Happy Holidays!

The 22nd board of Mollier wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We hope you enjoy the holidays and we are looking forward to making 2018 another great year for Mollier!

Recap: Sinterkerst Drink

On the 13th of December, Sinterklaas came back from Spain to organize a drink with Santa Claus and Mollier in the SkyBar. Many members came for the pepernoten, the beers and of course the gezelligheid. We all think it was a lot of fun, so we thank Sinterklaas and Santa and hope they will again organize a drink next year!

Escape Room Battle

On January 18th, Mollier members can try to beat both the clock and each other in an exciting escape room battle! More information can be found here.

Recap: Lunch Lecture #2

On the 6th of December we had the second lunch lecture of the academic year, with guest speakers from Voort and Strukton Worksphere. Voort is a secondment company and is called Voort since September 2016, after the merging of KP&T and TRACÉ. Strukton Worksphere is a contractor focused on installation projects, management and maintenance.

Rob Daams, manager technical support & consultancy at Strukton Worksphere, started with an introduction of the company. Harry Hofman, director circular materials at GBN Group (part of Strukton) provided an interesting lecture about the possibilities of circularity. As a proven example, the ‘Green House’ situated in Utrecht was further elaborated. The Green House opens in March 2018 and might be one of the next excursions of Mollier! It was designed to stay at the same location for 15 years and afterwards it can easily be relocated without losing too much of its initial value. Even the foundation can be reused.

Deborah Dielis, consultant installation technology at Voort, started with an introduction of the company and explained what Voort as a secondment company can provide for you. Koop-Pieter Ziel, project Engineer at Sweegers en de Bruijn and old board member of Mollier (20th board) talked about his journey to find a job with the help of Voort and explained that using a secondment company to find your job will not cost you any money and will result in a job that best suits you. Finally Sam Beckers, recruiter building and installations, who just started at Voort and who will be the new contact person for the students of Mollier, elaborated the options of a TVVL education program.

We want to thank the speakers for sharing their thoughts and experiences with us.

For our members that want to read the lecture slides again or that unfortunately missed the lunch lecture, you can send an email to externalrelations@mollier.nl to receive the presentation(s).

Recap: Excursion Hermitage & Hortus

Last Thursday, fifteen Mollier members went on an excursion to the Hermitage in Amsterdam. After spending some time in traffic, we arrived at the Hermitage. With some coffee, tea and cookies we got a warm welcome by Wouter Flach of Kuijpers in one of the presentation rooms.

Sebastiaan Lagendaal, head of Facilities and Safety at the Hermitage, told us about the project “Tussen Kunst en Kas”, meaning “between art and greenhouse”. In this project, they connected the Hermitage to the Hortus Botanicus. He explained us that an ATES was installed in the Hermitage. This is an Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage and it is used to store energy underground in the form of warm or cold water. However the ATES installation of the Hermitage had a heat surplus. For this, a solution had to be found, which came from the botanical garden Hortus Botanicus. The greenhouses of the botanical garden require a lot of heat and the used installations were pretty old and needed renovation. It took some time and a lot of effort, but eventually 450 meter long pipes were placed between the two sites. The heat surplus of the Hermitage is now being transported at 16-17 degrees Celsius to the Hortus, where the temperature is being raised by a heat pump to 55 degrees Celsius. The resulting cool water from the Hortus is being returned to the Hermitage to cool the exhibition halls. This way both sites profit of the arrangement.

After hearing the process of making this all possible, we got a tour around the project. First we walked through the attic of the Hermitage and could see the ducts of the exhibition rooms towards the installation room, where the real art happens. As it takes some time for an ATES system to run fully optimized, we could see that they were still busy adjusting the systems to make sure it is as energy efficient as possible. We then walked towards the Hortus, following the same route as the pipes that connected both sites. Here we could the see the installation used for heating the water and delivering it to the greenhouses, together with the back-up heating system. Back at the Hermitage we had a delicious lunch, after which everyone could go their own way.

We would like to thank Kuijpers and the Hermitage for showing us this interesting and daring project.

Sinterkerst Drink

Mollier is celebrating the holidays with a Sinterkerst drink on the 13th of December. More information can be found here.

Sinterklaas visits Mollier

Last night, Sinterklaas also visited the Vertigo building and made a stop at floor 2 to put something in the shoes of our members. It looks like all our members were nice this year, since everybody received a small gift from Sinterklaas.

For those who left their shoe at the Mollier desk yesterday, drop by at floor 2 to get your present.

Lunch Lecture #2: Voort & Strukton

On the 6th of December, the companies Voort and Strukton Worksphere will visit us to present some interesting topics. More information can be found here.

Recap: Start Activity

The weekend of the 24th until the 26th of November was the weekend 23 people were waiting for. Friday afternoon we drove to the south with six cars, to a village called Bérisménil. This small village is located in the Ardennes. Here we had a nice dinner of macaroni with a bit too little Bolognese sauce.  Afterwards, everybody was free to play games, chat and drink some beers.

The next day started with an optional hike, which almost everybody participated in. Although the hills in the Ardennes are not that high, the 10 kilometer walk definitely had some rough parts. After the stroll, we had lunch (with knakworst and tosti’s!) and went on our way to the next activity: building a bridge. We were divided in two groups and each group had a different part of the river for their creation. After 75 minutes, the time was up and one group did indeed succeed to build a functional bridge out of the provided materials. The evening was spent at the house, with a Mexican style dinner consisting of nachos, wraps and tacos. Afterwards there was even hot chocolate. That night, games were played, movies were watched and beer was drunk.

The next day, after breakfast with scrambled eggs, the house was cleaned and the bags were packed as this was the day we would leave Belgium and go to Eindhoven again. However, there was still one activity planned before we went home: a visit to the La Chouffe brewery. Here we had a nice presentation about the history of the brewery, the brewing process and of course we had the opportunity to taste some beers. When the beers were finished, the group went on its way back to the north, with a quick stop at McDonald’s for a late lunch.

We would like to thank everyone for making this weekend Mollier-worthy and we hope to see you all at the next activity!