The Päijät-Häme Central Hospital in Finland recently underwent a major renovation, adding an impressive 33,600 square meters of new office space to the hospital, making it one of the largest in Finland. But with such a large and busy space, it was crucial to ensure that the acoustics were of the highest standard.

Acoustic Solutions by Rockfon

Rockfon's team of experts set out to revolutionise the soundscape of the hospital by installing over 20,000 square meters of acoustic ceilings throughout the hospital, using a variety of their products to ensure that every area had the perfect sound environment. In the main corridors and general areas of the hospital, Rockfon Sonar ceiling tiles were chosen for their ability to absorb sound and reduce echo, creating a soothing atmosphere.

Hygiene at the Forefront

In areas that required higher levels of hygiene, such as the maternity ward and operating theatres, Rockfon Hygienic and Hygienic Plus tiles were installed. These tiles are made with easy to clean materials and are perfect for areas where infection control is a top priority. Since the completion of the project, these product lines have been replaced by the new Rockfon CleanSpace product family, further emphasising the focus on hygiene.

Eliminating Echo in Challenging Spaces

The new hospital building posed challenges in terms of acoustics, such as its impressive two-story high cafeteria. But thanks to the expert installation of Rockfon products, echo is now a thing of the past. Patients, staff, and visitors can enjoy a truly pleasant and peaceful sound environment in all areas of the hospital, no matter how challenging the space.

Päijät-Häme Central Hospital's Renovation

Keskussairaalankatu 7
15850 Lahti

The coffee shop space, even with its high ceilings, remains echo-free. The peaceful and quiet ambiance makes it a comfortable spot to relax.

Johanna Aitamurto

Facilities manager, Päijät-Häme wellness area

Patient and Staff Satisfaction

Johanna Aitamurto, the Facility Director of the Päijät-Häme wellness area, has received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from both employees and customers about the peaceful sound environment created by Rockfon products.

The new premises have very good acoustics. The main lobby area in particular has been perceived as calm and pleasant. Sound insulation in other premises has been found to be good for both customers and employees.

The choice of Päijät-Häme Central Hospital was also influenced by Rockfon's readiness to deliver the products immediately. In addition, the price of the products was competitive.

Kari Kerminen

CEO, Rakennus Kankainen Oy

The Contractor's Perspective

Kari Kermisen, CEO of the contractor Rakennus Kankainen, who was responsible for the suspended ceilings, had a strong vision for the project and knew that Rockfon was the perfect choice for the job. He said, "We have already installed Rockfon's acoustic solutions in countless different locations. Both the products and the company have become familiar there, and when choosing products you should know both. In the Päijät-Häme central hospital project, familiar products were still in use, the installation of which was familiar. Cooperation with Rockfon's staff also works well."

The Päijät-Häme Central Hospital expansion was not the first time Rakennus Kankainen had the opportunity to use Rockfon's acoustic ceilings, they had prior experience with this type of installation. They had installed over 30,000 square meters of Rockfon's suspended ceilings in Espoo Hospital and thus, had a well-established familiarity with creating exceptional sound environments in a healthcare setting.

The renovation of the Päijät-Häme Central Hospital is a shining example of how the right acoustic solutions can make a huge difference in creating a comfortable and relaxing environment for patients, staff and visitors alike. The hospital can now boast of not only being one of the largest in Finland, but also having the best acoustics thanks to Rockfon.


Päijät-Häme Central Hospital, Lahti, Finland

Location:Lahti, Finland
Architect:Raami Arkkitehdit Oy
Installer:Rakennus Kankainen Oy
Photographer:Mikko Käkelä

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