Founded in 1824 as an alms house for the poor and sick, Klinikum Offenbach has grown into one of the largest health centres in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main area treating around 32,000 patients each year.
A New Suite of Acute Facilities
The centre has been subject to numerous redevelopments and extensions over its long history. In 2004, an ambitious scheme was launched to replace the entire complex with a new, state-of-the-art hospital with a full suite of acute facilities to serve ever growing demand for its services.
WSP was commissioned to provide a comprehensive project management service for the 60,000m2 new build unit. The goal of the client was to create a facility that would meet both the present and future needs of the local 420,000-strong populace, offering advanced clinical services across a range of areas. The facilities also needed to support the teaching activities of the prestigious Goethe University Frankfurt. In addition to emergency and acute care, the new centre would also offer oncology; a children’s hospital; burns unit; maternity; stroke unit; laboratories and a range of other advanced clinical facilities.
Project Management for Acute Hospital Klinikum Offenbach
One of the key challenges in delivering the scheme was the build schedule because the old facility needed to be demolished in phases as the replacement facilities became available. This required an advanced approach to site logistics. Our priority was to safeguard the working of all clinical services on site, keeping access routes to existing hospital units clear and minimise the project’s impact on patients and staff.
The four-year build program concluded in 2010 and has delivered the largest, post-war health project in the region. Offenbach Klinikum is now an eight-storey, 724-bed hospital with 60 acute care beds and ten operating theatres along with all core medical areas sited in its main building. These areas are connected via a central hall, linked vertically by four lifts that are each capable of accommodating acute care beds. A tubular ‘post’ system runs throughout the entire complex allowing specimens to be transported quickly and efficiently. The helipad was moved from the ground onto the roof with direct access to the operating theatres meaning that emergency cases can be treated without delay.
Our role was to ensure the connectivity of all these areas and services, in addition to overseeing the overall construction schedule for the new build unit. Our expert teams organised and co-ordinated material qualities and quantities, costs and financing, deadlines and capacities.
Designed with Patients in Mind
A patient centred approach informed every aspect of the Klinikum Offenbach scheme. Geometrical coloured patterns guide visitors to their destination. The system is based on a highly flexible concept that can be easily and quickly modified. The hospital building also supports the use of advanced clinical techniques such as cardiac catheterisation, shock rooms, stroke units, computerised tomography and magnetic resonance imaging techniques in a warm, welcoming environment that has the potential to adapt to future technologies.