After twenty years of preparation and eight years of construction, Erasmus MC received the key to the new hospital on December 5th. The consortium ‘Nieuwbouw Erasmus MC’ (formed by Ballast Nedam and BAM) officially handed over the hospital, designed by EGM architecten, to the board of Erasmus MC by signing the completion documents.
Consortium ‘Nieuwbouw Erasmus MC’ completed one of the largest construction projects of The Netherlands. The dominating emotion is pride.
Fred Reurings, project director of the consortium, states that “the new hospital has been built within its timeframe and budget. That on itself is unique nowadays. In addition, the huge project had to be built in the city centre. That called for a tight organisation, schedule and management, but mainly for an excellent corporation between the parties involved. This has resulted in a building of high quality, containing a lot of complex technology. Everybody did a tremendous job”.
Maarten Huisman, managing director EGM, confirms this: “For years we have built next to the existing hospital, that remained in full operation. The care for the patients, education and research could continue as normal. Good coordination and communication with all parties involved was crucial during the construction of the new hospital. We were fortunate to be able to contribute to the ambitions of Erasmus MC and therefore played Champions League together for many years.”
After December 5th, Erasmus MC will work hard to prepare the transfer to the new hospital. The transfer is to be expected in May 2018. The building needs to be furnished and the healthcare professionals need to be trained. Being able to find the way is important in a new building . The new hospital also brings in many new processes.
Chairman of the board, Ernst Kuipers, is sure about one thing: “After May 2018, the university medical centre of the 21st century will be here in the city centre of Rotterdam. Innovative, sustainable and designed by the 'healing environment' principles, with lots of natural light, vegetation and a warm and comfortable interior, designed to reduce stress during a hospital visit.”
“The care provided, facilities and emotional support are tailored to the values, preferences and needs of the patient and the affected family. Patients, their doctors and healthcare professionals take control of illnesses and health together. Healthcare professionals have the ability to further develop themselves is a state of the art environment".