The city of Amersfoort in the Netherlands is getting a new hospital
Currently the Dutch city of Amersfoort has officially one hospital with a regional functionality for the surrounding villages and town: the Meander Medisch Centrum (Meander Medical Centre). Due to historical reason this regional hospital is located at more than four locations as it was created by a merger of two smaller hospitals in Amersfoort, the Elisabeth and the Ligtenberg as well as the hospital in Baarn and the hospital in Soest. These four locations serve up to 350.000 people in the "Eemland region" with 200 medical specialists and more than 3.000 professional staff (nurses and medical assistants).
Since the merger the four locations remained active although the cost benefits of a single locations were known to the board. They had to operate carefully however, as the Dutch healthcare market is not liberalised and depends on political decisions. Since a few years the Dutch political discourse is slowly favoring the market as beneficial to containing the expanding costs of healthcare. Thus, slowly the healthcare market is opening to liberal policies and as such more and more hospitals are activating long posponed plans to gain more efficiency and encourage innovation.
The Meander Medisch Centrum has entered into a cooperation agreement with the Dutch construction company Heijmans to jointly perpare the construction of the new hospital on the Maatweg in Amersfoort, the Netherlands:
'This combination of construction and installation engineering is a perfect fit in terms of our vision. We also want to be creative and innovative
'The Meander design team and the selected consortium will set up a project organization structure focused on achieving integral collaboration. The assignment for the first stage of construction preparation is limited to optimizing and elaborating the design. The objective here is to create a design that can be implemented within available budget constraints. We are reviewing the entire design one more time on the basis of Heijmans' construction-related knowledge. We want to maximize certainty concerning the design's feasibility, so that we will be able to construct the building within the available budget.
This project with the joint approach to contracting is considered innovative as it has not been done before by any hospital in the Netherlands. Also the design by Atelier Pro is considered innovative as Meander and Atelier Pro are making use of a three-demensional buildig information model. This model delivers the contracted parties with huge data files which can be used by both the architect and the constructor. All kinds of data, ranging from floor plans and cross sections to surfaces, quantities and dimensions. This allows the architect and constructor to apply changes and immediately see the results. This should result in time gains and the avoidans of costs of failure! The projectmanager is Stevens van Dijck, independent projectmanager.
Heijmans verwacht in het voorjaar van 2009 een definitieve overeenkomst te tekenen voor het project. De bouw van het ziekenhuis wordt naar verwachting in 2012 afgerond