Inspirations in Engineering 2013 - page 21

Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013 - Category 1: Buildings
Nomination Category 1: Buildings
Short description │
General Hospital Alma
The new general hospital of AZ Alma has a floor area of 55,000 m² on seven floors in two different
wings (precast concrete structures) which are linked by a central glazed atrium. The atrium is 28 m
wide, 66 m deep and 28 m high. The steel columns and beams of the atrium have varied, different
angles, which results in a random structure. Horizontal stability is assured by both the steel structure
and the elevator shafts. The roof is supported by steel H-beams with a span of 21 m and two main
trusses (span = 42 m). Four footbridges, with a length of 28 m, hang on the rear façade and act as
horizontal wind-trusses.
Project information
AZ Alma Eeklo
AAPROG Architecten
General Contractor
MBG - CFE nv
Engineering Office
VK Engineering
Eeklo, Belgium
Construction Period
2012 to 2017
VK Engineering
Frederique Noë
Zevenbergenlaan 2a
8200 Brugge, Belgium
+ 32 50 390553
VK offers its services in four market segments: Healthcare, Buildings, Industry and Infrastructure.
Our multi-disciplinary consulting engineers undertake studies in building services and civil & structural
engineering, ranging from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and plumbing, to data
communication, security and fire engineering, to concrete and structural studies.
VK keeps track of advanced technologies and studies in architecture and construction management
and puts together the best team for the client’s project.
Having a proven track record with many renowned architects, VK proudly looks back on the building of
a portfolio that features many challenging and large-scale projects, including new constructions, as well
as renovations of (classified) monuments, expert assessments and management. The new NATO-
headquarters, the Antwerp law courts, the Astana National Library, and the VinMedicare Hospital in
Hanoi are but a few examples.
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