Greenchoice is a supplier of 100% renewable energy and “forest-compensated” gas. What began as a start-up 15 years ago, has grown into a company with 400,000 customers and 275 employees.
Due to the strong growth, Greenchoice needed new housing and a new way of working. The main condition was to stay in Rotterdam. Most employees live close by and they are essential to the company’s success. The new office also had to fit Greenchoice’s image: sustainable, transparent and not too corporate. A location well-connected to public transport and with lots of room for bicycles and electric cars was also on the wish list. With this assignment, Colliers began a search to find the right building.
A special, sustainable building
We knew that a unique office building would become available: the former “Construction Center”. After the war, all parties in the construction and real estate industry established here to rebuild Rotterdam as quickly and efficiently as possible. Information about new building styles, techniques and innovative materials was exhibited and knowledge was shared. A place where collaboration was the central focus.
With the landlord we negotiated an upgrade to energy label B. This was realized with a new climate control system, floor and roof insulation and the use of LED lighting. Greenchoice itself invested in solar panels to realize an A-label.
New workplace concept with focus on collaboration
Together with management and employees we developed a new workplace concept. Workplaces will be shared if possible. There is a large mix of workstations: for concentration, regular work and project work, and scrumming, meeting and brainstorming. This variety will lead to better cooperation, more dynamics and better interaction between departments.
Design with sustainable elements
The interior design reflects sustainability and health. The temperature can be set per area. Walls and ceilings are fitted with acoustic coverings and many plants and trees were used. Sustainable elements can be seen in the woodwork and furniture. FSC wood is used for the desks and tabletops, meeting chairs are made of recycled PET bottles and old aircraft tires are used in parts of the carpeting.
Marjon has been a corporate real estate consultant for more than 20 years. From the start of her career up and until 2012 she worked for DTZ Zadelhoff. She started in the corporate Real Estate department and from 2003 as Associate Director of the Corporate Real Estate department.
Marjon joined AOS in 2012 to lead the Business Unit Real Estate Services team. In October 2014 AOS Group merged with Colliers and Marjon became partner|director of Corporate Real Estate Solutions.
Marjon’s experience and expertise include Strategic Real Estate Plans, Portfolio Optimization, Tenant Representation and Boardroom consultancy.
Vincent has been working in corporate real estate for 22 years. From the start of his career up and until 2002 he worked for DTZ Zadelhoff, first as an agent and later as associate director. From 2002 until 2009 he was board member of LSI project Investment NV, an independant developer, specialed in the (re)development of offices and residential buildings. From 2009 until 2011 Vincent started his own development company Impact Vastgoed. In 2012 and 2013 he was a board member of the new startup 1 Nomij, which was listed at Euronext. He joined AOS in 2014 in the Real Estate Services team with a focus on tenant rep and (re)development. In October 2014 AOS Group merged with Colliers. From 2018 he is responsible for all developments as Director Development
Harry Abbing studied Energy Technique and is certified electro technical engineer. He also has an education in operational management and project management and followed courses in the field of real estate management, building costs, facilities management as well as communication and leadership skills. Before joining AOS (in 2000) Harry already gained an enormous experience and expertise in all aspects of office accommodation, workplace institution and construction projects in various functions for over 10 years.
At AOS he guided a large number of clients in new build and relocations projects.
In October 2014 AOS Group joined Colliers International, forming the new company Colliers International Corporate Solutions. Harrry is Senior Project Manager in this new company.
During my studies I gained work experience at two architectural firms: an internship at Atelier Pro architects in The Hague and a timejob at Drost + van Veen architects in Rotterdam. After my graduation in 2006 I started working as an interior architect at Architects Van Mourik in The Hague. In the same year I received two nominations for her work: the encouragement prize from Architects van Mourik and the design award from the province South-Holland. In 2006 I joined Architects van Mourik in den Haag and in 2010 I joined OIII architects in Amsterdam.
Here I was involved in concept design from initial to final phase, mainly developing concept designs on a detail level. I have much experience in designing customized furniture and compiling material and color palettes with a focus on the use of sustainable materials. My signature projects include the application of textiles in interior designs resulting in more refinement. Among my professional accomplishments are the design of a board of directors’ wing for Rabobank, working closely together with internationally renowned designers like Jurgen Bey and Aleksandra Gaca and involved in the decision making process.
Fields of experience are the sectors higher education, hospitality and offices, specializing in new ways of working.
In June 2015 I joined Colliers International.
During my education I gained experience in various internships, among which an interior design placement at different locations of Nationale Nederlanden and an internship at Van Schagen architects.
Following my study I have working as a freelancer designer, executing various design assignments.
At Colliers I am part of the Workplace Design team in The Netherlands, designing work environments and branding elements.
Besides my work I am occupied as a judo-athlete and still busy with this fulltime top-class sport career to reach the highest goal there is: the Olympic Games. During my career I established an impressive track record.
I use this side of my development and experience in the seminars I gives on High Performance Working: the similarities and differences between top-level sport and work.
From this angle I am also involved in the new 'Quantified Workplace’ concept development.