Cruise operator Carnival Corporation opened the doors of its new maritime CSMART training centre in Almere on Thursday 14 July 2016. The training centre is part of the almost three-hectare campus, where Carnival Corporation also has its hotel. Partly thanks to the Deerns building physics, energy and sustainability advice, the world’s largest cruise company now has two highly sustainable, LEED Gold certified buildings. As an LEED Accredited Professional, Deerns was responsible for the LEED certification of the design and construction of both buildings.
State-of-the-art training centre
In the new training centre, with a surface area of more than 10,000m2, some 6,500 deck and technical officers from all nine Carnival Corporation’s cruise brands will be trained annually. The building will house simulator rooms, training rooms and offices. The simulator is an exact replica of the bridge of the Koningsdam, a 296-metre-long cruise ship of the Holland America Line.
The healthy working environment, the use of state-of-the-art technology and the powerful, relaxing atmosphere will all contribute to the learning and work performance of the officers and achieving LEED Gold certification. An ATES ensures the sustainable delivery of heat and cold in both buildings. There is also demand-driven ventilation in the various areas and lighting with presence detection, and an energy monitoring system guarantees the energy performance. This achieves energy cost savings in the training centre of 39 percent and 35 percent of water with reference to LEED baseline.
Five-star hotels with plenty of daylight
The training centre is connected to the five-star Carnival Corporation hotel through an underground corridor and an above-ground dune path. The building is fifteen floors high with almost two hundred hotel rooms, a large restaurant, a fitness centre, a lounge and underground parking. Full floor-to-ceiling glazing of the facades around the entire building maximises natural daylight in all rooms.
The hotel’s LEED certification applies to both the construction and the materialisation. The carpets, for example, have been created entirely from old fishing nets. By also applying sustainable measures here, energy savings of some 42 percent and 20 percent water savings are achieved with reference to LEED baseline.
Dune and beach-like environment
The campus is in the DUIN landscape area in Almere Poort, a new area development where offices, homes, a marina and a promenade are being realised in a dune and beach-like setting. The training centre has been called ‘Arison Maritime Centre’. This is in honour of the Arison family who founded the company and grew the world’s largest cruise operator to its current size.