King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science, Al-Ahsa
Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
Square Footage: 1,450,000
Part of an invited competition, Perkins+Will master planned and designed Al-Ahsa, one of three new state-of-the-art campuses for Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences to promote economic opportunities and foster continuing education for both men and women. The Al-Ahsa campus is centered on an iconic academic building housing the Colleges of Nursing, Deanship and Higher Learning, and Applied Medical Science. The three schools will create a synergy to promote interdisciplinary education through sharing teaching laboratories for biology, microbiology and chemistry, research laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices and lecture halls serving up to 1,000 students.
State of the art research and instruction takes place within various types of labs throughout the three colleges. Special units including Emergency Medical Services, ICU, surgical, burn trauma, and anatomy labs comprise a very rich and diverse series of learning environments. The College of Nursing contains 20,000 square feet (1,860 square meters) of laboratory space—skills labs for medical technique, and clinical skills labs for workplace simulation. The College of Applied Medical Science contains anatomy labs in addition to the multiple classroom suites. The College of Research contains a variety of lab facilities including a six holding room vivarium, a tissue/DNA biobank and six BSL-2 labs.
Sustainability in the Al-Ahsa desert requires a comprehensive strategy that networks solutions into an ecological response. The college campus is conceived as part oasis, concentrating and conserving resources, and part organism, filtering and managing energy inputs and outputs. The main academic building uses many sustainable strategies for the climate with careful screening and shading design, advanced mechanical cooling and recovery systems, low-e glazing, and high performance insulation.