Mercer Institute for Successful Aging

Project: Mercer Institute for Successful Aging, St. James's Hospital, Dublin
Completion Date: 2016
Client: St. James's Hospital Board
Project Value: €40m
Services Provided: Full Civil and Structural Engineering Services
Project Size: 15,000m2

Project Description

Mercer Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital is a purpose built, €40 million healthcare facility in Dublin. The structure is a 7 storey RC frame utilizing post tensioned slab and beams to provide a lighter building. Significant challenges on this project included designing a structure on a congested site with numerous existing services servicing a live hospital and constructing over an existing basement car park structure.

The structure has been designed to Eurocode Standards. The project also sees the use of latest BIM modelling software to Level of Design 200. This has enabled us to generate analytical models from the draughting model and contribute to a large scale co-ordination process with other design disciplines and main contractor prior to construction.

The structure has a floor area in excess of 15,000m2 over seven stories providing research facilities, consultation spaces, meeting spaces, day areas, roof terrace spaces, a courtyard with naturally lit foyer, conference rooms and 76 en-suite bedrooms with further ward spaces to accommodate a total of 116 beds. The entrance area to this new facility will be a civic space, opening out onto a public park area which is serviced by the City’s LUAS light rail public transport system.

The Mercer Institute for Successful Aging (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin will provide innovation in the delivery of services to Ireland’s growing aging population. It represents the realization of the State’s vision to deliver a holistic approach to successful aging in Ireland, for the first time, in one central, state-of-the-art facility. This new facility will work to provide mental stimulation and improve morale, thereby increasing the quality of life for older people in Ireland.


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