Kuwait Children’s Hospital (KCH) will be Kuwait’s newest tertiary children’s hospital and the largest hospital of its kind in the world. It will be located within the Al Sabah Specialty Medical Area in Al Shuwaikh, spanning 300,000 sq.m. and housing 792 beds.
The vision is to create a local and national hospital that provides a better future for ill and injured children in a home-like environment that promotes wellbeing, calm and healing. KCH will be dedicated to serving all the care needs of patients, premature through to young adults, and their families, giving them easy access to highly specialized care and a wide range of services including cardiology, bone transplant and oncology.
The entrance will be a five-storey tall climate-controlled atrium, housing enormous hanging sea creatures, public spaces and play areas. The futuristic hospital will be undertaking specialized medical research and teaching programmes to develop the next generations of health specialists. The facility will also include diagnostic and treatment centres to complement all tertiary care services, along with other non-clinical support and public departments.
One of the design’s major challenges was to find an efficient solution to supply energy and HVAC to such an immense building. The result will be its very own central energy plant with a 40 megawatt generator backup capacity, providing 100% redundancy in case of supply failure. The design will also feature a chilled water plant which will include: a 1.1 million litre domestic water storage tank and a quadraplex pumping system sized at 10,300 l/min (2750 GPM); 350,000 litre fire water storage tanks with two electric fire pumps sized at 3,800 l/min (1,000 GPM) and a cooling tower make-up storage tank of 1.7 million litres.
WSP worked closely with architects SSH and HKS , on the concept phase for the Ministry of Health and overseen by the Minister of Public Works. WSP provided Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing services (MEP), Fire & Life Safety systems and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
This concept phase demonstrates a global story for WSP, bringing together our healthcare experts from around the world. These include the team in Dallas who worked on the concept phase of the central utilities and central energy plant and oversaw the design and development in Canada, including the air handling floor and building tower. In addition there was local ICT support in Dubai and BIM and drafting support in India.