Sidra Medicine
Doha, Qatar
Best Project

Owner Qatar Foundation
Lead Design Firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
General Contractor, Civil and Structural Engineer MIDMAC/CCC
MEP Engineer Qatar Kentz W.L.L.
Project Manager ASTAD
Consultants Inso SpA and Poltrona Frau Qatar

After the Qatar Foundation replaced the original contractor on the 400,000-sq-meter Sidra education and research medical center in Doha in July 2014, it was determined to focus on maintaining open communication channels and a positive working environment with the new project team.

Project manager ASTAD proceeded with the onboarding process for the new general contractor, MIDMAC/CCC, and created a steering committee that included executive management from Qatar Foundation and the general contractor to facilitate discussions on all issues in an open forum, provide direction on solutions and set milestones for the successful completion of the project.

Pelli Clarke Pelli designed the facility, clad in distinctive glass and ceramic tile. Three atriums separate different sections of the hospital and accentuate the dedicated entrances for different services. Each atrium shell is clad in tile on precast concrete panels, while the remaining walls are clad in Samba White granite panels and stainless steel, says Mark Shoemaker, principal-in-charge for PCP on the project.

“Sidra is significant because of the singular focus on women’s and children’s health,” Shoemaker says. “The facility has attracted the best medical talent from around the world in this extensive, state-of-the-art health facility.”

With the project team based in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S., coordination was crucial during both design and construction phases. Challenges related to fire strategy, pressurization, life safety systems, interfacing and pressure regimes for various departments were solved with compartmentation and zoning. A strictly phased and tightly managed process was critical to ensure a smooth handover in 2017.

Crews worked more than 50 million hours on the Sidra Medicine project without any lost-time incidents.

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