The Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital needed three operating theatres, which were to be located in a temporary building adjacent to the existing surgical complex. The temporary operating theatres were needed because of a delay in the hospital’s existing construction plans. The Princess Maxima Centre would rent these facilities for five years, whilst the existing operating theatres were being renovated.
The building itself presented a challenge, as it is six metres tall. In addition, the operating theatres needed to be delivered as soon as possible. They also had to satisfy the latest medical requirements and be fitted in such a way that X-ray equipment could be used inside.
Jan Snel developed three temporary operating theatres in seven months, working closely with the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital and energy company Engie. The accommodation was completed at twice the speed of regular modular construction methods. A frame of steel pillars was erected on the building site onto which the operating theatres, which had been prefabricated at Jan Snel’s Montfoort site, were subsequently placed. After the units were installed, including the technical room, the roof was covered and a cladding applied to the façade. The operating theatres were then set up and connected to the existing facilities.
Multistorey construction: operating rooms
UMC – Princess Maxima Centre