As a project manager, Rene van Veldhoven’s work starts as soon as a sale has been agreed. In 2019, Rene set to work on a large project. When a new greenhouse was constructed for Lugt Lisianthus, PDI was the chosen partner for the screen installations. A new 5.7-hectare greenhouse with a double screen, façade screens and partitions. We offer a glimpse into Rene’s role as project manager.
The game starts
Rene van Veldhoven: “The initial construction meetings are planned, present at which are the clients Hans, Marcel and Richard van der Lugt, and all other involved parties. From consultancy firm to greenhouse construction, and from heating to screen installation. That’s when the game starts; every party wants as much space as possible in the schedule. It will usually take a couple of meetings to thrash out a final schedule.”
From schedule to execution
PDI’s preparations usually start when the greenhouse glazing reaches the half-way point. Around three weeks before installation commences, Rene starts on preparations with the scheduling department. Which fitters, which machines and which general and technical support services are required. Deliveries of materials are planned and the fitters are briefed.
A successful project
“As soon as our fitters have started, I go to the site 2 to 3 times a week to keep an eye on the project”, says Rene. Once the installation has been assembled, the first part of the project has reached an end for PDI. The other parties complete their work and the final step is when PDI installs the screen cloths. “This is done at this stage to prevent the cloths from becoming dirty from the dust caused by other construction work. Once the project has been completed, I have one more meeting with the client and the consultancy firm. We go through the project and check that everything is as it should be and delivered in accordance with the contractual terms. If this is the case, we have officially delivered the project,” says Rene.
See the details of the Van der Lugt project