American University of Beirut New Medical Center Expansion
Square Footage: 744, 860 (69,200 sm)
The new expansion project for the American University of Beirut Medical Center challenges traditional healthcare typologies through the unique use of the sloped site on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean to enhance patient outcomes and visitor experiences with compelling views of and access to nature, dynamic public spaces, and the optimization of natural daylight.
A board-formed concrete and glass diagnostic and treatment podium acts as a gateway at the ground plane, allowing the adjacent campus gardens to extend through the medical center. At the tower levels, adult and pediatric care ICUs sit behind a screening structure that reduces overall solar heat gain while maintaining views to the Mediterranean Sea and maximizes space within the sloping zoning envelope. Landscaped areas throughout ensure equitable views for all patients and provide publicly accessible areas of respite that emphasize the three-part programmatic identity.
The new building includes a new main entrance to the medical center, a new emergency department with improved access, a specialized children’s cancer and heart center, cancer beds for adults, a radiation oncology center, and a new surgery center with hybrid ORs. Connected to the existing hospital through tunnels and bridges, the NMCE is fully integrated with the existing medical center; through reimagined pedestrian crossing, the NMCE connects the medical center to the historic academic AUB campus.