Centralization of health care

On average, 42,000 inpatients and 200,000 outpatients are treated each year at the University Hospital in Frankfurt/Main. The complex spans 60 buildings connected by 27 km of campus roads.

As the key patient care units needed to be merged into one central location, the entire site had to be completely reorganized and consolidated. In light of this, the old services building that accommodated the central warehouse and the canteen kitchen and service area for the staff and students was also to be replaced.


Construction of new central services building

The new central services building had to be in the exact same place as the former building. An interim solution was therefore needed to ensure continuous and regular catering for patients, employees and students.

In their role as lead consultant, io planned the architecture, statics, TBE, the entire kitchen and cooling facilities, and the central warehouse.

Since the new building was successfully completed, the University Hospital has been using a mixed serving system comprising cook & serve, cook & chill, and cook & freeze technologies. State-of-the-art equipment and cooking technology mean the kitchen staff can serve up to 5,000 meals a day.

Key Facts


The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital Frankfurt is the second largest hospital in the state of Hesse with 32 clinical departments and more than 20 research facilities. The University Hospital employs around 6,500 people.

The challenge

  • Centralize the essential parts of health care on the core site
  • Construction of the new central services building in the same place as the old building


  • Interim solution to ensure no disruption to the supply of meals
  • Architectural, structural and TBE planning, and all kitchen, refrigeration and central warehouse planning from a single source