Hospital Building Design | By Sikander Ajam Khan Associates – Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center
|Project||Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center | OPD, Surgical, Fistula Ward and Training Center|
Architecture Design Firm
The project involved demolishing of the old ward and Designing of Fistula block of 60 bed with all allied facilities and outpatient department catering to 500 women of low income group on a daily basis. The additional design also included training center for staff and an auditorium. The ground floor also has ultra sound facilities.
The challenge of the projects was to intervene in a dense environment with security, social issues, and technical problems which were required to be surmounted, because of the high incidence of users.
The linkage between the proposed Surgical and Fistula Wards, is critically examined from, the following parameters.
1. Internal connectivity of the operation theatres, labour rooms, the present entrance and the existing wards.
2. Safety and privacy of female patients.
3. Clear route to the building and within the site itself and the internal circulation of the block its internal linkages, less dependence on mechanical systems and greater dependence on ramps and forced air circulation.
The project gives due consideration to its stakeholders making a user centered design. The user groups are doctors, health care administrators, the recipients i.e. women patients, and on the periphery are attendants of the patients, who often have to bring in supplies and medicines. Interaction between male family members with the female patients was a significant challenge to tackle, especially in the outdoor areas.
Environmental solutions have been created with louvers directing wind flow and acting as shading device for the weather of Karachi. Strategy of harvesting rainwater has also been incorporated to reduce the burden on existing storm water disposal systems.