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St. Olav's Hospital in Norway

Photo: Helsebygg Midt-Norge
St. Olav's Hospital is the first hospital in Norway to completely integrate patient treatment, research and teaching. COWI has provided consultancy on this ambitious project.

The objective to integrate patient treatment, research and teaching has made the project particularly demanding. The solution therefore seeks to plan and design every individual building as an organizational unit including wards, day treatment and operating units with adjoining functions.

A sustainable solution

COWI’s solution anticipates rapid and unpredictable development in diagnostics, treatment, research and medical technology and therefore facilitates a continuous reorganization of the operation of the hospital and includes sketch designs for possible future extensions.

Knowledge Centre: BIM (Building Information Modelling)
Building Information Modelling (BIM) was used in the first phase of designing the Knowledge Centre. It is one of the first projects of this size in Norway that is carried out using BIM.

The use of BIM means that developers can download all the necessary information about the seperate elements of the construction project in a structured way - including full 3D geometry. This is used for progress and procurement planning, and for checking the design against requirements, solutions, etc.

Construction phases
The new University Hospital is being built at Øya in the central part of Trondheim. 

    Phase 1: 2002-2006

    • Laboratory Centre
    • Women and Children's Centre
    • Centre for Neurotherapy
    • Supply Centre - Part 1
    • Patient Hotel
    • Technical Infrastructure


    Phase 2: 2006-2015

    • Emergency department and Heart-Lung Centre
    • Mobility Centre
    • Abdominal Centre
    • Supply Centre - Part 2
    • Psychiatric Centre
    • Knowledge Centre


Design & Health 2014 in Toronto, Canada

​St. Olav Hospital has received a total of seven awards in the prestigious Design & Health International Academy Awards 2014 in the following categories:

  • Best International Health Project over 40,000 sqm.
  • Best Salutogenic Design Project
  • Best Product Design for Healthcare Application.

In addition St. Olav was highly commended in the categories:

  • Art in the Patient Environment
  • International Health Project less than 40,000 sqm. (Knowledge Centre)
  • Sustainable Design
  • Interior Design.


LAST UPDATED: 20.11.2017