Published on: 22 July 2019

Meet our team: Martijn Volkers

Meet our team: Martijn Volkers

Team member in the spotlight: Martijn Volkers

Martijn Volkers started as a Project Manager at the Groot Handelsgebouw in December 2017. With his sense of humour, he soon became part of the team. Martijn has three children and likes riding his motorbike in his free time. He trained as a building engineer. One of his project management responsibilities is maintaining the concrete.

“In the past, this was used by the wholesalers for transporting their goods.”

A lot of concrete

“Unlike other buildings, the Groot Handelsgebouw consists largely of concrete,” says Martijn. “It’s not just the facade; the window frames, railings and awnings for shade are also made of concrete in the Groot Handelsgebouw. What’s more, we have a concrete bridge at the back of the building. In the past, this was used by the wholesalers for transporting their goods. A lot of my time is taken up with the concrete maintenance but I also work on the maintenance of the roofs and air-conditioning systems, for example.”

“I think it’s quite an achievement to keep such a big building up and running.”

Ahead of its time

“My job is incredibly varied. I work on something different every day. I find the team great fun too. That makes the job enjoyable. Everyone in the team is really committed to the Groot Handelsgebouw.” Martijn is also proud of his work. “I think it’s quite an achievement to keep such a big building up and running. The building has always been ahead of its time in terms of its design and its installed systems. For instance, we have had heat and cold storage for ages. The Groot Handelsgebouw is a listed building but it was still able to get energy label A. It was even awarded an In-Use BREEAM-NL sustainability certificate in the ‘Very Good’ class. We can be proud of that.”

A technical man who loves his job

Martijn’s favourite locations in the Groot Handelsgebouw also show that he is a technical man who loves his job. “I think the inner basin areas are great. Take the roof terrace on the second storey. When you’re there, you are actually in the heart of the building. Or the dispatching area. When you see the aisles on three levels, you can see how the building would have been used by the wholesalers in the past. It’s an incredibly cool building.”

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