Where did he go: The New Maternity Hospital is the first specialized medical project in the Middle East at a cost of 220 million Kuwaiti dinars. In cooperation with the Kuwait Ministry of Health and Public Works, the hospital is three times larger than the old hospital and is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2023.
The Kuwait Times spoke with Mishaal Al-Anji, the project engineer at the New Maternity Hospital, about the details of the project.
Kuwait Times: Where is the project located and how many floors and sections are there?
Mishaal Al-Anzi: The project is located in the Al Sabah medical district opposite the current maternity hospital in a privileged location on the Arabian Gulf coast and consists of four main buildings connected by air-conditioned bridges. The main hospital consists of a basement and a six-storey podium on which are three towers ranging from 13 to 17 floors. The outpatient building has two parking spaces, 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 Services Building houses all MEP equipment and is connected to the main hospital building via a 51-meter service tunnel.
The New Maternity Hospital is a more advanced specialized hospital that houses all clinical and non-clinical departments dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of obstetrics and gynecology, including the emergency department, laboratories, pharmacies, radiology, intensive care for adult and neonatal. . Units are included. and outpatient clinics and nutrition services, in addition to administrative and engineering departments and public support 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:
User / Beneficiary: Ministry of Health
client: Ministry of Public Works
On-site design review and oversight consultant: Pan Arab Engineering Consultants
Leading 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 concept design, schematic design, design development, final design, then the ongoing construction phase, followed by the completion of works and their submission to the Ministry of Health in the operation and maintenance phase.
Katie: What obstacles did you encounter during the project and how do you overcome them?
Anzi: The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the progress of the project due to manpower problems, lack of new work visas, full and partial closure of the terrain, entry restrictions for arrivals and delays in air and sea transport.
Katie: What about the number of Ministry of Public Works employees at the project site, the percentage of Kuwaitis and the construction site needs for new employees?
Anzi: The oversight team at the Ministry of Public Works consists of about 45 Kuwaiti engineers of various specialties and years of experience, which is enough for the project.
Katie: Why are such projects important for Kuwait? What does this mean for Kuwait’s New Vision 2035?
Anzi: Health care projects in general are of great importance for the well-being of the people of Kuwait and the NMH project is one of the projects recorded in the five-year development plan. 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 become?
Anzi: The unique design of the project’s architectural concept made good use of the area’s main location on the Gulf Coast, allowing 80 percent of private suites with 460 patients to enjoy live views of the bay. 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 adopted a modern and contemporary design of the healthcare facility, with an eclectic color scheme for each tower to respond to the local culture and needs of the mothers. The total land area is about 60 thousand square meters, with a total construction area of 237,000 square meters, which makes it a major project.
Katie: What makes the project different and unique from other existing construction projects?
Anzi: Health care projects are generally different from traditional buildings and a specialized maternity ward is unique from other projects. The layout of functional spaces, building materials and furniture is in strict compliance with specific international healthcare laws such as FGI and MOH infection control codes.
Katie: What are the stages of the project and what is the final stage of completion? Can you make a brief summary of it?
Anzi: As mentioned earlier, this is a design and construction project where the contractor has to develop a contract concept project into a detailed design through four design phases (concept, schematic, development and final design), followed by construction and construction . Delivery phase, the project was finally submitted to the Ministry of Health. The final stage of the project contract after submission is two years of operational maintenance for all works and three years of maintenance for medical equipment.
Katie: What are the safety and security rules in the project?
Anzi: A comprehensive program of safety and security procedures for the project has been adopted in accordance with the rules and laws in force in Kuwait, as well as with international regulations on safety and security procedures. The project was also equipped with the latest security and safety systems, such as cameras that monitor entry and exit all the time, doors of work suites with magnetic card systems and a security and tracking system for newborns.
Katie: How was the infrastructure and international standards set in the project?
Anzi: Through the construction of internal road network of all kinds, pedestrian paths, drinking water, irrigation networks, fire networks and sewers. Before discharging into the main network, a variety of water treatment of different types of wastewater contaminated by laboratories, operating rooms, kitchens, etc. is considered.
We have used rainwater and surface drainage networks, central networks for compressed air, medical gases and liquefied oxygen, energy services from oil and fuel generators to permanent and emergency electricity for all parts of the hospital, such as and communication services including internet and telephony. build out. Surveillance cameras and security and guard systems.