Building Hospitals

The futuristic hospital that advanced hospitals
aim for Juntendo University Hospital, Building B

Juntendo University Hospital, Building B

Building HospitalsThe futuristic hospital
that advanced hospitals
aim for Juntendo
University Hospital,
Building B

September 1, 2017

Building the Futuristic Hospital to Show the World

The group of buildings that make up Juntendo University Hospital stretch for several hundred meters along Sotobori-dori are a symbolic part of the Ochanomizu landscape in Tokyo. Although it is located in a city center, the nature along the bordering Kanda River bank and the greenery planted in the open spaces on campus have created a lush environment.
The group of buildings that make up Juntendo University Hospital stretch for several hundred meters along Sotobori-dori are a symbolic part of the Ochanomizu landscape in Tokyo. Although it is located in a city center, the nature along the bordering Kanda River bank and the greenery planted in the open spaces on campus have created a lush environment.

An ultra-high-rise hospital that can provide advanced healthcare, safely and reliably

Using Advanced Structural Technology to Successfully Build a Safe Ultra-high-rise Hospital

The new building is an ultra-high-rise hospital that safely enables the continued functioning of the hospital even during an earthquake. This was achieved by combining a seismic isolation structure that minimizes the horizontal sway of the entire building with multiple technologies that minimize shaking on upper floors. The layout is functional with the examination area on the lower level where the structure has a large intercolumnar span. The wards were built on the higher levels, making it a hospital with magnificent views.

Optimal combination of structural technologies for an ultra-high-rise hospital
  • Vibration damperMinimizes vertical shaking
  • Seismic isolation structureMinimizes horizontal shaking of the whole building
  • Vierendeel bridge framesControls deformation by increasing the rigidity of high floors
  • Broad span structureThe load is born by the main column and the columns along the outer walls. This eliminates columns in the center of rooms, securing freedom in planning.
  • Main column

Optimal combination of structural technologies for an ultra-high-rise hospital

A fire evacuation system suitable for an ultra-high-rise hospital

We have also secured evacuation safety for an ultra-high-rise hospital to achieve higher level of safety. We developed and used a new technology, the SHIMIZU Hybrid Smoke Control System. It prevents patients from being harmed by smoke by controlling the air pressure in the corridors.

A fire evacuation system suitable for an ultra-high-rise hospital A fire evacuation system suitable for an ultra-high-rise hospital
  • ① Fire detection
     → Linked control of fire
    prevention equipment
  • ② Horizontal fire wall
    (to block smoke flow)
  • ③ Smoke exhaust
    (lower pressure)
  • ③ Air intake
    (increase pressure)
  • ④ Elevator for evacuation
  • Fire area
  • Horizontal fire wall
  • ① The Fire Safety System by Fire-phase Management quickly and automatically starts the fire prevention equipment.
  • ② The horizontal fire wall prevents the spread of fire.
  • ③ The positive/negative air pressure control prevents the intrusion of smoke.
  • ④ The emergency elevator is used for evacuation.

Diagram of the Fire Escape System

Advanced Infection Control Model

Infection control is an important issue for hospitals. We established advanced facility specifications for handling infectious diseases, based on the advice of the distinguished Professor Hori from the Juntendo University, who is an authority on infection control.
We created an environment that reduces the risk of airborne transmission with a combination of measures. Such measures include an air conditioning and ventilation system that minimizes the spread of airborne odors and contaminants and partitions between beds to prevention aerosolized transmission. Together, these cause the air to flow in one direction. We also developed a handwashing device that has little water spray to make it easy for the nurses to maintain hand and finger hygiene.

Devising ways to reduce the risk of airborne transmission

Devising ways to reduce the risk of airborne transmission

A 4-bed room with improved safety against infections A 4-bed room with improved safety against infections
  • Radiant air conditioning system
  • Furniture that serves as a partition between beds

A 4-bed room with improved safety against infections
The furniture that serves as a partition between beds enables maintenance of patient privacy.

Handwashing device with little water spray
(Developed by Shimizu)

A patient-friendly hospital

All hospital rooms on the upper floors have magnificent views. The mid-level rooftop garden also provides a restful space for patients and family members within the hospital.

The rooftop garden provides a healing space for patients, their families, and staff.

The rooftop garden provides a healing space for patients, their families, and staff.

Proof of world-class ecological construction

This state-of-the-art hospital takes the surrounding environment and global environment into consideration in many ways. It not only has architectonics such as small eaves on the south side and use of well water for the toilets and other equipment that uses non-potable water; all aspects of people and the environment have also been taken into consideration in terms of the daily practical operation and user comfort and convenience. Proof of that lies in the fact that this was the first hospital in Japan to obtain the LEED* (Healthcare) Gold certification, which is an international environmental standard.

LEED* (Healthcare) Gold certification
LEED*1 (Healthcare) Gold certification
*1 LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Developed and operated by the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute
A system for evaluating the environment performance of building and premises use
Local varieties of trees and other greenery have been planted in the public open spaces.
Local varieties of trees and other greenery have been planted in the public open spaces.

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