thick basement ceiling
The Imaging Centre will house various specialist equipment, e.g. X-ray equipment, CT, MRI, cyclotron. These are expensive and fragile, so in order to ensure that this is treated with the optimum care, the relevant suppliers set high requirements on the building. Some important requirement include sufficient freedom of movement to transport the equipment to the right rooms, floors for extra load-bearing capacity, walls that are X-ray resistant and specific connections in exact locations. These are just some of the things we have to take into consideration. Therefore, we have arranged personal meetings with all individual suppliers, so that the area will fulfil all requirements and the equipment can function optimally.
The basement will house four cyclotrons, which are enormous machines that produce isotopes for diagnostics and research for cancer, brain disorders, cardiovascular diseases or other afflictions. Two of them are now used in another location, but they will be moved to the Imaging Center in due course. They will be moved separately, so the VUmc and other hospitals will continue to have available isotopes. We are building a robust and safe environment for them in the basement, included with 1.5 metre thick concrete walls. In order to be able to move the cyclotrons into the building, the 2 metre thick basement ceiling will be constructed of loose concrete elements. This will allow VUmc to move things around in the future.
The Imaging Centre at the VU medical centre in Amsterdam was one of the first research buildings in the Netherlands to receive the 3-star (Very Good) BREEAM-NL design certificate. The intended result is a BREEAM 3-star certificate (Very Good).
Jochem works with great passion and dedication on our iconic building projects. He knows better than anyone how to translate the wishes of the customer into all the expertise within Ballast Nedam. By managing expectations with a focus on the relationship, he creates sustainable partnerships.