Flexible image and intervention center to be upgraded for the future
The Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, has the competence and potential to conduct the most advanced treatments and invasive surgery. This is also a center for world-leading medical research and education. However, medical development is moving at a fast pace and soon the current buildings will not be able to live up to today’s requirements.
Consequently, Skanska has been commissioned by Västfastigheter to build a new image and intervention center. This new center will house all medical operations that use various types of imaging methods for diagnostics and treatment. Among other things, this involves advanced MR cameras, ultra-sound and gamma cameras.
The commission consists both of new construction and rebuilding, covering a total of 24,500 square meters. Stage One began in January 2012. When finished in December 2013, the new building looked completed from the exterior view, with a sealed carcass. During Stage Two we are continuing on the indoor environment, all installation work, plus a connection to a nearby building.
The key concepts for the new building are flexibility and generality. It is very important that the image and intervention center manages to move with the times – simply because, now, it is very difficult to detail the equipment that will be used in the future.
Since a good deal of the advanced imaging technology is heavy and awkward, there are also high requirements in terms of vibration damping, radiation and magnetic shield. Consequently, throughout the building, the floor structures are dimensioned to cope with loads of up to ten tons per square meter.
When the center is completed at the end of 2015, patients will be offered better diagnostics and superior operations potential.