Installing while operating
About the renovation of the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein
Fresh air and a pleasant environment are good for everyone. Just think of the feeling that you have after a day at the beach, playing sports or after a walk during the lunch break. Scientific studies are increasingly showing that high-quality air, together with mental health, improves the healing process of the human body. That is exactly the reason why St. Antonius Hospital is renovating the Nieuwegein location. ULC has been cooperating with the hospital since the beginning of the 1980s, in a pleasant way.
Department by department
The hospital and its staff will continue to function, the patients must not suffer from the renovation and work must be carried out hygienically. This means that there is a lot of time and precision in the preparation, and an alert and flexible attitude is required during the execution. In order to ensure that people feel at ease during the visit to the St. Antonius, all rooms are renovated step by step. The renovation has started at the radiology department. Here, a new waiting room was realized and an angioroom and a screeningroom were delivered. In these rooms, ULC has taken care of the sanitary and the air ventilation. These areas give a clean and tidy feeling.
This clean and tidy feeling is due to the sanitary facilities that are symmetrical and tight, and because of the type of light and the temperature in the room. Senior Project Manager Real Estate Jan Dekker of the St. Antonius Hospital says that he has opted for a different approach than before regarding the interior choices. The staff, who are using the areas the most, have also had a saying concerning the colours and layout of the interior.
Meanwhile, a complete department is being renovated on the other side of the building.
Light, sanitary, air, everything becomes new in this department. What is special about this department is that the mechanics had to go straight through the hospital with their equipment, and during the movement of the material they also had to avoid a patient who was rolled to the operating room. Patients in the hospital need to strengthen and rest, which can cause quite a challenge in a renovation, since it is inevitable to not make any sounds during a renovation.
The floors had to be removed, walls were completely removed and replaced, there had to be drilled here and there. Assistant Chief mechanic Robin van Kolck solves any problems with his optimistic attitude, and that is contagious. He says that the department is inaccessible to unauthorized people and that there is a pleasant cooperation with the hospital.