The Reinier de Graaf Hospital in Delft was designed to enable the hospital to keep pace with changing requirements, without necessitating major architectural adjustments. The extra investments required by the hospital are much lower than the costs of a refurbishment over 5 or 10 years, is the idea.
Flexibility, sustainability and reliability were key to the design and construction, for good reason. Ronald van Lier (project manager Bouwbureau at the Reinier de Graaf Hospital): "Reliability is obviously crucial in a hospital. Patients, employees and visitors must always be able to totally rely on the building and the operation of the medical installations."
"That also means that energy saving is difficult in a hospital. Because you always need to ensure a good energy supply. Saving energy is not the top priority - that's caring for and curing patients. However, that doesn't mean that we can't achieve sustainability. Sustainability also involves giving the building a longer life due the flexibility in the layout. Because the healthcare landscape is constantly changing. New treatment methods and equipment are being developed. Because our building is futureproof and areas can be easily adapted, we can keep pace with those changes."