Planon Inaugurates Nijmegen Campus
Planon has opened a new state-of-the-art Innovation Campus in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
The new building features a bar, gym and vegetable garden to promote social interaction, health and well-being, and is connected to the company’s headquarters in the city by a large ‘biophilic’ greenhouse constructed from glass and steel that has been dubbed “Planon Jungle” and will function as a meeting area.
The campus creates an environment to inspire collaboration and support Planon’s research and development activities relating to building and workplace technology.
Solar panels and heat pumps have been installed in the facility, and will be supported by an aquifer thermal energy storage system to ensure the building becomes almost entirely energy neutral at a time when the Government of the Netherlands has announced an ambition for the country to become energy-neutral by 2050.
Pierre Guelen, Planon CEO, comments: “Planon is growing at a rate of 15 to 20 per cent annually and our team is rapidly expanding.
“‘We are committed to keeping our employees a top priority, and believe that our Innovation Campus can inspire and motivate our community in new and exciting ways.”
“Even after the COVID-19 pandemic, many people will continue to work from home,’ he continued. ‘When they do come into the office, we at Planon strive to make this an enjoyable experience filled with stimulating opportunities to collaborate, innovate and celebrate our successes – the office as a clubhouse. We want our people to think, “Great, today is an office day!”
“Research shows that happy and satisfied employees are more creative and productive,” adds Wanda Stoop-Zijlstra, VP Human Resources. “This is why we place high importance on the well-being of our colleagues, and continue investing in new ways to stimulate motivation, such as through our Innovation Campus. We’re excited to see how this inspires our community.”
The Office as Living Lab
Rick Coenen, Innovation Lab manager, says: “Our new campus breathes innovation. It is filled with the latest building and workplace technologies, including sensors that are designed to continuously measure building use and health characteristics. This not only contributes to creating a healthy and sustainable workplace, but it also helps to optimise maintenance and cleaning activities.
“Thanks to real-time insight we are, for example, able to clean only those offices and meeting rooms that have actually been used. Data plays a crucial role in our smart campus. The office is a Living Lab, allowing us to show what is possible today and to create possibilities for the future in the field of innovative building technology. Everything revolves around testing new ideas and experimenting with new and existing technologies. We do this together with start-ups, students, and with our clients and partners, fostering collaboration and co-creation.”