Sasaki Associates unveils masterplan for new hospital and health sciences facilities in Pakistan
Completed in 2008, The Federal University of Health Sciences (FUHS) Master Plan provides a vision for a 538 acre healthcare community southeast of Islamabad, Pakistan. Five key goals underpin this plan: create a world-class hospital and health sciences colleges; establish a strong sense of place that builds on the unique natural landscape; provide safe and direct access to the hospital; create efficiency through program integration; and integrate sustainability in all aspects of development.
FUHS clusters over five million sq ft on ninety-three acres. To foster innovation, the plan locates the hospital, health sciences colleges and private research facilities in close proximity. To create a vibrant community, the program includes dormitories for students, affordable housing for medical staff, and apartments for college faculty. To serve this community, the plan provides small-scale retail and commercial uses, recreation areas and cultural facilities. All combine to create an integrated academic and medical community.
Sustainability is at the heart of the master plan. Clustering development also preserves the surrounding ravine landscape. The plan integrates open spaces such as a central plaza, courtyards and terrace gardens to create gathering places and provide connections to the natural environment. The landscape captures rainwater, prevents erosion and improves the water quality of the Nullah River. Buildings are sited along an east-west axis to respond to the local climate and encourage alternative energy. Sustainable infrastructure includes a cogeneration-powered central utility plant and a wastewater plant for greywater reuse, and a regional transit center.
The flexible framework will be built in phases while creating a strong sense of place. It ensures financial viability through hotel, retail, and housing along the campus’ 'main street', while the colleges share a library and student center to save capital and operating costs. Ultimately, the plan put forth will provide a model for future mixed use, campus and medical development in Pakistan.