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EHA winner of tender Erasmus MC

EHA was announced winner of the tender procedure for the redevelopment of the Erasmus MC tower in Rotterdam. In the coming years this building, which houses the Department of Medicine of Erasmus University, will be thoroughly revised to be transformed into the “laboratory of the future”. Erasmus MC thus exploits a unique opportunity to combine its ambitions as one of the world’s leading education and research institutes with a monumental, characteristic and historical building. The “faculteitstoren” was built between 1966 and 1968 after a design by Swiss-Dutch architect Jacques Choisy (OD205). The famous French architect and designer Jean Prouvé designed the then revolutionary façade system with its innovative large-scale use of sandwich panels. The radiantly white 117m high tower (once the highest building in the Netherlands) will of course keep its recognizable appearance.

The selection committee did not make its choice overnight. Applicants were asked to put together a “vision document” containing rough ideas and a detailed project plan. They were also asked to submit a list with the hourly rates for each of the proposed project team members. A prescribed bandwidth ruled out any rates that were unrealistically high or low. Finally, the key members of the project team were subjected to a personal assessment, focusing on such topics as communication skills, problem solving abilities etcetera. This relatively new approach to tendering sets an example. In a project that will stretch over several years, a good match between personalities is of course highly important.

The first “exploratory” design phase will start in October and will be finished before the end of this year. The rest of the design will take all of 2012, after which construction in phases will start in 2013.

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