It is said that the brand SAMOO pops up first in people’s mind when it comes to “hospital design”. We would like to introduce Bio & Healthcare Group of SAMOO Architects & Engineers (“SAMOO”), which is the only design team in the Korean architectural design industry that is dedicated to Bio & Healthcare sector, leading this specific field based on its top performance result from home and abroad.
Started as Hospital Design Team in 1999, Bio & Healthcare Group (“B&H Group”) has grown into the biggest expert organization in Korea for hospital and bio-facility design with near 40 employees in the team. Based on its abundant and diverse amount of project experiences and accumulated know-hows from design data, as well as through in-house training programs and R&D activities including seminars and web-magazine publications, the Group is establishing its concrete foothold as an expert organization.
B&H Group: Areas of Expertise
B&H Group is providing all-round services from pre-design activities to working design, CA and further to PM. It continues to expand its field of design to cover not only medical facilities for patient examination and treatment, but also R&D facilities, GLP-compliant pre-clinical animal test facilities, GMP-compliant medical device and drug manufacturing facilities, and GCP-compliant pre-marketing clinical trial facilities for efficacy testings.
< Areas of Expertise: B&H Group >
Holding an unrivaled dominance in medical facilities sector, B&H Group has been providing specialized design services to all sectors of the healthcare industry based on its experience of project delivery for more than 22,000 patient beds over the past 30 years, covering a wide spectrum of facilities from tertiary hospitals with over 1,000 patient beds to specialized centers for specific disease and treatment such as cancer centers, rheumatoid arthritis centers, children’s hospitals, and trauma centers, and further to medical R&D centers and clinical trial centers.
Based on its accumulated know-how and data, it provides speedy and professional services from a pre-design stage, being involved in medical planning works such as master planning, future extension planning, calculation of patient beds, demand estimation for clinical spaces, and space program planning. Then, the design stage is carried out by a dedicated project team that consists of experts including medical planner, medical designer, project architecture and etc.
One of the strength points SAMOO boasts is that it can provide the optimal services to the clients based on its close cooperation and collaboration with internal expert teams such as ENG Team, Interior Design Team, Sustainable Design Part and etc. It is further expanding its areas of service to medical planning for special fields (clean room/Proton, Particle Therapy facilities) as well as specialized consulting for medical equipments/vertical transportation systems/POE (Post Occupancy Evaluation).
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Bio & Research
Stretching out from its original focus of clinical research and trial facilities, Bio & Research of B&H Group is providing services to virtually all spectrum of bio industry including pharmaceuticals, Food & Beverages, Cosmetics, Heteroplastic Transplant, Brain Science, Medical Devices, and etc. based on its accumulated know-how and experiences.
In designing bio industry facilities, it is important that the design team is involved from the very initial stage of the project, working side-by-side with research field set-up and planning, in order to achieve the most effective result. B&H Group participates from the initial concept design stage, providing through-out and all-round integrated service across the whole construction process including equipment selection and installation by GMP and GLP planner and Equipment Coordinator.
< Example: Bio Facilities Design >
Green & BIM Technology
Due to the high usage of energy by medical facilities and bio facilities, it is all the more important to apply sustainable design technology in these kind of constructions. SAMOO is leading this area by applying the SAMOO Sustainable Design Guidelines it has developed through extensive research works in building environment analysis, air flow analysis, energy simulation, and etc.
< Example: Sustainability Review for Medial Facilities >
B&H Group is also highly recognized by its technological excellence, in that it applies BIM (Building Information Modeling) in the whole process of design from the initial schematic design to working drawing in order to achieve the best possible result while using VR technology in user meetings to allow the client better understand the design plan.
B&H Group provides systematic and sectoral training programs such as beginner’s trainings, expert seminars by external lecturers, intensive research sessions for specific sectors, and etc. in order to nurture in-house expert professionals such as medical/GMP/GLP/LAB planners, designers, and equipment coordinators over a mid-to-long term period.
B&H Group operates an exclusive server to classify and store data such as project materials, training programs, seminar materials, laws & regulations, research papers, and etc. The data server is managed and organized by a dedicated server manager, who is taking care of the server beyond simple data collection, allowing B&H Group to accumulate the highest-quality expert data in medical and bio facilities sector of Korea.
It also pays much attention in studying overseas medical and bio facilities projects, design methodologies, and research works, while maintaining close and robust network with relevant academia and industry, so as to read the latest trend of the industry and promptly cope with changes.
Bio-health industry is rapidly growing as a leading industry of the future, encompassing Bio-medical sector, which develops products and technologies for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease based on its innovation hub of hospitals, as well as Digital Healthcare sector, which measures and manages individual health status using informtion and communications technology.
In order to support such new growth engine, it is necessary to build and secure medical and bio facilities. B&H Group is exerting its utmost efforts to provide a whole-new level of services in this field with its differentiated and innovative technologies and design.
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