Triad Architects in collaboration with Health Facilities Group, LLC are designing a Cardiothoracic and Emergency Centre for Tenwek Hospital in Bomet County, Kenya.
The ultramodern hospital building will provide a 176 bed-self-contained surgical center all within 4-storey levels above ground and 2 basements, located 300m west of the main Tenwek Hospital campus.
The building is composed of two interlinked blocks connected through a central core with three hospital lifts and a W-shaped ramp. Each block has adequate provision of staircases for fire escape within a 30 meters running distance.
Designed for both outpatients and inpatients, the building is equipped with spaces and facilities that demonstrate understanding of hierarchy of functions in a hospital. On the ground and first floors, the building is providing examination rooms, a pharmacy, a lab, a blood bank, CT and X-ray machines. On second floor, the hospital building will have an endoscopy suite that has four theatres, a 16-bed recovery room, a training center with classrooms, a conference hall, offices, and a heart surgery suite. The third floor will have six cardiothoracic theaters, a hybrid theater, a preoperative holding area and a 32-bed post anesthesia care center. The general wards accommodating up to 80 patient beds are distributed in all the 4 floors of the building.
The patient wards are designed to provide a healing environment through large floor to ceiling windows which provide soothing picturesque views of the undulating green hills beyond Tenwek valley. The windows also provide gateways for pleasurable day lighting contributing greatly to the healing state.
The hospital chapel, which has a noticeable architectural feature is defined by two thick curved concrete running through all floors which mimics a candle flame when interior lights are on at night. It runs in all the floors and is inspired by the metaphor of Christ being the light of the world.
Construction of this building is scheduled to commence in early 2021.