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Peace of mind when parking at Spital Uster


New building at Spital Uster: the building complex impresses with its streamlined, geometric appearance. Fire resistant doors from Forster provide a high degree of safety inside the building.

photo © LOSYS GmbH | New building at Spital Uster: the building complex impresses with its streamlined, geometric appearance. Fire resistant doors from Forster provide a high degree of safety inside the building.

Spital Uster hospital in the district capital of Uster in the Swiss canton of Zurich can look back on a long history: over the past 140 or so years, it has grown from a small infirmary to an important acute care hospital. The existing infrastructure is composed of buildings from different eras. A new ambulance control room with energy centre and car park has now been built in the course of a restructuring process. Doors from Forster Profile Systems ensure access to the parking areas and protection against fire for the escape and emergency routes.

Located on the western side of the site, the elegant new building fits in harmoniously with the terraced area in front of the historic clinic. Almost 200 prefabricated concrete parts make up the facade of the ambulance control room and car park, which was built according to plans drawn up by the office MetronArchitektur. The building impresses with its streamlined, geometric dimensions, with a cuboid-shaped tower in the entrance area to the car park providing a striking high point. The parking garage itself has three storeys, each measuring around 3,000 square metres, and provides space for around 300 vehicles.

Access elements with a high degree of quality and functionality

Various access elements from Forster were used in the building, combining safety and functionality with an appealing design. A total of nine fire resistant sliding doors with escape route function act as outer doors or vestibule doors for the various parking decks. The doors used here from the forsterfuego light system have a swing-in and swing-out function, which means the sliding elements can be opened as a side-hung element and the escape routes safeguarded in the event of a fire. 

The slim profiles integrated into the exposed-concrete construction have a black-brown powder coating and therefore provide a contrast to the surrounding concrete surface. The sliding doors meet the EI30 fire protection class, and the sidelights even meet EI60. Both elements are equipped with Fireswiss Foam fire protection glass. The leaves can be opened automatically using sliding door drives.

New solid sheet metal door variant from the forsterfuego light system

The Spital Uster car park is one of the first buildings to feature an optimised door variant from Forster with leaves fully clad in sheet metal. The transition from the garage to the ambulance area and the stairwell features two of the new generation of fire resistant doors from the forsterfuego light system in solid sheet metal, which conform to the EI30 fire protection class. 

Furthermore, 13 single-leaf solid sheet metal doors in this new version are installed flush in the exposed-concrete construction to close off the storage and technical areas. A double-leaf version also serves as a connecting door between two wings and has a striking round window in the opening leaf. Finally, three further double-leaf outer doors with fire protection from the forster presto 50 system are installed leading outside from the stairwell. These are bonded with solid sheet metal on both sides and have insulation in the cavity. 

The steel doors from Forster were manufactured specifically for this building by the metal constructor Bafento from Gebenstorf and represent a high-quality addition to the functional new building at Spital Uster. The infrastructure in the hospital is subjected to frequent use. The steel elements here do not require frequent maintenance and repair, meaning they represent a cost-effective, durable and therefore sustainable solution over the entire period of use.

Project information:

» Products: forsterfuego light El30 and El60 fire resistant doors, forster presto 50 doorsystem
» Architecture:  Metron Architektur AG, Brugg (CH)
» Metalfabrication: Bafento AG, Gebensdorf (CH)
» Client: Zweckverband Spital Uster, Stiftung Zürcher Höhenkliniken (CH)
» Photography: LOSYS GmbH

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