RTKL designs new facility for CLC to accomodate rising patient intake
Clínica Las Condes'(CLC) ultimate objective is to strengthen their stellar reputation as a medical destination and provider of choice for Chile and South America. Specifically, CLC needed to expand its diagnostic and treatment zones and bed capacity without ceasing current operations.
The campus is surrounded on all sides with limited off-site growth potential, but the client projected growth requiring double their current capacity within 10 years. Further compounding the site constraints, only two zones in the area permitted construction taller than five storeys.
To accommodate these parameters in 'Phase 1', RTKL created a plan to develop the western campus to handle current construction and future expansions while also increasing patient access. They designed a podium with public spaces, surgery, critical care and two six-storey patient towers that fit within the zoning.
At 1.3 million sq ft, Phase 1 more than doubles the capacity of the hospital to accommodate more patients in the community, the country and globally. In addition to the new bed towers it includes seven levels of underground parking, a new central sterile processing area and warehouse, as well as 29,000 sq ft of renovated space.
The architects buried parking and support spaces and expanded core hospital functions (public spaces, surgery, and critical care) laterally from the existing hospital to the new. One tower will be completed immediately to increase patient capacity. The second tower can be fitted out as necessary.
Phase 1 will also support a new patient entry point, eventually making a two-front facility. New pedestrian configurations, vehicular patterns and materials handling pathways are also being developed to connect and organise east and west areas of campus cohesively for patients and staff. Phase 1 will unite and organise the campus, thus transforming a regional facility into a landmark international center of care.