Faculty of Applied Sciences (TNW)
New construction, Management
Electrotechnical, Mechanical and Fire Safety installations
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.
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.
The facilities of the hospital are kept running by approximately 20 technical areas. In these technical areas you will find, among other things, the air-handling units that clean the air from outside on both soot-particles and dirt. Once the air has been cleaned, the temperature can be regulated or the moisture content can be adjusted. In a hospital a lot is heated or cooled and that used to bring a lot of costs. Thanks to the HCS sources that ULC has realized, that is now a thing of the past. The cold water that is stored in the soil in the winter warms up from circa 7° C to circa 18° C in the summer, and is subsequently stored again in order to reuse that heat in the winter. In addition to the ‘hardware’ installations, ULC has also ensured the connection with the remote computers, so that one does not have to walk to the technical room each time to implement a temperature adjustment. This is now possible with the click of a button.