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HOSPITAL UNIVERSITARIO SAN VICENTE DE PAUL (HUSVP) RIO NEGRO, COLOMBIA
Monday 16 Jan 2012
Southern symmetry: a technologically advanced, efficient hospital design that retains its distinct regional flavour
A world-class centre of excellence largely inspired by the needs of the community
HUSVP has been servicing patients for more than 95 years and is the oldest and largest hospital in Medellin Colombia. The new facilitylocated in Rionegro, Colombia, will focus on specialized units that cater to a wide range of services from intensive care hospitalization to rehabilitation.
The client's objective was to program and plan a new facility with the latest technological advances based on US hospital processes and LEED accreditation, while providing interior spaces that would inspire healing and well being. The facility directors provided the design team with their vision of a hospital that not only addresses the needs of the medical profession but would also be largely inspired by the needs of the community. The goal was to provide their patients, family members and staff with a sense of security and a place that would reflect the culture and history of the 95 year old original facility.
As the first LEED certified hospital in the country, the facility includes 260 Patient Rooms, Oncology, Imaging, Intensive Care, Emergency Care, a Women's Clinic, Outpatient Day Hospital, Cafeteria, Clinics for Rehab, Cancer, Digestive and Plastic Surgery, all of the administrative support services and an on-site cathedral.
This new facility is designed with clean, contemporary lines and is very respectful of the history and culture of the main hospital. The design met the client's vision while adhering to the fundamental institutional needs of a hospital.
The hospital's commitment to sustainability is inherent through the use of the local materials and building details common to the region. The local brick material used on the exterior facades was carried into the interior spaces, marbles and terrazzo tiles available and fabricated within the country were used as the general flooring and wood veneer from nearby forests were specified.