St. Olav's Hospital - The Emergency Heart-Lung Centre

The emergency heart-lung centre (AHL) are two centres in one building: The emergency centre and the heart-lung centre. The building is about 40,000 m2 BTA and the largest centre in the new St. Olav's Hospital, Trondheim, and has the hospital's most demanding treatment functions as well as a helipad on the roof with an elevator going directly to surgery and emergency ward.


Helsebygg Midt-Norge, for St Olav's Hospital and NTNU






2003 – 2009


Approx. 40 000 m²


University Hospital


Project group management, architect

Function and architecture

St. Olav's Hospital was a unique university hospital when it was completed in 2014. It is the only university hospital separated into a clear quarter structure adapted to the urban landscape. The centres are connected by culverts under the terrain and by bridges on the 1st floor, containing treatment areas, and on the 2nd floor, containing research areas. This has made it possible to connect large common areas across centres.

The emergency heart-lung centre follows the principle of the general centre: outpatient clinic, lobby, cafeteria, sampling and circulation area on the ground floor, surgery on the 1st floor with bridge connection to the movement centre and the gastro centre. NTNU area on the 2nd floor and inpatient wards on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floor.

The medical specialties in the emergency heart-lung centre are:

  • ambulance and emergency ward, immediate assistance/emergency services
  • surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, cardio surgery
  • imaging diagnostics
  • main intensive care wards, heavy and light monitoring
  • sterile centre for the entire hospital
  • main kitchen for the entire hospital
  • EMCC centre
  • helipad on the roof

Activities in the central emergency ward in the north wing (emergency ward) are organised on a vertical axis with two large elevators. There is a helipad on the roof, and in the basement, there is an ambulance and emergency department. Elevators give quick access to operating rooms, intensive care ward and heavy monitoring.

The emergency ward is constructed in white concrete with a double set of windows and details in natural anodised aluminium. This provides powerful sound attenuation considering the helipad on the roof, where large Sea King machines may land. The emergency ward (intermunicipal) and the orthopaedic injury outpatient clinic have been given a red entrance area which is lit during the evening and night in order to clarify the function in the urban landscape. (The emergency ward has later moved to other premises on the island).


Shared turnkey contract with collaboration, based on contractor competition with a target price for the building.

Contact person

Per Anders Borgen


+47 92 07 07 82

St Olavs Hospital emergency
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St Olavs Hospital street view
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St Olavs Hospital roof garden
St Olavs Hospital courtyard
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St Olavs Hospital reception area
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St Olavs Hospital lobby
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St Olavs Hospital entrance and bridge
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St Olavs Hospital stairs 2
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St Olavs Hospital stairs
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St Olavs Hospital west view
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