Project Description


An energy-efficient expansion with an eye on the future

Saudi Arabia’s King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) has a clear mission: to offer the very best diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative healthcare services in the region. That’s the driver behind a major expansion, which will keep the hospital complex at the vanguard of clinical care in the Middle East for decades to come.

King Fahad Medical City- Building Exterior

Innovative Cancer Treatment

The 1,500,000 m2 project is bringing a number of advanced facilities to the campus, including a 231-bed Cancer Center with proton beam treatment due to make KFMC one of a handful of institutions offering the innovative cancer treatment worldwide. A new neuroscience institute, cardiovascular center and laboratory are also under construction.

King Fahad Medical City - interior view

Energy-Efficient Design

From the outset, the team behind KFMC has been determined to meet the highest environmental standards, believing that a sustainable hospital benefits not only the planet but patient outcomes too. The urban site is set in a green landscaped park providing the optimal healing environment for its patients. Setting its sights on LEED certification, the client assembled an international team, including members from the US, Great Britain, India and Saudi Arabia, to push for the very best in energy-efficient and patient-oriented design. Resources and materials have been carefully selected to minimize volatile organic compounds (VOC).

King Fahad Medical City - exterior view

Central Energy Plant Meeting Existing and Future Needs

WSP was hired to provide master planning, concept and schematic design engineering services for the expansion’s MEP and fire protection systems. Additionally, our team also provided design development drawings for the 5,500 m2 central energy plant. The plant is designed to deliver 14,000 tons of chilled water to the complex, meeting existing needs while allowing for future growth. Similarly, a 13.8kV dual-circuit electrical service – brought in from the local electricity provider – is geared for further campus expansion. The system also includes standby diesel engine generators, with enough capacity to power all essential systems in an emergency.

The campus also includes a new four-gantry proton beam cancer treatment center, the first in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our teams provided complete buildings services, fire protection, IT and BIM drawings for the complex facility.

Quick Facts

Location Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Client King Fahad Medical City
Architect HKS
Services Concept engineering
Building services
Fire protection
LEED consulting
Energy modelling
Project Status Due for completion in 2018