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Infrastructure experts keep Aruba on top

Article - August 23, 2012
Multidisciplinary company Albo Aruba boasts the best expertise in Aruba’s construction sector.
Aruba is a small island, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big things going on, as construction company Albo Aruba N.V. can attest. As the leading general contractor on the island for the past 32 years, Albo Aruba handles a wide variety of projects under conditions that most contractors working on the mainland would consider quite difficult. Despite the challenges, Albo Aruba has proven itself more than capable of rising to meet them and producing top quality projects.

“Albo Aruba is known for its quality work that can stand the test of time,” Managing Director Folkert G. van der Woude says. “Whenever a prospective developer is interested in building complex projects, Albo is approached to do the job.”

The company was founded in 1980 on the back of the merger of Albo Bonaire N.V. and Bonbocemi N.V., which had worked on and completed the Hospitality Trade School Aruba in 1982. Over the years, Albo Aruba has developed a portfolio of projects in the hospitality, utility, residential and commercial sectors. According to Mr. van der Woude, the company’s work includes public and private projects, and range in size from $100,000 to more than $25 million.

“From the moment Albo Aruba N.V. was founded, the company quickly grew to become one of the largest independent construction companies on Aruba,” Mr. van der Woude says.

Even though the island is fairly remote, it is by no means immune from the challenges being faced by the rest of the construction industry. “At the moment, due to the worldwide economic recession, it has become a challenge to retain our position in the market,” says the managing director.

“Albo Aruba is known for its quality work that can stand the test of time.”

Folkert G. van der Woude, Managing Director of
Albo Aruba

However, thanks to Albo’s reputation and dedication to quality, the company has managed to keep busy. Its recent projects include the renovation of Radisson Hotel Aruba’s Bonaire and Curaçao towers. Aruba’s oil refinery recently reopened after a period of inactivity, and Albo was tapped to provide maintenance services to the facility.

Many projects in Aruba work under public-private partnerships, something that Albo has been involved in for many years, such as the building of two police stations in Noord and in Santa Cruz. “We are definitely interested in participating in other PPP structures, although we realize that once you get into the outside world of PPPs, there is a lot more involved,” says Mr. van der Woude.