December 2011 In Heerhugowaard builders have started constructing Focus, a new building for two merging schools providing special education. The project is being realised by a design-and-build consortium consisting of contractors Ballast Nedam, Schouten Techniek, consultants DWA, DGMR and Aronsohn, with EHA as architect. Some 5000 m2 of floor space containing all kinds of educational facilities is grouped around a central "square", and shaped to form a very compact building mass. Key elements in the design are facilitating encounters, reaching out to the surrounding neighbourhood and especially sustainability. The city of Heerhugowaard has high sustainability ambitions resulting in a demand for a zero energy building, which in this case means: not only catering to the buildings own energy use, but also that of its inhabitants. Visit our project page for more information. At the ground breaking ceremony contractor Ballast Nedam revealed a specially developed "augmented reality"-app, allowing a view of the future result through the eye of your iphone or ipad, that can be found on their website.