Vaasa Central Hospital
Client: Vaasan sairaanhoitopiiri
Place: Vaasa
Project Type: New Building
Area: 7000 m²
Finished: 2018

Vasa central hospital and the U-building is situated on Hietalahdenkatu in Vaasa. The U-building is housing the hospital pharmacy and the isotope laboratory. For future changes and renovations in the hospital area also buffer space was placed in the building which can temporarily accommodate different wards and clinics.

The new four stories high building is places right next to the old main building and connects to the rest of the hospital buildings through an underground tunnel on the lowest floor. The project was conducted in three phases. The first phase was the lowest floor, the tunnel and to the to them serving technical and janitorial spaces. Second phase was the pharmacy spaces above ground and social and buffer spaces. In the last phase a storage for infusion liquids is built. Except the addition of a new building the project consists of changes in the outdoor spaces and traffic arrangements.

The hospital activities in the building sets high demands on the planning considering availability, ergonomics, hygiene and logistics. The goal was to create conditions for as effective and safe operation as possible where the life cycle, future maintenance costs and the materials effect on health are considered. The planning was done through BIM-modelling in co-operation with the other planners.

The loadbearing construction of the building consists of traditional column and beam system. The frame is concrete and the main materials of the façade are concrete, glass and metal mesh. Main criteria for the materials where that they should be maintenance free and sustainable solutions. Machines, equipment and material are carefully chosen to be hygienic and easy to clean.

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