Kuwait: The New Maternity Hospital is the first specialized medical project in the Middle East at a cost of 220 million Kuwaiti dinars. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Public Works of Kuwait, the hospital is three times larger than the old hospital and is expected to be ready by the first quarter of 2023.
The Kuwait Times spoke to Mishaal Al-Anji, the project engineer at New Maternity Hospital, about the details of the project.
Kuwait Times: Where is the project located and how many floors and sections does it have?
Mishaal Al-Anzi: The project is located in Al Sabah Medical District opposite the current maternity hospital in a privileged location on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, and it consists of four main buildings connected by air-conditioned bridges. The main hospital consists of a cellar and a podium of six storeys above which are three towers ranging from 13 to 17 storeys. The outpatient building has two parking lots, a basement, ground floor and five floors. The multi-storey car park consists of two basements, a ground floor, five floors and a shaded parking terrace. The Central Utility Building houses all MEP equipment and is connected to the main hospital building via a 51 m service tunnel.
The New Maternity Hospital is a modern specialized hospital that houses all clinical and non-clinical departments related to the diagnosis and treatment of obstetrics and gynecology, including emergency department, laboratories, pharmacies, radiology, adult and neonatal intensive care. . Units are included. and outpatient clinics and nutrition services, in addition to administrative and engineering departments and supporting public services.
Katie: Dive into the details of the projects, who were the people involved in the construction, and why this design?
Al-Enezi: The parties involved in the design and construction of this project are:
End User / Beneficiary: Ministry of Health
client: Ministry of Public Works
Consultant for design review and complete on-site supervision: Pan Arab Engineering Consultants
General Contractors and Designers: Impressa Pizarrotti, assisted by a group of international health consultants, Studio Alteri, local consultants S. Al-Marzouk and Abihanna SSH.
65 specialized subcontractors perform all types of work from medical equipment to medical and non-medical equipment.
Katie: What are the tasks and tasks of the projects? What are the steps involved?
Anzi: The project is a design and construction project. It consists of six main phases, namely draft design, schematic design, design development, final design, then the continuous construction phase, followed by the completion of the works and handing them over to the Ministry of Health in the operational and maintenance phase.
Katie: What obstacles did you encounter during the project and how did you overcome them?
Anzi: The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the progress of the project due to manpower problems, lack of new work visas, complete and partial closure of the field, access restrictions for arrivals and delays in air and sea freight.
Katie: What about the number of Ministry of Public Works workers at the project site, the percentage of Kuwait and the site’s needs for new employees?
Anzi: The oversight team at the Ministry of Public Works consists of approximately 45 Kuwaiti engineers of various specialties and years of experience, which is enough for the project.
Katie: Why are such projects important to Kuwait? What does this mean for the vision of New Kuwait 2035?
Anzi: Healthcare projects in general are of great importance to the well-being of the people of Kuwait, and the NMH project is one of the projects registered in the five-year development plan. It is considered an essential component of Vision 2035 in the development of the healthcare infrastructure sector.
Katie: What is the importance of design? How many years did it take to make?
Anzi: The project’s unique architectural concept design made good use of the site’s excellent location on the Gulf Coast, which allowed 80 percent of the private suites with 460 patients to enjoy direct views of the bay’s water. The total construction period for the project is approximately five years, including a one-year extension for COVID-19 delays.
Katie: What is the interior design style of the structure and the total area of the construction site?
Anzi: The interior design of the project has adopted a modern, state-of-the-art healthcare facility design, with an eclectic color scheme for each tower to cater to the needs of local culture and mothers. The total site area is about 60 thousand square meters, with a total construction area of 237,000 square meters, which makes it a large project.
Katie: What makes the project different and unique from other existing construction projects?
Anzi: Healthcare projects generally differ from traditional buildings, and a specialized maternity hospital is unique from other projects. The layout of functional spaces, building materials and furniture is in strict compliance with special international healthcare laws such as infection control codes FGI and MOH.
Katie: What are the phases of the project and what is the final phase of completion? Can you give a brief summary of it?
Anzi: As mentioned earlier, this is a design-and-build project where the contractor must develop a contract concept design into a detailed design through four design phases (concept, schematic, development and final design), followed by construction and construction. Submission stage, finally the project was handed over to the Ministry of Health. The final project contract phase after handover is two years of operational maintenance for all works and three years of maintenance for medical equipment.
Katie: What are the security and safety rules in the project?
Anzi: A comprehensive program of security and safety procedures for the project has been approved in accordance with the rules and laws in force in Kuwait, as well as international regulations for safety and security procedures. The project was also equipped with the latest security and safety systems, such as cameras that monitor entry and exit 24 hours a day, doors of work suites with magnetic card systems, and a security and detection system for newborns.
Katie: How were the infrastructure and international standards set in the project?
Anzi: By building the internal road network of all kinds, pedestrian paths, drinking water, irrigation networks, fire fighting and sewer networks. A variety of water treatment of different types of polluted sewage from laboratories, operating rooms, kitchens, etc. is considered before being output to the main network.
We have used rainwater and surface drainage networks, central networks for compressed air, medical gases and liquid oxygen, power services from diesel and fuel generators to permanent and emergency electricity for all parts of the hospital, and communication services including internet and telephony. outside building. Surveillance cameras and security and guard systems.