MEDICAL COLLEGES COMPLEX-KING FAISAL Location: Al Ahsa - KSA Client: King Faisal University Plot Size: 113,000 m2 Built-Up Area: 282,405 m2 Construction Cost: 1,711,357,222 SAR Starting Date: November 2014 Affiliation: KMD Services Provided: Master Planning, Architectural, Engineering & Interior Design, Value Engineering Project Description: King Faisal University embarks on a pioneering venture, laying out a design project for the Medical Colleges Complex on Al Oqeer Road. This substantial endeavor, in sync with the general plan of the Teaching Hospital of King Faisal University in Al Ahsa, has been entrusted to consulting offices which have fostered partnerships with globally recognized international offices. With a solid track record in handling similar projects both within and outside the Kingdom, these specialists, representing the pinnacle of engineering consultancy in Saudi Arabia, are tasked to infuse the project with the latest technologies, methodologies, and international architectural styles.
The expansive scope of the Medical Colleges Complex comprises an array of state-of-the-art structures: the College of Medicine Building, College of Clinical Pharmacy Building, College of Dentistry Building, College of Applied Medicine Building, and the intricate foundation for Basic Infrastructure and General Site Coordination.
Incorporating sustainable architecture principles, the design intricately addresses the prevailing and potentially damaging north and northwestern winds, transforming them into a key architectural element. Above-ground parking structures, strategically positioned along the northwestern perimeter, serve dual functions as wind buffers and channeling devices. This educational design approach ensures the campus buildings steer winds to cool the spaces and the building facades. Further enhancing the atmosphere, water features interlace paths between the buildings, introducing evaporative cooling, and uplifting the comfort quotient.
A waveform roof architecture crowns the central shared academic facilities, including the Library, Sport, and Dining areas. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, this roof captures rainwater, channeling it to augment the aforementioned water features.
Cleverly clustered building layouts encourage collaborative interactions among students and faculty. Embracing a lower-rise design conducive to effective wind movement, the shared lab building bifurcates into twin structures. The resultant space between these edifices cultivates a serene sanctuary, exemplifying the educational design ethos and sustainable architecture that is increasingly becoming the hallmark of engineering consultancy in Saudi Arabia.