Construction projects on Campus Charité Mitte
This page provides information and updates on construction projects currently underway on Campus Charité Mitte.
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‘Bettenhaus’ Ward Building Charité Mitte
In November 2016, the contractors in charge of renovation and refurbishment handed Charité the keys to the fully modernized ‘Bettenhochhaus’ ward building. First opened in 1982, the building was completely restructured and refurbished in less than three years. It also received a new facade to enhance its energy efficiency. The new ‘Bettenhaus’ Ward Building makes Charité one the most modern university hospitals in Europe. Completed on time and on budget, the renovation and refurbishment of this architectural landmark on Charité’s historic campus was the largest building project since Charité’s merger with the Benjamin Franklin University Hospital.
Starting in January 2014, the project involved the complete restructuring and refurbishment of the existing ward building and the construction of a new building to house surgical, intensive care and emergency medicine facilities. The formal handover of the new Emergency Medicine Center (Charité Notfallzentrum - Rudolf-Nissen-Haus), took place on 16 September 2016. The Main Emergency Department was able to welcome its first patients in October 2016. The transfer of wards into the newly-refurbished ‘Bettenhaus’ ward building started in December of the same year.
The construction project also included plans for a walkway between the main ward building and the rest of Charité's historical campus. This walkway was completed in October 2015. Costs for the project totaled €202.5 million. The newbuild and ‘Bettenhaus’ ward building combined provide a total of approximately 620 beds.
Charité Emergency Medicine Center / Charité Notfallzentrum Mitte – Rudolf-Nissen-Haus
Even prior to the official handover of the ‘Bettenhaus’ ward building, Charité received the keys to the newbuild which now houses operating rooms, intensive care units and the Main Emergency Department. The handover coincided with the building receiving its official name of ‘Charité Notfallzentrum Mitte – Rudolf-Nissen-Haus’ (Charité Emergency Medicine Center). Once all equipment had been installed, the building was officially opened to the public in October 2016.
Charité's Master Plan also included the construction of a five-story cuboid building with a central atrium to be situated east of the ‘Bettenhaus’ ward building. Boasting approximately 8,000 m2 (86,000ft2) of floor space, this building is divided into three large areas: surgical facilities, which include 15 state-of-the-art operating theaters (two of which are hybrid operating rooms equipped with imaging devices); intensive care facilities with 71 beds; and the new Main Emergency Department (on Philippstraße). The top floor houses a recovery room and the central surgical unit’s intermediate care unit, which is lit by skylights. The operating rooms are arranged in such a way as to ensure they receive indirect daylight, thus improving conditions for both patients and staff.
Construction commenced in January 2014. This was followed by the cornerstone laying ceremony in September 2014, and the topping out ceremony in January 2015.
Charité Campus-Klinik (CCK)
The ‘Bettenhochhaus’ ward building was completely vacated to ensure all renovation and refurbishment work would be completed as quickly as possible. The Charité Campus-Klinik (CCK) building was erected to ensure Charité would be able to continue operating as normal for the duration of this work. Construction on the four-story building, which is situated on Charité’s historical campus in Berlin-Mitte, commenced in the spring of 2013. A high-quality modular building consisting of approximately 150 prefabricated modules, CCK offers comfortable patient rooms and a total of 339 beds.
CharitéCrossOver (CCO) – A Research and Teaching Center for the Medical Faculty
A new research and teaching center for Charité’s Medical Faculty, the ‘CharitéCrossOver’ building occupies a site rich in history and tradition between the Children’s Hospital and the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology. In addition to the Faculty’s most important scientific disciplines, the modern building also houses the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence and teaching departments (in particular the natural and life sciences disciplines represented in the medical curriculum).
CharitéCrossOver was the first of many Charité Master Plan projects. Demolition work on the old building commenced in late May 2009, followed by the start of excavation work in March 2010. The topping out ceremony was held in May 2011, and the completed building was opened on time and on schedule just before the start of the winter semester 2012/2013.
Facts and numbers
Floor space: approx. 13,600 m² (146,000ft2)
Total cost: €86.16 million
Duration of construction: 2009 to 2012