Construction project

The large-scale construction project - 2015 to 2019

In keeping with the vision of founder Guido A. Zäch, the Swiss Paraplegic Group (SPG) seeks to uphold its pioneering role in the acute care, rehabilitation and lifelong accompaniment of people living with spinal cord injuries. With this construction, we are ready to write a new chapter in our unique success story.
With a bed occupancy rate at around 97%, the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC) is currently reaching its capacity limits. We hope to be able to meet the needs of a population whose life expectancy continues to rise, and which includes an increasing number of people who suffer spinal cord injuries due to illness. To meet these demands, we need more space.
The construction project will allow for the number of beds to increase from 150 to 190, as well as the creation of new operating rooms, a larger intensive care unit with improved postoperative possibilities, more space for acute care and a centralised public pharmacy. A new visitor centre will offer guests an up-close and personal look at topics related to spinal cord injury, the offices of the various departments will be configured as new multipurpose spaces and thanks to the new car park, the centre will benefit from 240 additional parking spaces.


We are proud of the new Nottwil campus, as 
we assist paraplegics – for the rest of their lives.

Construction project milestones

  • One of the many missions of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation is to spread awareness amongst the Swiss population on all facets of spinal cord injury, and thereby increase understanding of what it means to be paraplegic. For many years, we have been delighted to fulfil the great demand for tours of our Swiss Paraplegic Centre.

    But with this interest now translating into 10,000 visitors per year, the centre’s capacity to welcome members of the public has exceeded its limit. This situation should be alleviated with the construction of a new visitor centre. This new centre will also allow us to take a novel approach to familiarising visitors with spinal cord injury. Instead of offering guests a traditional tour of the SPC, the focus will now be on the personal experience of the visitor: interactive, multimedia-based exhibitions will convey know-how to guests in a playful and easy-to-understand manner.

    Schweizer Paraplegiker Stiftung - Spenden Projekt Besucherzentrum

    Preview of the new visitor centre.  Architecture: Hemmi Fayet Architekten, Visualization: nightnurse images Gmbh

  • A festive mood at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre: The structure of the North Wing is up, now it’s time to get to work on the inside. The construction party was held on Thursday, 29 June 2017. The North Wing is the largest structure to be built during the multi-year expansion project on the Nottwil campus.

  • The new car park on the grounds of the Swiss Paraplegic Group (SPG) opened at the end of April 2017. The walkway connecting the Hotel Sempachersee and the Guido A. Zäch Institute (GZI) has also opened. In addition, new signposts have been installed which make it easier for visitors to find their way around the vast grounds of the centre.

  • “It’s time to get to work!” On 1 October 2015, the Directors of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation and Swiss Paraplegic Centre gave the go-ahead for a four-year-long construction project. During the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and renovation of the clinic, we also celebrated the 80th birthday of the centre’s founder, Guido A. Zäch. It was a fitting way to begin another chapter in the success story of one of Switzerland’s most renowned relief organisations.

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