Get to know the people, the works and the recognition that have made VAN DER LAAT Y JIMÉNEZ a company with great support and soundness for over 50 years in the national market.
VAN DER LAAT Y JIMÉNEZ is founded by Rodrigo Van der Laat and Ricardo Jiménez; visionaries of the construction that they had carried out together in another company, they decide to start a project of their own.
Víctor Acon, a civil engineer who would become a fundamental piece of VAN DER LAAT Y JIMÉNEZ, joins the team. He is currently the General Manager of the company.
A key year that marks a before-and-after in the company, after taking charge of the Arenal water-intake project, an initiative that represented a significant challenge, a different way of looking at construction projects, the acquisition of new knowledge, purchase of equipment and an increase in company staff.
We built the General Comptroller’s Office of the Republic in Sabana Sur. Back then, it was one of the tallest buildings in the country, with a different and novel architectural style.
The 1990’s experienced accelerated growth in the country concerning the construction of major projects. By 1996, VAN DER LAAT Y JIMÉNEZ is already consolidated in the market and it completes the construction of the Melia Conchal Hotel in Guanacaste (today, the Westin Conchal), a 121.590-m2 work.
VAN DER LAAT Y JIMÉNEZ has great expertise in building shopping centers. In 2012 we build a 105.000-square-meter project: Paseo Metropoli, in the city of Cartago.
We finished building the Trauma Hospital in San Jose, a construction project which represented a significant challenge since the work had to be fully equipped.
General Manager & Partner
Qualified as the best construction engineer in the country, Víctor Acon graduated as Civil Engineer from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). Acon is part of VAN DER LAAT Y JIMÉNEZ since 1970, only a year after the company was founded. He is a very active, demanding and enthusiastic person, but, above all, he is a true accomplisher of objectives.
A Civil Engineer graduated from the University of Costa Rica (UCR), Rodrigo Van der Laat has great clarity of mind for the construction business, and a special ability to understand the direction that the company should follow. Through the years, he has known how to keep company with quality professionals, and his work has helped create a renowned company at regional level. Van der Laat has always been particularly devoted to work and discipline, and shows great interest for his fellow collaborators.
Graduated as a Civil Engineer from the prestigious Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He is a hard-working, unaffected and disciplined person whose goal was always to exceed objectives and deliver very high-quality work.
Thanks to the trust that our clients have placed on us, we have received several awards from different organizations.
Over 50 years of work have allowed us to achieve our goal: to turn VAN DER LAAT Y JIMENEZ into a solid and efficient construction company.