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University Hospital Campus continues to build

Bild: Parkett läggs i casesal i hus 448

It may not have escaped anyone’s attention that University Hospital is one big construction worksite. This naturally also affects the university, which has employees, students, and activities in several locations at the hospital. What students have to look forward to in the near future is the inauguration of the university sections in Building 448, one of the four new buildings being constructed adjacent to the main block of the hospital.

“Building 448 will soon be finished,” says senior faculty coordinator Iréne Rydberg. The university has one floor at its disposal – Floor Nine, which is one flight down. Several secondary contracts are in progress right now – for example, AV technology, auditorium seating, carpentry and fixtures that LiU is paying for (picture at right). The inspection will take place in November, and the inauguration in January.

“All deliveries to the hospital’s goods reception take place in the evening,” Ms Rydberg continues. The items are then transported in the conduits. The construction is right in the middle of emergency medical care, with ambulances running through the area all day long. These operations cannot be blocked by construction traffic or deliveries.

Bild: Casesal i Hus 448


On the LiU floor in Building 448 there is an auditorium for 130 persons, a case hall (picture at right) for approximately 80–90 people, lecture halls, five base group rooms and a student kitchen. The inspection will be done in November, but since the entryway to the building will only be ready in January 2016, the premises cannot be put into use until then at the earliest.
“The University Hospital of the Future, Stage 1, will then enter its final phase, with move-in into the four new buildings, which will be under way for a long time,” Ms Rydberg says. But it is estimated that the whole project won’t be ready until 2020 or 2022.

The educational premises in Building 448 are one of the larger constructions affecting LiU. But the university is found in several locations at the hospital. In Building 443, for example, the building next to 448. CMIV was given completely new premises here, and moved in in September.
“It’s a large research division on the eleventh floor with things like CT scanners, MRI scanners, and visualisation tables,” Ms Rydberg says. And on the tenth floor is the skin clinic, they also have a research section. A new research unit for clinical testing is moving in on the same floor in February.”

These are a few of the somewhat larger projects occurring in the near future at the hospital. But Ms Rydberg is working in parallel on some 20 different projects concerning the university. Another larger project is premises for a biobank, which the region and the university will make use of together.
“It’s being built under Hugo Theorells torg and will be filled with a large number of low-temperature freezers for storage of research samples.”

A number of small fixes also remain on Building 511, the “greenhouse”, as Dean Johan Dabrosin Söderholm called it at its inauguration at the end of August. The building has approximately 300 work stations where employees, primarily from the Department of Medical and Health Sciences, the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and the student units moved in during the summer before the building was completely ready.
“That was a challenge,” Ms Rydberg says. “We’re still working with a number of changes, re-orders, and inspection criticisms. Things get discovered a bit as time goes on.”

Bild: Sockeln som blev soffor i Hus 511

Something that didn’t come out as it was intended – better, in fact – was the “pedestal” discovered at the foundation of the old building, Building 001, when they were excavating for the new student building. For structural engineering reasons, it was not possible to remove the pedestal. But what should they have done with it?

“The pedestal became really nice benches (picture at right) in the new building. The architect, the carpenters, and the tilers worked together and came up with a really good solution,” Ms Rydberg tells us.

And the students seem satisfied with, and positive about, their new building.
“The University Hospital area is so compressed, people notice when construction is going on. Now the students see the results and I think they appreciate that we’ve done something for them.”

Elisabet Wahrby 2015-10-26

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Last updated: 2015-11-03