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The New Jahra Hospital - Designing a 1,200 bed hospital in Kuwait

Please join us as the TRO|JB design and planning leaders of the 1,200 bed Jahra Hospital in Kuwait present the project and discuss the challenges encountered along the way.

In October of 2012, the Amiri Diwan and the State of Kuwait commissioned TRO JB and PACE (Pan Arab Consulting Engineers) to design the New Jahra Hospital located 20 miles west of Kuwait City. This new 1170 bed hospital includes a full range of services and will function as a Trauma Center for the Jahra district. The entire 7 building campus comprises over 7 million square feet of built space.

We would like to share the nuances of delivering healthcare expertise in a Gulf Coast Country like Kuwait. We have learned that culture and local construction practices have a significant influence on healthcare planning in the region, challenging the design team with interpreting familiar US standards in new ways.

Leading the Healthcare planning effort were Vera Van Middlesworth and Mark Thomsen, both Senior Associates at TROJB. Sapir Ng, Associate Principal at TROJB led the design effort.

AIA CEU's may be earned by self-reporting using the information above and the Learning Objectives below.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the similarities and differences between approaches to design,  bidding and construction between Kuwait and the US
  • Discuss the similarities and differences between healthcare practice in Kuwait and the US where both countries reference the 2010 FGI standards
  • Explore the cultural aspects that play a part in planning healthcare facilities in Kuwait
  • Summarize the difference between an architect led design process vs. a user driven healthcare design process