American University of Beirut Medical Center


Located southeast of the main American University of Beirut (AUB) campus, the new medical center is uniquely positioned at the confluence of interdependent education, research, and patient care programs. The medical center is designed to house four distinct healthcare sectors, including a children’s hospital, cancer center, adult inpatient tower, and new procedure spaces.

Collaborating with Perkins + Will Chicago and Dar Al-Handasah Beirut teams, Elementa developed an integrated building design strategy for the new hospital with a clear focus on outcome goals. Elementa worked through the building design parameters from the inside out, and the outside in, analysing the impact of design decisions on patient and practitioner experience to deliver a high functioning and high performance building. The integrated design aims to achieve the following goals:

– Improved patient outcomes and experience
– Improved practitioner experience, alertness, and comfort
– Improved resiliency in typical (daily + seasonal) Beirut conditions: power cuts, quality and availability of ‘potable’ water; ultimate failure mode from an earthquake or conflict
– Reduce the project measured; Carbon footprint, energy, and water consumption

At the beginning of the design process, an energy benchmarking study and choose by advantage process were key in establishing clear goals and reasonable targets. For Elementa’s team to valuably contribute to enhancing the building design and performance, key local and regional issues were researched, discussed, and understood. Beirut’s hot and humid climate makes the building envelope critical and therefore extra care and attention and early design work has been critical to produce a resource-efficient medical centre with project goals of achieving LEED Gold (aspiring Platinum) accreditation.

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