It is self-evident that structures must be safe. Structures must be sufficient over their expected lifespan. Our design philosophy is to detail buildings that are resilient enough to withstand calamities and guarantee the safety of their occupants without the need for heavy and expensive structures.
Experience teaches us that every twenty years a hospital needs a complete renovation of its architecture and installation technology. However, the load-bearing structure is expected to survive a full fifty years and outlive various renovations. It is therefore vital to make choices with designers from other disciplines so that the building can withstand future alterations. The prevention of new construction is a very sustainable measure.
As structural designers, we want the structure to do more than just support. Integrating the structure with installations, for example, and ensure easy access to them, is an efficient solution for a more constant climate and a lower building height.
Contact: Roel de Jong, structural designer
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