FrieslandCampina has established a new state-of-the-art Innovation Centre in Wageningen. Various research and development disciplines, laboratories and a pilot plant have been brought together in this highly sustainable building, where innovators work together.
The building consists of four parts; a large pilot plant with cooling and storage rooms and three building units, accommodating the laboratories and offices, connected by broad footbridges and atriums.
In the central atrium a fascinating spectacle develops from a white fluid shape that starts at the reception desk, winds itself up three storeys high and then goes down to the experience centre to eventually end up in a staircase. The milk splash is symbolic for the innovative power of FrieslandCampina.
The laboratory tables have been specifically designed for FrieslandCampina and they have worktops that are made of seamless glued Corian. The floors are different from the usual seamlessly cast floors as well. Maintenance and hygiene have been given top priority.
The pilot plant also has been given a special perspective, as it can be fully viewed both from the experience centre and from the coffee bar on the first floor. The building also contains a so-called experience centre, an innovation kitchen and a bakery, in which visitors and employees of FrieslandCampina from all over the world can taste, smell and feel products in an inspiring environment.
Innovation Centre in figures
The FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre in figures:
- about 4,600 m2 of laboratories and taste testings
- a pilot plant covering 2,500 m2
- 3,800 m2 of facility areas and
- 7,100 m2 of office space
- a total staff of 450 (350 research & development).
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Sustainability has been an important starting point in the design of the FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre. Apart from a heat/cold storage and photovoltaic cells, sustainable energy is, through certificates, based on biogas generated at the dairy farms. The high insulation level of the building shell and innovative adiabatic cooling systems reduce the energy consumption even further. For lighting high-efficiency fluorescent lighting combined with the latest generation LED lighting is used. The atrium contains state-of-the-art techniques of sustainable climate systems.
The rise of electric means of transport is anticipated by the provision of charging points for cars, scooters and/or bicycles. In order to stimulate the use of bicycles, staff can use showers.
The BREEAM certification has been applied and the aim is to reach the Very Good performance level. BREEAM is the most important and most commonly used sustainability certification for buildings in the world. Here the aspects of management, health, energy, transport, water, use of materials, waste and use of land are assessed.
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