Chaney Architects designs another healthcare project for Grant Medical Foundation
Hinjewadi is the Information Technology hub of Pune, India. In recent years it has grown to become the second Silicon Valley of India. The site of this small clinic is located in Hinjewadi and is a stone’s throw from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The odd shaped site is barely 1,600 sq m with the road sloping by almost 1.2 m. The brief called for a small but effective Trauma and Emergency Center, as well as a diagnostic and treatment facility addressed specifically for the common problems afflicting those employed in the IT and software industry.
The challenge was to make the best use of the site limitations. The proposed design comprises of a basement for parking and six floors. Pune’s notoriously high rate of road accidents is well known – amongst the highest in the world. This Trauma Center is equipped with a four bed emergency ward, supported by a MRI and X-Ray on the ground floor; and with an Operation Theater, an eight bed Intensive Care Unit, a pathology lab and a blood store on the fourth floor.
The young population employed in the IT industry is a highly stressed out lot. The diagnostic center on the first floor comprises a CT scan, stress test, ultra-sound imaging, a small physiotherapy unit and out-patient consultant rooms. Two floors are dedicated to private and semi-private rooms for in-patients. The north façade is fully glazed to provide as much natural light as possible to the public areas.
The other three elevations are covered with insulated aluminum composite panels, punctured by small windows. The interior finishes are carefully selected to maintain a high level of cleanliness. Almost all finishing materials are locally manufactured. The fifty-five bed Center belongs to Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune’s premier health care institute. Excavation is in progress. Construction is due to start shortly.