DSM’s new Biotechnology Center in Delft, the Netherlands, will uniquely combine offices and laboratories provided with state of the art systems and equipment. From 2016, this laboratory will be the centre for biotechnology research, making an important contribution to the biobased economy. Royal HaskoningDHV will be responsible for the project management, ensuring that the modern design created by Cepezed Architects meets user expectations, the safety requirements and the sustainability ambitions.
The construction of the new DSM Biotechnology Center
is an important part of the DSM Fit4Future redevelopment plan which aims to transform the western part of the site into a biotechnology centre. The current laboratory no longer complies with current legislation and regulations, so plans for a new facility were made. In the new building, the different research centres of the DSM Biotechnology Center will be provided with state of the art lab equipment and systems. Users will also have access to the auditorium, two large meeting rooms and 285 office places will be created.
Extended knowlegde of the requirements
Jeroen Samsom, project manager at Royal HaskoningDHV: “Construction had been under way for several months when we were asked to manage the project in November 2014. DSM Delft had a clear brief: manage the project to ensure that the biotechnology centre is completed within budget and on schedule, taking into account the stringent legislation and regulations with which a complex laboratory environment obviously has to comply. Our knowledge of such a lab environment, our experience in new build projects in the medical world, and our expertise with respect to the complex requirements for systems and equipment in laboratories and offices come in useful here. As a founding partner of the Dutch Green Building Council, we are also closely involved with developments relating to BREEAM certification. As such, we can indicate whether minor modifications to the design will affect the sustainability target (BREEAM, very good) while construction is still in progress and make any adjustments. Ultimately, we ensure that everything goes smoothly during construction, that the new laboratory meets all the (safety) requirements and, importantly, that we create an enjoyable workplace with scope for innovation.”