361,000 sq m medical center will be largest single-phase hospital development in China
RTKL has been selected to design the Shanghai Changzheng New Pudong Hospital, the largest new hospital built in one phase in China. The 2,200-bed facility will comprise 361,000 sq m with an estimated construction cost of RMB 2.82 billion (EUR 304 million). The project, which will be managed out of RTKL's Los Angeles office, is scheduled to begin construction later this year.
"RTKL's design for the new Shanghai Changzheng Pudong Hospital capitalizes on China's increasingly sophisticated healthcare consumer," said RTKL executive vice president Brad Barker, who directs the firm's healthcare sector. "Our client challenged us to create a world-class hospital to serve a population that has come to demand—and expect—advanced healthcare facilities, patient-focused care and the latest technology—all within an environmentally friendly facility."
RTKL was selected through an international design competition in which more than 30 architecture firms participated. According to Xingdong Zheng, the hospital's president, "RTKL's design was an exceptional response to our goal of creating a modern academic hospital that will be internationally recognized for excellence in patient care, research, and teaching. The design supports patient-centered service as well as our desire for an environmentally friendly medical center."
The 2,200-bed hospital will include four inpatient towers, a VIP tower, an outpatient center, an emergency center, and an infectious disease building. Beyond patient care components, plans also include research and teaching facilities, dormitories for students and staff, an administration building, and a conference and reception facility.
“This is more than grafting Western-style design,” says Barker. “This represents the emergence of a robust new market with new technical requirements and cultural sensitivities that are unique to China.”
RTKL will provide master planning and design services for the project, which has no set completion date as yet, with Shanghai Municipal Architecture Design Institute as a local partner handling the construction documentation.