offered advantages for the natural building ventilation and lighting. The complex consists of 11 blocks, divided by speciality, with the following specifications: Imaging: This space was created to

cater for the demands of external users. The block is provided with two tomography rooms, two X-ray rooms, and one bronchoscopy room. Blood collection and laboratory: With

five collecting cabins and one collecting room, this area will attend to the needs of approximately 192 users. It will also possess a laboratory for emergency results and other results could be outsourced. Physiotherapy: This is of great

importance for the cure and rehabilitation of patients with pulmonary issues. Therefore, this area has three global posture re-education rooms, four physiotherapy rooms, five external physiotherapy cabins, and two physiotherapy clinic rooms. Swimming pool: This is one of the

adopted techniques for lung rehabilitation. There will be two shallow pools – one for performing aerobics under water or for childrens recreational swimming, and the other pool features a 25m swimming lane. All pools will have accessibility ramps. The support block will provide changing rooms, living rooms, and support rooms. Rehabilitation: This area will have

two medical clinics for physiologists and nutricianists. It will also have a pilates room, collective fitness room, bodybuilding room, changing rooms and support rooms. Paediatric clinic: The paediatric block

will have two pneumology clinics, two allergy clinics and an immunisation area. The area will also provide for lung function tests, spirometry tests and other support services. Adult clinic: The adult clinical block will have two pneumonia clinics, two

An aerial view of the complex.

allergy clinics, an immunisation area, and again will provide for lung function tests, spirometry tests and other support services. Support: The support block will have

the necessary structure to support the health buildings. It will include changing rooms, storage for uniforms, building maintenance, equipment guard and an area for support staff. Management department: The

administration block will include the health building along with the departments of finance, management, computing, files, the director’s office, and a meeting room. Restaurant:With a structure that aims

to cater for up to 1,312 people – including users and employees – the restaurant will have a professional kitchen structure that will contain an internal and external hall, waiters’ court, cooking area, dishes and pans washing area, dry stock, cooled stock, changing rooms for employees, support staff and toilets for clients. Education: This block will contain two classrooms with capacity for 30 students

per classroom, and an auditorium with 126 seats. It will also contain a library for books and journals on the the subject of pulmonary health. In the roof, there is a large relaxation

area that is available for the use of the community. This area provides a running track, an outdoor gym, toilets, cafes and areas for covered and uncovered activities. The covered area is illuminated to provide the necessary lighting for the internal building prisms. It will also house 269 10m solar panels, enough to generate approximately 37,674 kW/h, according to the IEA (Photovoltaic Power System). Due to the wide variety of public

transportation offered in the region, the amount of parking has been limited to the minimum allowed by the municipal law, to encourage the use of of public transport, to help decrease the environmental impact of the complex.

Sustainable building concepts The design follows sustainable building concepts, therefore we managed to prevent the sick building syndrome. We also used as a design guide the LEED certification, mostly the WELL certification. We focused mostly on the WELL

The complex will include pools to help with patient rehabilitation. 72

certification – a third-party certification by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) – because this gives high priority to the user, given that the building should be good for its users, increasing their health improvement, their well-being and comfort, and helping to increase the standard of their quality of life. This certification is separated in seven evaluation areas – air, water, nutrition and lighting, physical health, comfort and mind. They can be grouped according to their impact on health and well-being, associating with one or more body systems, including cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune system, integumentary system, muscular system,


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