|Installation m²:||95,632 m²|
“During the installation, the innovative furniture lift and repositioning system, Renovisions was also used. With this system, carpet can be replaced very quickly and it is not necessary to move all of the furniture out of the room.”
KAS BANK, a new beginning
KAS BANK, founded in 1806, has recently consolidated its two offices by relocating to a single building in Amsterdam – the beautiful Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal building.
“Moving from two locations to a single location wasn’t easy. Suddenly there are an additional 300 people in the same building”, says Dennis White, Planner/Coordinator Facility Services KAS BANK. The change led to the need for major renovations in the building and as it had a significant impact on staff, advisory groups were formed as part of the ‘KAS BANK United’ project. These advisory groups provided input on the features, materials and colours to be used.
The original carpet flooring, sourced from a different supplier 10 years ago, was in need of replacement. Due to the positive experience with Interface’s carpet in KAS BANK’s other building, as well as the excellent value for money and Interface’s sustainability approach, KAS BANK once again opted for Interface’s modular carpet. “Within our organisation much is done on sustainability, for instance we have LED lighting everywhere and we separate our waste. This is also the reason why we decided to go with the ReEntry® programme offered by Interface. Under this initiative, Interface took the other supplier’s old carpet to be either reused or recycled responsibly,” says Paul Stolk, Head of Facility Management KAS BANK.
Interface’s Concept Designer produced a number of floor plans for the advisory group to choose from. The floor plan using the Common Ground collection in various custom-made colours and shapes was the most appealing and was implemented by the Erkamp project service. A particular colour was selected for each floor: green, blue, red or purple, and a certain pattern such as straight lines, wavy lines, quadrilaterals or spheres. All colours are used in combination with different shades of grey, which ensures that although each floor is different, the entire building maintains a uniform look and feel. “The floors that were still empty were done first, and the carpet was often installed in the evening. In this way there was minimal disruption and we were able to continue working”, says Paul Van Stolk. During the installation, the innovative furniture lift and repositioning system, Renovisions was also used. With this system, carpet can be replaced very quickly and it is not necessary to move all of the furniture out of the room.
From April this year, all employees will be working in this building. This is not only new for the employees, but also for the culture within KAS BANK, which has completely changed; the open format and the glass partitions mean the lines of communication are shorter and the entire organisation has become more transparent. “Employees are very pleased with the refurbished building. The openness and visual appearance are a great success. The acoustics in the hallways, in the elevator and in the offices are top notch. Although there are another 300 people, it’s not