissioner of the King, with an impressive  press on the button.
And we had a wonderful BBQ with our neighbours of the ‘De Voedseltuin’. Off course preparing lots of their fresh vegetables from the garden itself, and other nice dishes!!

October 2016
With the arrival of hp architecten to our Keilepand, the Keilecollectief is complete. Besides hp architecten we now share our open work space with De Urbanisten, Bekkering Adams Architecten and  Nieman Raadgevende ingenieurs. Besides sharing work space and exchanging expertise and enthusiasm, we have lunch together every day. An excellent example of synergy.

November 2016
Construction started of our project Bicycle Storage Knoop on the South West side of Utrecht Central Station. The Bicycle Storage is part of the Forum, also designed by GROUP A. Especially for this time of the year the render is in Christmas Style. Thanks to Laura!

December 2016
As every year December is the month of tenders and selections. Overall a chaotic month. However, it is always nice to be successful, just before the year comes to an end. This also applied for the project tender Quick Scans Binckhorst, commissioned by the municipality of The Hague, what seems a nice job.

Finally we wish everyone a merry X-mas and a healthy 2017!

From 9 January GROUP A will be fully operational again, looking forward to roll out new and existing projects and opportunities with all of you.



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