Due to substantial cost-benefit pressure, hospitals are required to manage their affairs efficiently. Flexible institutions are the most successful. Many hospitals are undergoing comprehensive restructuring, aiming to adjust their service portfolio to the new challenges. In an increasingly competitive and complex environment, stakeholder groups have rising expectations of the standards a modern clinic should meet. This also affects healthcare buildings in terms of aesthetics, architecture and construction ecology.
A responsible task
Construction in the healthcare sector is exceedingly complex. It is therefore essential that comprehensive programmes are developed during the consultation phase before the actual planning begins. This includes formulating the functional and operational objectives and quality targets that will serve as a basis for the specific layout programme. To ensure that all day-to-day work processes will run smoothly, no aspect must be forgotten. Teams of specialists, medical staff, healthcare managers and (specialised) planners must work closely together to guarantee the successful implementation of the projects.
Thanks to this interdisciplinary approach, the resulting plans will comprise the entire range of relevant construction, medical, healthcare law and economic factors from the beginning of the process. Efficient planning and construction of complex medical buildings can be enhanced through Building Information Modelling (BIM). This tool has further uses during subsequent processes or construction and conversion activities to ensure that hospital operations run smoothly from the beginning. It facilitates specific responses to the different medical requirements of emergency treatment, inpatient and daycare treatment, preadmission and post-discharge treatment, outpatient treatment and rehabilitative treatment.
The private section of Hochgebirgsklinik (HGK) Davos was refurbished with the help of the ‘First Class Reha-Hospitality’ programme. The refurbishment of the guest rooms, the common rooms and the associated catering area was planned and implemented by the OOS architects’ firm.