A Colombian architecture firm have designed a building that they hope will combat the country’s cancer crisis.
Dubbed “a social donation to the country and to the region,” Bogotá’s Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo Cancer Treatment and Research Centre (CTIC) will play a big part in tackling the country’s lack of facilities once it opens in 2021.
The CTIC has been designed by construction company Construcciones Planificadas, using the BIM process in order to make the plans as precise as possible.
While around 63,000 Colombians are diagnosed with cancer every year, Colombia has an urgent lack of treatment options available to patients.
The country does have 1780 different cancer-care providers, however just 25 of them can provide chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery together in one building.
This means that Colombians are often forced to travel as far as the United States in order to access the treatment they need.
With 128 hospital rooms, 30 intensive-care beds, eight radiotherapy bunkers, six operating rooms, 60 chemotherapy chairs, a hematology and bone marrow–transplant clinic, the construction will undoubtedly be of incalculable benefit to the region.
As well as having a positive impact on patients, the building will be environmentally friendly too. Boasting dedicated parking spaces for low-emission vehicles and carpooling; bicycle racks; native-species landscaping with an efficient drip-irrigation system; energy-efficient medical equipment; an on-site treatment plant for grey water and rainwater, which will be recycled for toilets and urinals; a solar water-heating system; low-VOC paints, sealants, and adhesives; a backup electricity system that uses a flywheel instead of batteries; and a modular facade with alternating blank and glazed zones for optimal energy performance.
The use of BIM in the design process will help to reduce unnecessary waste and the risk of changes needing to be made once construction has started, making for a much more productive project. This dedication to sustainability and preventing waste also means that the money saved through the centre reducing their costs could lead to a more significant level of investment, resulting in better quality care for their patients.