21 X Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013 - Category 1: Buildings 1 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 Owner AZ Alma Eeklo Architect AAPROG Architecten General Contractor MBG - CFE nv Engineering Office VK Engineering Location Eeklo, Belgium Construction Period 2012 to 2017 VK Engineering Contact Frederique Noë Address Zevenbergenlaan 2a 8200 Brugge, Belgium Phone + 32 50 390553 Email [email protected] Website www.vkgroup.be 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 NATOheadquarters, the Antwerp law courts, the Astana National Library, and the VinMedicare Hospital in Hanoi are but a few examples.