The recovery and functional adaptation of the former Medical Clinics Pavilion is the first important step towards the construction of what will become one of the largest university citadels in Europe: the Health Campus of Pavia.
The pavilions of the disused hospital, which until 2011 housed Medical Clinics, Surgery and Dermatology, once completed will host 4,500 students transforming the areas of San Matteo Polyclinic in a new “city into the city” able to provide services of assistance, teaching and research.
The entire Campus, to be finished in 900 days, will be in close contact with the main health facilities of the city, thus becoming a meeting point to be also used for study and outdoor activities. Politecnica will coordinate the recovery and functional adaptation interventions in such a way as to allow the regular performance of activities in the neighboring buildings.
The project developed by Politecnica aims, through the re-functionalization of the Medical Clinics Pavilion, to provide the University of Pavia with a new center for medicine in which the teaching functions are in total synergy with the specific functions of the actual profession. Inside the Pavilion there will be 16 classrooms, with 36 to 240 seats, 12 study rooms, a computer room with 30 seats and 2 simulation rooms.
From a structural point of view, the intervention is divided into several activities: from local interventions of consolidation or reinforcement of locally insufficient elements, such as the floors, to interventions of global seismic improvement of portions of the complex.
Work on the Pavilion began in September 2019, after completing a diagnostic campaign for the structural geometric survey commissioned in 2016 by the University of Pavia. This campaign, aimed at measuring and representing the structural elements of all the floors and foundations, was conducted through a series of exploratory tests on the structure that allowed to clearly represent the extent of the intervention. Politecnica has therefore planned and designed the works for the structural adaptation of the floors, as well as the adaptation of the building to safety standards, fire prevention and optimization of the functionality of the systems.
For this project, too, Politecnica has paid particular attention to sustainable design. The new Pavilion will in fact be a structure with low environmental impact, thanks to its redevelopment without new buildings, it will be possible to avoid further consumption of land. Moreover, this complex will use almost 40% of the total energy consumption from renewable sources, thanks to a photovoltaic system and the use of geothermal probes.