The design for the first of these facilities, the Mount Sinai Ambulatory Surgical Facility, takes inspiration from the stand of banana plants adjoining the Soft Power Health Clinic in Kyabirwa, Uganda. The solar panels collect sun and provide shade, much like the surrounding banana plants. The solar array shelters and powers the simple, modular brick facility beneath.
The 8 500 square foot building is composed of three functional elements: a reception pavilion and a courtyard waiting area for patients’ families, an intermediate pavilion for pre-op and post-op activities, and a sterile pavilion with two operating rooms and related support spaces.
The facility will provide access to surgical treatments not available to this community before, as well as training for nurses and surgeons on quality surgical care. The medical staff will also be supported by telemedicine links to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, with real-time operating room video conferencing.
The project was awarded the AIA National Healthcare Design Award 2017 in Category D – Unbuilt.
LOCATION: Kyabirwa, Uganda
ARCHITECTS: Kliment Halsband Architects
YEAR: To be completed in 2018