The RAI Amsterdam was the home of ISE for 15 wonderful years. Our relocation to Barcelona marks a monumental new chapter in ISE’s history, but we must not forget Amsterdam and what it enabled us to achieve.
We are very proud that ISE, in partnership with our co-owners CEDIA and AVIXA, will be leaving a legacy in the city. The Jeroen Pit House (Het Jeroen Pit Huis) is a new transitional care unit for chronically ill children who need 24/7 medical care, and their families. Many of these children will have been treated at The Emma Children’s Hospital – the RAI’s chosen charity. We are supporting the project alongside multiple AV brands, including AVEX and CEDIA Award-winning installer Woelf.
Thanks to the ongoing generosity of industry contributors, we have brought together the best in technology, design and installation expertise to develop a hi-tech entertainment space within the transitional care unit. Including a sensory room and home cinema, the project will provide, among other things, an area of escapism for chronically ill children and their families to spend time together and prepare for life at home. Understandably because of the pandemic, the schedule has changed a little from the initial roadmap below; however, construction work is under way, with completion scheduled for the spring of 2022.
The aim of The Jeroen Pit House is to make the difficult transition from hospital to home easier, safer and steadier for chronically ill children and their families. The house will help families to adapt to the changes that will be required at home, providing education and support for the journey ahead of them. Our hope is that The Jeroen Pit House will be a cherished resource for the people of Amsterdam for many years to come.
We’ll bring you updates as the project makes its way to completion, so please check back here regularly.
The Jeroen Pit House is now completed and ready to welcome chronically ill children and their families when the facility officially opens on 11 May. With kind support from the AV community, the building boasts a sophisticated systems integration tailored to the unique needs of its users. At a celebratory event, Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events and Wendy Griffiths, VP Engagement and Global Development at CEDIA, were in attendance to congratulate the project team on this incredible achievement.
“The Jeroen Pit House is an inspiring facility that will provide essential support to many children, and their families, for years to come,” said Mike Blackman. “We are honoured to have been a part of its realisation and we can’t thank the AV community enough for their unprecedented support over the last three years. It’s not been an easy time for business, but these AV companies committed their time, products and expertise, without faltering in their pledge. This is a project that ISE and the AV industry are incredibly proud of – our legacy to the wonderful city of Amsterdam.”
Nicole Deiters, Fundraising & Communication Manager, The Jeroen Pit House, commented: “We’ve worked for years towards this moment, to achieve our goal of helping serious chronically ill children and their parents who, after a disruptive period, can learn how to care for their child in the warm, relaxed and supportive environment at The Jeroen Pit House. It’s heart-warming how so many contributors, such as ISE and its community, have embraced our project. Without this support we would not be where are now, and we are so thankful!”
Wendy Griffiths, VP Engagement and Global Development at CEDIA, added: “To see this project come to life has been an honour and a privilege. Evolving from an idea on paper to physical a technology-filled facility, that feels like a home, supporting families to reconnect and prepare for the next phase of their lives has been a wonderful experience and one that everyone who has been involved of should be proud of. I would like to personally thank all of the CEDIA and AVIXA members who have supported us in providing this legacy in Amsterdam, a city that has supported ISE for so many years.
“Jan Martens from Woelf in Belgium and Ramon Voorn from AVEX have tirelessly given of their time to design and install the technology that has been provided by the sponsors. We look forward to hearing the stories of the families who have benefitted in the future.”
Construction is now underway, with completion expected in spring 2022.
Despite the turbulence of the past 16 months, AV industry contributors have been undeterred in their commitment to the project.
Over 30 AV brands have committed to donating services and product to develop the media space, which will include a sensory room and home cinema. Woelf and AVEX have generously contributed design, product management and installation services. Other big-hearted contributors include ACT, Antratek, Apart, Arcam, Attero Tech, Audac, Audinate, Audipack, Barco, Belden, Biamp, Bose, Chief, Cisco, Crestron, GenericAV, Intronics, Kenwell, Kramer AV, Legrand, Logitech, Middle Atlantic, Monitor Audio, MVS, Nedis, Pakedge (SnapOne), Philips, Procab, Projecta, SCP, Sennheiser, Sony, StarTech, TU, tvONE and Vogel’s.
Early March 2021:
This week Emilie van Karnebeek, the Chairman of The Jeroen Pit House, appeared as a guest on popular Dutch TV show Koffietijid (Coffee Time) to discuss the project.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (pictured with Emelie), also a guest on the show, was impressed by the initiative and took the time to talk with Emilie in greater detail. The Prime Minister noted the importance of the transitional care unit being within walking distance of the hospital and its green surroundings for a pleasant environment.
He commented to Emilie (translated from Dutch):
“I find it so impressive how you can convert such an event [the loss of her husband Jeroen] into something positive. These are also initiatives that you want the government to look at and if it works, you can do this in other places.”
This was a special moment for The Jeroen Pit House. At ISE, we are incredibly proud to be supporting such a worthwhile project, in partnership with our co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA. Thank you to the industry contributors for your help to make this dream a reality.
Construction is about to get underway, more updates to follow soon!
We’ve broken ground! We look forward to a busy but exciting 2021.
Read our Interview with Emilie van Karnebeek – fundraiser, project manager and private financier of The Jeroen Pit House