Today in Haasrode (Leuven), work began on the new Belgian headquarters of technology company Simac. The first spade was symbolically pulled by Leuven's mayor Mohamed Ridouani and governor Jan Spooren of Flemish Brabant. The new building will provide 140 employees with a place to work and is particularly ecological in design.
The mayor of Leuven and the governor of the province of Flemish Brabant gave the first spade blow in the presence of alderman for economics Lalynn Wadera, alderman for work Johan Geleyns, CEO Eric van Schagen of the Simac holding, representatives of the construction company Vanhout, architectural firm Architects in Motion, representatives of the intermunicipal company Interleuven and the management team of Simac ICT Belgium.
Simac ICT Belgium has been a fixture in Flemish Brabant for decades. The current headquarters in Kortenberg has been in use since 1997. Simac has been awarded the Trends Gazelle Award for Flemish Brabant several times by Trends. Apart from the Kortenberg branch, Simac also has satellite offices in Heverlee, Pulderbos, Bastogne and Lummen. In this way, Simac employees can work closer to home and closer to the clients.
The new headquarters will be in the Research Park Haasrode, on the site where Simac previously had an office and a warehouse. The building has a particularly ecological layout, follows a BEN (Nearly Energy Neutral) design and provides for, among other things, 30 charging points for electric vehicles, economical energy management and reuse of rainwater. It goes without saying that the most advanced techniques are used for the new building, including concrete core activation as climate control and the extensive use of home automation. The building was designed by the architectural firm Architects in Motion and the construction was entrusted to Vanhout. The construction involves an investment of over 10 million euros.
"Simac considers sustainability and corporate social responsibility very important," says Eric van Schagen, CEO of Simac Techniek NV. "That explains the many environmental measures we are taking around our new building in Belgium. I also see many similarities between Flemish Brabant and the region in which Simac was founded, North Brabant in the Netherlands. The proximity of colleges and universities provides us with well-trained employees, and both Leuven and the Brainport region around Eindhoven are world players in terms of innovation and development."
"It is no coincidence that Leuven was awarded the title of European Capital of Innovation by the European Commission," says Mayor Mohamed Ridouani. "Our city, with its knowledge institutions and companies, is a world leader in the field of technology. We are therefore particularly delighted that a growth company like Simac is coming to Leuven and will help to provide additional innovation and employment here."
CEO Patrick Bontinckx of Simac ICT Belgium adds, "We are anchored here, and also count many clients, including the Provincial Government of Flemish Brabant and various municipalities. With our new, modern headquarters, where it will be even more pleasant to work, we will be even better able to attract new employees and serve our customers more efficiently. We are going for growth, and want to achieve it here in Haasrode."