Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies, an international enterprise in the field of incubators for the poultry industry, has recently moved into its new, cepezed-designed company building in Doetinchem.
Because it mainly functions as a transhipment hall for machine parts, the construction has a very basic set-up. It primarily consists of a large and austere volume of some 50 by 88 metres, with an additional, two-layer and six by six metre volume positioned inside it in the southeast corner. At ground level, an office has been installed in this volume, while the storey houses the company restaurant. The toilets, locker room and shower are also accommodated within the volume.
The building has a slender steel construction, the grid of which is based on the measurements of standard pallet racks. Truss girders enable a large roof spanning of over 25 metres. In the middle zone, only five columns of 200 by 200 mm are included. Moreover, the first 25 metres from the entrance are in fact completely free of columns.
For trucks that need indoor loading or defreighting alongside, there are two overhead doors. These are clad with the same sheeting as the façades, so that in closed position, the doors and façade are in the same surface level and the appearance is uninterrupted. For trucks loaded and unloaded the usual way, the building has four dock shelters that have also been smoothed away in the façade surface. The shelter units are not positioned in front of the façades, as is usually the case, but instead have been positioned somewhat inward, so that the optical unity of the façade largely remains intact. The doors of the shelter docks open perpendicularly, so no extra constructions that can be damaged by forklifts are needed. The shelters are provided with levellers that can be adjusted to the loading platforms of the trucks.
The façades of the construction are largely made of insulated hacierba with an outer finishing of black profiled sheeting. On the edges, the sheeting has been mitre-joined, which ensures a very refined appearance. The façade alongside the motorway has three strips of semi-structural glass at the bottom. The opposing entrance façade has three strips of glass at the top. Horizontally, the glass panes are clamped, while vertically they are glued together. The materialisation and detailing of the façades bestow the building with a high class aura in spite of the very restricted overall budget.