Oktober 09, 2017 | Germany | Project References

Refurbishment over replacement: A floor saves hard cash

Refurbishment over replacement: A floor saves hard cash

Weinheim, October 2017 – Quality that pays off – that's what nora systems rubber floors of-fer at the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Klinikum Neubrandenburg: As the flooring in six operating the-atres were still in very good condition after 20 years, they did not have to be replaced as a part of an upcoming surgical refurbishment. Only required minimal maintenance to restore the like new appearance As a result, the hospital was able to save around 30,000 euros.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

Still in good condition after 20 years

The Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Klinikum (DBKNB) – with sites in Neubrandenburg, Altentreptow and Malchin – is an academic teaching hospital of Greifswald University Medical School with over 1,000 beds in 29 clinics and institutes. More than 40,000 inpatients and 75,000 outpa-tients are treated annually. Ongoing modernisation measures and erecting new buildings guarantee medical treatment of the highest quality. In the late summer of 2017, six operating theatres were refurbished at the Neubrandenburg site. Ophthalmologic surgeries were fitted with new microscopes, which required extensive and time-consuming retrofitting to the ceil-ings. In the operating theatres for urology, paediatric surgery, ENT and neurosurgery, the IT equipment was updated, and the electrics were renewed. “Initially, we also planned to re-place the floor – after all, it has been in the operating theatres since 1997,” explained Mi-chael Dörnbrack, Manager of the Construction and Technology department. “But, on closer inspection, this proved to be unnecessary, the rubber flooring was still in very good condi-tion, and the joints were also intact.”

No expensive and time-consuming floor removal

After consulting with nora's field staff and in coordination with Klinik-Service-Neubrandenburg GmbH (KSN), which is responsible for cleaning, as well as the hygiene of-ficers and the nursing management, the hospital decided to refurbish the rubber flooring. „With the conversion to a new, more highly concentrated disinfectant about two years ago, the floor became increasingly sticky,” said Christian Kauert, Head of Building Cleaning and Transport at KSN. These residues were removed mechanically, and the floors were then treated. “Now, the flooring in the operating rooms look like new,” commented Dörnbrack and Kauert enthusiastically.

The savings potential for the hospital was enormous: Just purchasing a new floor and in-stalling it for an area this size would have cost around 32,000 euros. The refurbishment of the rubber floors, on the other hand, only accounted for around EUR 2,000. Another ad-vantage: “Because we did not have to replace the floor with expensive preparatory work such as sanding down and removing the old floor and laying it again, which would have tak-en at least three weeks, we were able to complete all the work in the six-week window pro-vided for the renovation,” said Dörnbrack. The fact that norament rubber floor tiles can be replaced individually when required is also considered a big plus, which is usually not possi-ble for sheet material or hard substrates such as Pharmaterrazzo.

With its extremely impervious and resistant surface, norament grano is easy to clean and can be fully disinfected. This is why rubber tiles are found in many operating theatres around the world and are considered to be classic flooring for this sector. Accordingly, the manag-ers of the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Klinikum concluded: “norament grano is as robust as it is du-rable, and offers good value-for-money”.

Data and facts

Building

Operating theatres Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Klinikum, Neubrandenburg

Client

Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Klinikum Neubrandenburg, Department of Construction and Technology, www.dbknb.de

Products

norament® 926 grano ed, colour 4896, area laid approx. 700 m²

Installed in

1997

Application areas

OPs, function rooms

Copyrighted photographs

Dirk Wilhelmy*

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum Neubrandenburg

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About nora systems

nora systems develops, produces and markets high-quality, elastic floor coverings as well as shoe components under the nora® brand. The company, which has its headquarters in the German town of Weinheim, was created from Freudenberg Bausysteme KG in 2007 and, as the global market leader, has shaped the development of rubber floor coverings for many years. With its more than 1,000 employees, nora systems generated a turnover of €221.1 million in 2016.