About World Workplace Europe
World Workplace is the original all-encompassing learning and networking event on facilities and how to manage them. There’s program value for FM professionals at every point of their careers and across all types of facilities. World Workplace Europe is the gold standard for discovering new ideas and technology from around the world impacting the European FM industry. Previous editions in Stockholm, Barcelona and Amsterdam we again welcome European and international participants to the Dutch capital. IFMA and FMN are collaborating for the second time to organize this must-attend conference.
In addition to two days of fascinating sessions, workshops and networking, we conclude the event with facility tours where attendees will see behind the scenes of some special projects in Amsterdam.
The Venue | The Kromhouthal
The Kromhouthal has a rich history. That history starts with the name: ‘kromhout’ (knee timber) is a kind of wood that has natural ‘knees’ or angles in it. It was frequently used in shipbuilding in the 18th century.
The shipbuilding yard ‘t Kromhout of the Goedkoop family started manufacturing wood sailing ships with this knee timber in the 18th century in Amsterdam East. They later switched to the manufacturing of iron steamers. To meet the increasing demand of their ships and engines, the engine division of shipbuilding yard ‘t Kromhout moved to the area where the Kromhouthal now resides. After several expansions of the area, the IJ-side of the Kromhouthal was added to the yard. For years, many massive engines were manufactured, until the demand dropped, and production declined.
Machine factory STORK resided in the neighboring Ketelstraat and was growing fast. STORK produced all sorts of machinery for the food industry and took over the yard, including the adjacent DRAKA. That’s when the area grew to the size the Overkant still has today.
Since 2009, when a rental housing organization bought the yard with plans to boost the entire area, the face of the area surrounding the Kromhouthal has changed. The terrain was christened the Overkant and was envisioned to be the new creative hotspot of the Amsterdam area.
North Amsterdam has since quickly developed as the bustling and cultural heart of Amsterdam. The Kromhouthal has played a role in the development of the area. Thanks to many investments the Kromhouthal has slowly but surely emerged as a highly appreciated event venue in Amsterdam. And that’s how a once lively industrial strip at the IJ was transformed to the bustling event strip it is today.
Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231
1021 KP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
About Future for Facilities
Future for Facilities originated from a need within the facilities industry for a content-based inspiration event and is organized under the supervision of FMN. The first edition of Future for Facilities took place in January 2017. With appealing national and international speakers from both inside and outside the field, Future for Facilities is a must for all innovators and other parties involved in facilitating the workplace and the work environment of tomorrow.
IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (136 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management; conducts research; provides educational programs, content and resources; and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org
FMN is the professional association for the facility sector in The Netherlands. The members of FMN are active in various sectors and various facility branches. In the facility sector, almost 73 billion euros was converted in 2016 in the Netherlands including property. Excluding real estate, the turnover amounted to more than 32 billion euros. That accounts for almost 5% of the gross domestic product. As of 1 January 2018, FMN and NFC Index have merged into one association. The indices of the NFC Index are the references for the cost development of facility services for office organizations and education. The indices provide relevant management information for opportunities in the area of cost efficiency. FMN is a partner of the international organization for facility management, IFMA. For more information, visit www.fmn.nl