The Finnish Association of Civil Engineers Award brought recognition to Granlund’s hospital design

The Finnish Association of Civil Engineers (RIL) has given its annual award to the Inoroom operating theatre concept. Granlund has acted as an expert in hospital design and as a concept designer in the project.

The innovativeness and export potential of the Inoroom operating theatre were recognised with the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers 2017 Award. The winner, from three finalists, was chosen by Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner, and the winners were awarded on 23 November 2017 in the House of the Estates, Helsinki.

”In the Inoroom concept, technology, construction and human focus are combined in a space which people use when they depend on other people’s expertise,” Berner says in RIL’s bulletin.

Inoroom theatres are operating theatre turnkey solutions consisting of modular sections. The first operating theatres built according to this concept were installed in the Pohjola Hospital, Oulu, in spring 2017. In addition, similar operating theatres have been built in the Pohjola Hospital, Kuopio, opened in September, and in the Pohjola Hospital, Turku, opening next spring.

Inoroom is a product development consortium involving Halton, Merivaara, and Hermetel. Granlund has been responsible for concept design. The idea of the concept was born in the Tekes-funded High-Tech Hospital research project.

Hospital design and cleanroom expertise play a major role in Inoroom. The chief designer in the project has been Granlund Kuopio Oy’s CEO Jukka Vasara. He also acts as Finnish representative in the European standard working group Ventilation in Hospitals.

”The Inoroom operating theatre has been designed to meet the hygiene requirements of the upcoming hospital ventilation standard. The air distribution of the theatre has been implemented with a new type of dilution principle, and ventilation control is based on dimensioning according to the number of people,” Vasara explains the solutions.

Inoroom has also attached great importance to user experience. The modern theatre control system guides users, for example, to good hygiene through the monitoring of the use of doors, and all information and controls relevant to the user are found on one large touch screen.

The Finnish Association of Civil Engineers (RIL) gives the annual Award to a construction work, site, or concept which best represents high-class, high-quality, and innovative Finnish building engineering skills and knowhow. In addition, the award-winning work or project has been the best promoter of positive building-technological and social development in our country during the competition period. The recognition was granted for the first time in 1972.

Further information:

Jukka Vasara
Granlund Kuopio Oy
tel. +358 500 675 654

RIL bulletin:

Hospital image: Inoroom