Sustainability at every level as the New Karolinska Solna University Hospital builds a university hospital for the future
Few building projects have been covered so extensively in the media like the building of the New Karolinska Solna University Hospital (NKS). The multinational construction company Skanska has never been involved in a larger project and Sweden’s biggest county council has never before carried out a more extensive piece of construction. There were many twists and turns in the procurement process, which is one of the biggest that has ever been carried out anywhere in the world. The integration of hospital care with research and training sets a high bar in terms of ambitious aims. Safety, confidentiality and comfort are the top priority and maybe the future looks seriously bright when the plan for the future of health and patient care is being put into effect.
MTAB is deeply involved in the NKS project and the different elements of the undertaking are more complicated than one might imagine. Attention to detail and flexibility are required, together with the ability to be in the right place at the right time and to communicate with many different institutions. Much delicate management is involved and enormous sums are at stake. Precision planning is the be-all and end-all.
“Nothing must be allowed to go wrong, and it won’t – we plan every step in detail and have complete control of the process,” says Rickard Sohl, business area manager at MTAB.
MTAB delivers and is involved in everything from cyclotrons to medicine cabinets. Our collaborative initiatives include working with Skanska, the entrepreneur, but we also have extensive communication with Stockholm County Council and the property owner Locum.
Many of the tasks to be undertaken are complex, for example the work involved in moving cyclotrons in. There are many construction meetings with different interested parties where we discuss everything from the floor-bearing capacity of floors to which passages need to be closed off when they are delivered. Cyclotrons constitute a transport challenge because they are extremely heavy, their weight sometimes exceeding 20 tons. In addition to managing the physical transport of advanced x-ray and scanning equipment, we are also involved in its positioning and mechanical installation, work that is often carried out together with technical experts from our end client’s organisation. There is a lot of planning involved in this type of assignment and it’s not unusual for extensive and complicated installations to be carried out in tight time frames.
“It’s inspiring to be part of a project where the benefit to society is so obvious,” says Rickard Sohl of MTAB.
MTAB has a number of employees with relevant training and these people periodically work more or less full-time at NKS.
“We take our remit very seriously. It’s inspiring to be part of a project where the benefit to society is so obvious,” says Rickard Sohl.
MTAB works with most medical technology companies. Their cars and staff are often to be seen inside the NKS area.
“Our ambition is obviously to gain the confidence of our medical technology clients for the future as well, and in terms of all types of advanced installations and deliveries to this enormous hospital,” says Rickard.
Facts about the New Karolinska Solna University Hospital:
- clear focus on patient safety and confidentiality
- secure single rooms (with their own shower and WC), with space for family members to stay overnight
- efficient working procedures mean the patient is moved around as few times as possible
- good collaboration and smooth workflows between different units
- clear links between hospital care, research and training in order to improve care
- an appropriate environment to facilitate the healing process and stimulate both patients and staff
- strong focus on energy efficiency and sustainability
- a hospital in the town, of its time and near its inhabitants
What is a cyclotron?
Twenty-five years ago practically no man survived with testicular cancer that had spread. Today survival rates are over 90 per cent. The radioactive substance fluorine-18, needed in the use of PET scanners, is produced in a cyclotron. The treatment of cancer patients is tailored to the images from the PET scanner. A cyclotron is a type of particle accelerator. The first cyclotron was invented by Ernest Lawrence and M.S. Livingstone in 1932, and consists of a large electromagnet with a homogeneous magnetic field.