Passive House hospital progressing

Visitors are impressed by the Klinikum Frankfurt Hoechst construction site
Darmstadt/Frankfurt, Germany. The world’s first hospital designed to the Passive House Standard is currently under construction in the Frankfurt district of Hoechst. The hospital’s building shell has already been completed, now the interior finishing is underway. The construction of this highly energy efficient hospital should be completed by next year, followed by a test phase lasting several months before the building goes into full operation.

The Passive House Institute in Darmstadt has been advising on the project since the design phase and will continue with its consultancy services throughout the entire duration of construction work.

Tours booked out quickly
The impressive construction site in Frankfurt Hoechst is the biggest in the city of Frankfurt and can be seen from a great distance. After all, the future hospital building is 143 metres long and over 23 metres tall. Besides the basement and ground floor, there are a further six storeys.

Following the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in summer 2016, the foundation stone was laid in November of the same year.

The complex’s building shell was completed just a year later in autumn 2017. The helipad on the roof will be set up this spring. Tours offered by the hospital authorities in autumn last year were quickly booked out.

Pleased with the progress

Karsten Valentin, Managing Director of the Zentrale Errichtungsgesellschaft (ZEG) and responsible for the new hospital building, is satisfied with the construction progress. Despite the complex planning for technical building equipment, everything is going according to plan. After completion of the building, a test phase of several months is planned. This is essential to ensure the smooth day to day operation of the new hospital.

Interior finishing is well underway
The new building will have 664 beds and further capacity for 40 beds in the outpatient clinic. Ten operating rooms and one hybrid operating theatre for minimally invasive surgery are foreseen for the first floor. The sixth floor extends only across a part of the building and will accommodate the technical systems. About 400 construction workers are currently working on the interior finishing, including the laying out of model rooms. The installation of the more than 1000 triple-glazed windows has begun.

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