Expansion of Hospital Simón Bolívar in Colombia

Scandinavian architectural firm White is conducting a feasibility study for the modernization and expansion of Hospital Simón Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia. The project is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the grant is administrated through the Nordic Investment Bank.

Hospital Simón Bolívar is a public institution located in North East Bogotá. White’s objective is to analyze the current situation and the development needs for the hospital, and to develop a feasible long-term master plan for the functional and physical development.

– Hospital Simón Bolívar is one of Colombia’s most acknowledged hospitals, and we’re taking on this assignment with a very humble attitude. The essence here is our work process which focuses on involving both staff and management, says Cristiana Caira, Lead Architect at White.

The hospital has a need to grow from about 24,000 square meters to 50,000 square meters, on the same site where the hospital is today – without taking more land in use and without closing the hospital during construction. To get the best local expertise in the fields of traffic planning and structural engineering, White collaborates with Arup Colombia.

– With several trips planned to Colombia, our interdisciplinary team of Architects, Healthcare- and Sustainability Specialists will work closely with the hospital staff at Simon Bolivar to get the best out of Scandinavian and South American healthcare practices, says Andreas Ohlsson, Project Architect at White.

For Hospital Simón Bolívar, White’s goal is to achieve a long term sustainable design based on ecological, economic and social perspectives. White has extensive experience from large scale healthcare projects in Scandinavia and internationally, where sustainability is a key driver. Currently, White is working with the New Karolinska Solna University Hospital outside Stockholm in Sweden. The 320 000 square meter multi-building facility opens in 2017.

For further information:
Cristiana Caira, Lead Architect
+46 31 60 87 77

Press image:
 Hospital Simón Bolívar, Bogotá (1920x1200)