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VanLien provides complete and reliable solutions for safe evacuation. For every phase of the construction process: from design and installation to operation and renovation. Take a look at our projects on this page.
How do you combine increased safety with low energy usage in the ultimate design environment? The Edge, the most sustainable building in the world, is located in Amsterdam and sets a contemporary standard with Evago emergency lighting by VanLien. The green pictogram plates are optimally visible in daylight, while the powerful LED lighting provides an energy saving of 57% compared to standard fluorescent tubes. While the pictogram plate is eye-catching, the design ensures a serene overall look. The frameless Evago intelligently blends in with its surroundings. That is the power of emergency lighting by VanLien. It only attracts attention when needed.
The use of large glass walls in contemporary architecture places new demands on escape route indication. The pictogram plate must be clearly visible in daylight so that users of the building can find their way in case of emergency. Tim Sluiter, Deloitte project manager for The Edge: "We have a large atrium and open walkways - large open spaces that are also very light. Daylight or reflections may thus reduce the visibility of the escape route. A characteristic feature of Evago is its good visibility. From one side of the walkway, you can look all the way to the other side, where the indication is clearly visible. Of course Deloitte focuses on health and safety, because our people are our capital. Therefore we have to treat them with care. Needless to say that emergency lighting is an essential aspect of this."
Evago escape route indication illuminates the pictogram plate with a powerful 500 cd/m2. Thanks to powerful LED technology, the pictogram plate emits an even and bright light over its entire surface. Over a period of twelve years, this results in energy and maintenance savings of 57% compared to fluorescent tubes. Because of the long lifespan of 100,000 hours, you will need to replace the light source ten times less often over a period of twelve years.
Focus on design
This building is built in a very transparent way, with clean lines and advanced materials, meaning there is no place to hide bulky luminaires. We needed fine, well thought-out luminaires that matched our vision for the building. In the end, we chose the Evago, with its thin plate and steel frame. Of course, this lighting fixture meets all legal requirements and the luminaire is clearly visible from a distance of 32 metres." - Tim Sluiter.
A view of the port of Scheveningen, first-class catering at your fingertips and a working environment that inspires and facilitates - who wouldn't want that? Recently such an environment has become available: the flexible workstations of Team intro on the trendy Dr. Lelykade in Scheveningen. The ground floor has flexible workplaces, the first floor is used by Team Intro itself. Optimum escape safety is guaranteed by the escape route indication and lighting provided by the high-quality Evago designer luminaires by VanLien.
Not an office but a ‘base’
The new office environment of Team Intro has only recently been in use but already has a decent history. The Hague-based architectural firm DAVL Studio drew up the design which began with a design for the restaurant. However, during construction the building changed ownership, which also led to a partial change in plans. Employment agency Team Intro became the new owner and found in the building at the Scheveningen harbor, an ideal office and flexible working environment. “We didn't want to make it a traditional office but a 'base'," tells Serge Soyer, owner of Team Intro. "An environment project where we bring people together to get work done together. A building that also reflects our philosophy." The fact that the company is successful with this is evident on a daily basis. Not only with temporary staffing, but also with other solutions, such as staffing, payrolling and training. All from one central location and with a focus on The Hague and Rotterdam.
Increasingly fine detailing
We talk to André van Lier of DAVL Studio architecture firm about this special location. An inspired man who seems to be the personification of the Bauhaus style. An artist, designer and architect in one who wants to get involved in the form and materialization of a building, but also wants to be at the wheel of every detail of the interior design. "The creation of such an office resembles a funnel or bottleneck," says André van Lier. "You start big and wide with the design of the building in the area where it will be located. Gradually you go to a finer and finer detailing. And I also want to be involved in the smallest details, because it's those little details that can be big and defining."
This passionate approach is evident from everything, starting with the design of the building, which is oriented towards the port like a rectangular box with the long side. The ground floor looks light and transparent because of the large windows. Above are the offices. The finish here is more closed with round windows as portholes; a reference to the many yachts and ships lying in the harbor. The basement, which runs under the entire building, includes kitchens, training rooms and storage. Anyone entering the building does not immediately have the impression of being in an office environment. The central bar with barista is surrounded by seats, workplaces, quiet rooms and a large meeting room. Striking is the frequent use of steel, leather and wood that is alternated here and there with sparkling colors. This use of materials can also be found upstairs; here, among other things, in what is undoubtedly the longest desk in the Netherlands. All custom-designed and custom-made.
Escape route indication and lighting.
It is inevitable that the escape route indication and escape route lighting also attracted the architect's attention. André van Lier: “The subject of escape safety is often a sensitive issue for designers and architects. Many of the escape safety products are too large, too different or simply too ugly and therefore often do not fit within the design that an architect has in mind. As a designer and architect, you are always looking for a party that knows how to combine knowledge and product quality with a beautiful and varied product design. This is certainly the case with VanLien; the sales engineer gave advice on location. With their Evago-range escape route indication and escape route lighting, they prove that they have fully understood that emergency lighting is difficult to reconcile. For safety reasons, it should be as conspicuous as possible, but from an aesthetic point of view, you want a luminaire that is as inconspicuous as possible. The Evago luminaire is slim and is exactly as wide as the cable tray to which it is attached. Hardly disturbing, but very functional."
VanLien's Evago series brings together decades of emergency lighting expertise and aesthetic product design. The minimalist, sleek design and the uniformly illuminated pictogram, which is combined with the trusted VanLien product quality, are characteristics of this product. The Evago escape route indication is available for viewing distances of 22 and 32 meters. Kees Both, sales engineer VanLien at ABB: "Through smart energy absorption of the grid, Evago has a power factor of more than 0.95; this means that the end user has an energy-efficient luminaire. The light output of 500 cd/m2 is achieved by a sophisticated LED lighting technique that endures for many years and ensures less maintenance." In addition to the escape route indication, Evago escape route lighting was also chosen. André van Lier: "Not an ugly box glued to the ceiling, but a beautiful and modest built-in luminaire that is barely noticeable on the ceiling. A real challenge because the ceiling was already there when this built-in variant was chosen. But the result is impressive."
At Sligro they do not leave their employees out in the cold. And so the cold stores and freezers of the new Deventer location were equipped with VanLien emergency lighting from ABB. The emergency power supply was placed outside the cold rooms to ensure optimum security and safety.
An impressive new Sligro distribution center is being built at the A1 business park in Deventer. The building represents the new activities of the wholesaler, says Mark Stabel, technical buyer electrical at Sligro: “In 2017, we expanded our services by taking over wholesale and delivery services from Heineken. We delivered a lot of chips and nuts, Heineken of course, drinks for catering companies and events. We still do that now. The acquisition means that we have to integrate our delivery service and that of Heineken, which includes new locations, including one here in Deventer. This new building includes a distribution center, offices, a collection counter and cold stores.” There are a total of eight locations in which Sligro integrates the two services. Whereas two separate trucks currently drive to customers, one from Sligro and one from Heineken, that will soon be just one.
For Mark Stabel, it is the third project in four years, so he knows what requirements and wishes he has in terms of electrical engineering. “Our concept is formulated, so we then engage an electrical installer and pass on our requirements and desired partners to them.” The fact that ABB and VanLien are among them is a obvious given for Stabel. “VanLien is a premium brand for emergency lighting. Based on our previous experiences, we always go with this brand. Their lighting fixtures always work and any problems are solved quickly.”
Nice piece of technology
The installer for this project was Gedo Elektro from Veghel. Carl Manders, owner of Gedo: “We do a lot of work for Sligro. These are always fun, technical assignments. It was their wish to work with ABB. That has everything to do with the good service they provide for the various components. In addition, ABB was already our in-house brand.” The project in Deventer was a fun job for Gedo, says Manders: “In this project, the batteries are at a central location and not in the field. This has to do with the temperature in the cold stores and freezers. That is a nice piece of technology. We had tight deadlines here and also had to deal with customization. However, that went very well.” He is satisfied with the end result: “It looks good. The office now has really beautiful fixtures, that is thanks to ABB using VanLien emergency lighting. The Evago fixtures are very chic. And VanLien is simply a top brand.” All three parties emphasize that the cooperation was very good. Despite the intense time pressure, all deadlines were met. Carl Manders: “Good agreements were made among themselves and all parties worked together well.”
Different types of fixtures
Three different types of products were used to provide the best fixtures for all rooms. Rolf Kremer, account manager at ABB, explains how that works: “Our newest, weather-resistant Lutia type fixtures were used outside on the facade. We opted for Evago fixtures in the offices. Thanks to their sleek design, they fit perfectly in the beautiful spaces. Emergency lighting of the Aqualux type were installed in the cold stores and freezers, in combination with Emex Power.” This system consists of a number of switched batteries that are continually charged and checked. Because batteries do not really like cold, the emergency power supply has been placed in the technical room. “This way you always know for sure that the emergency lighting works in the event of an emergency.” Mark Stabel adds: “We want to be sure that our employees can flee quickly in the event of an emergency. In our freezer room, that is certainly of great importance. We only work with premium brands at Sligro. With VanLien emergency lighting, ABB is certainly counted among them. The safety of our employees is always paramount, we do not skimp on that.”
The following VanLien fixtures are used in the new Sligro building:
Reference video Sligro