Triad Architects in collaboration with HFG Architecture of Kansas USA were commissioned to design the Cardiothoracic Center for Tenwek Mission Hospital. The 4-storey Building with (2) basements is an ultramodern 176-bed self-contained surgical center located 300m west of the main Tenwek Hospital campus. The building is composed of (2) blocks forming (2) wings connected by a central core with (3) hospital Lifts and a W-shaped ramp. Each wing has adequate provision of staircases for fire escape within a 30m running distance.
The hospital comprises of: (a) an out-patient center on ground level with examination rooms, a pharmacy, a lab, a blood bank, CT and X-ray machines on ground level (b) an endoscopy suite on 2nd floor with 4No. theatres, a 16-bed recovery room (c) a training center on 2nd floor with classrooms, a conference hall, and offices on 2nd floor (e) the heart surgery suite on 3rd floor with 6No. cardiothoracic theatres, 1No. hybrid theater, an 8-bed preoperative holding area and a 32-bed post anesthesia care center (f) the general wards accommodating 80No. beds distributed in the 4 No. floors.
The Patient wards have large floor to ceiling windows to provide adequate views to the undulating green hills beyond Tenwek valley. This also creates a pleasurable light atmosphere which enhances quick healing. Running through all floors is a chapel. It is defined by (2) thick curved concrete walls whose concept mimics a candle flame in the night when interior lights are on. This symbolizes the metaphor of Christ being the light of the world.
Client: Tenwek Mission Hospital
Project Location: Bomet, Kenya
Gross Area: 30,436 Sq. meters
Completion Date: November, 2022
Project Director: Julius Kibwage
Project Architect: Julius Talaam
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