A new Centre for Imaging and Intervention is planned at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. This will be one of the largest single investments ever for the hospital. About SEK 1.8 billion will be the price tag for construction and medical equipment in the new centre. Ramboll is responsible for all HVAC systems in the project, which includes preliminary studies and determination of user requirements and design conditions.
The Centre for Imaging and Intervention will have theatres for both surgery with advanced imaging equipment and guided catheter-based intervention procedures, including cardiovascular and neurological areas as well as other organ areas and tumour treatment. The building will house nuclear medicine with gamma and PET cameras as well as diagnosis with X-rays, computed tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.
The centre is directly adjacent to Sahlgrenska’s central complex. The building will consist of five above-ground floors and two underground, comprising a total floor area of 24,000 m2 (GFA). Construction costs are estimated to SEK 850 million, while the cost of equipment supporting the requirements for advanced healthcare is estimated to approximately SEK 875 million.
Installation systems for tomorrow’s medical equipment
These days images as instruments for diagnosis and treatment have taken centre stage. Today’s imaging technology is technically demanding and tomorrow’s will be even more so. It is therefore impossible to describe in detail how procedures or equipment will look in ten years. Consequently, a great deal of flexibility characterizes both the design of the building and operational plan so that the Centre for Imaging and Intervention will be modern and changeable many years to come after the buildings completion.
The technical installation systems will be planned and designed with consideration to their expansion and alteration. Additional areas for installation systems will be placed in shafts and above the ceiling. These areas are primarily dimensioned and designed to accommodate the construction of the space-demanding HVAC systems. The building will be equipped according to two-air treatment principles, general ventilation and process ventilation. A total of 70 diverse HVAC systems and fire safety systems will be installed.The air treatment systems will supply each floor from ten shafts. The shafts for process ventilation are designed generally and for over-capacity. This enables the 20 planned cleanrooms, meeting the requirements of Hygiene Class B (ISO 5), to be located anywhere in the building.
All cooling during normal operations will be provided by the district cooling system. Waterborne, under-floor heating will supply areas where heat needs to be added. The HVAC system will be managed from a computerised control system in the mechanical room that in turn communicates with Sahlgrenska’s main control system.
Ramboll has planned and designed the following installation systems
- Tap water and drainage systems
- Heating systems
- Cooling systems
- Fire and safety systems
- Medical gas pipeline system
- Vacuum systems
- Water sprinkler systems
- General ventilation systems
- Process ventilation systems (Operating theatres, radio pharmacy laboratory, sterilisation centre)
- Control and monitoring systems
Ramboll has also carried out LCC analyses, HVAC and energy calculations as well as climate simulations.
The Centre for Imaging and Intervention will not only give Västra Götaland an engine for collaborative medical research, development and education and a skills centre for regional healthcare, but will also serve as a powerful factor for regional growth.
In addition to Region Västra Götaland, including Sahlgrenska University Hospital, participants in the development of the Centre for Imaging and Intervention include the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and various representatives of businesses in the region, an interaction facilitated by MedTech West.