Stimulus plan extended through 2011
“Plan d´investissement special,” or PIS for short, is the name of the stimulus plan implemented by the Belgian government from 2004-2008 to encourage the retrofitting of public buildings, and which now has been extended through 2011. Overwhelmingly, the investments have been used for retrofitting subsidized housing, as in the “Peterbos 2” project in Brussels.
This building, which is 45 meters tall and 60 meters long and houses more than 300 people, is being fitted with heat insulation; it is undergoing a flat-roof renovation, and new windows are being installed. Overall, the work will take about a year. Jacobs & Sohn S.p.r.l., from Burg-Reuland, Belgium, has been hired to carry out the scaffolding work, heat insulation and flat-roof renovation.
Unlike in Germany, Belgian scaffolders tend to be qualified in multiple areas. Thus the technical workers employed by Jacobs & Sohn S.p.r.l. are simultaneously skilled scaffolders, tilers and roofers.
The historical Belgian company, founded in 1923 and now run by the third and fourth generation of the Jacobs family – father Alfred and son Serge – has always procured its scaffolding from MJ-Gerüst GmbH in Plettenberg. For this property alone, they invested in 4,000 square meters of new MJ UNI 70, including steel decks and toe boards. The scaffolding is being constructed and/or implemented in two sections, so in total the project involves 8,000 square meters of scaffolding. Jacobs & Sohn S.p.r.l. also purchased a new passenger/freight elevator for this project, a Geda 500 Z/ZP, from MJ-Gerüst GmbH.
“Today we are one of the largest roofing companies in Belgium, and we employ an average of 140 people,” says Alfred Jacobs in conversation. “1/3 of our work is currently supported by the PIS program; through this, we are working on multiple properties in Belgium. Flexibility, fast deliveries, trained specialized personnel and an ability to meet deadlines are the qualities that help us win our contracts. In order to secure this in the long term, we need flexible partners on the supplier side. MJ-Gerüst GmbH, with whom we have been working since our first scaffolding investment more than 15 years ago, fulfills our expectations 100%. They provide us with the right quality, service and reliability.”
Just like the scaffolding, which was delivered directly to Belgium by the manufacturing plant in Plettenberg via four tractor-trailers, the statics for this project were provided by MJ-Gerüst GmbH. The construction and statics were reviewed and approved by AIB VINCOTTE BELGIUM ASBL, a training, certification and controlling system comparable to Germany’s TÜV.
The scaffolding was erected by four scaffolders in just a week and a half. At the end of May, the scaffolding will be moved so that the second half of the building can be retrofitted. The assembly logic of MJ UNI 70, which almost completely eliminates the possibility of assembly errors, and the trained specialized personnel from Jacobs & Sohn S.p.r.l. make it possible to complete the assembly in the short amount of time available. Furthermore, the high quality of the MJ UNI 70 system comes from its optimized ergonomic structure and its long-lasting material properties.