Construction of Abu Dhabi's $1.2bn Al Ain Hospital 66% complete
Around 4,700 solar panels will generate clean electricity for the Al Ain Hospital in Abu Dhabi
With concrete and steel work finished, Musanada's $1.2bn (AED4.4bn) Al Ain Hospital is 66% complete.
A primary substation has been handed over, and utility, main building, and electromechanical engineering works are at various stages of readiness.
More than 3,400 workers have been involved in the Abu Dhabi hospital project that started March 2014.
Musanada is implementing the project in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and three contractors.
Al Ain Hospital will have 719 beds, as well as a multistorey car park with space for 1,573 vehicles. Offices, utility and logistics buildings, and a morgue are also being built for the hospital that has a total built up area of 34.7ha.
It will also have 4,700 solar panels generating up to 1.5 megawatts of clean electricity, as Musanada and SEHA aim to create an environmentally sustainable hospital that is efficient in water and energy consumption.
The building has been designed to allow shade to fall on external windows, helping to keep the building cool and preventing air conditioning equipment from overworking.
Hospital blinds on the windows are controlled by a smart system that automatically opens or closes them depending on the weather conditions.
SEHA and Musanada said they are using "innovative technologies" during construction to minimise water waste. Special valves were installed throughout the hospital to help with this, and waste water from air-conditioning equipment will be reused to irrigate the hospital's landscaped gardens.
Musanada’s executive director of the building construction management division, Ali Al Haj Al Mehairbi, said the hospital would provide "high quality healthcare services" to UAE nationals.
He added: "These projects receive the interest and close follow up of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as the project represents part of Musanada’s contribution to achievement of Abu Dhabi Plan and its main objectives on the healthcare front."
The building has been designed to meet the the highest international standards and specifications in the healthcare industry, so the new Al Ain Hospital will be recognised as a place of medical best practice.
The project has continued to make good progress, with Musananda confirming in August 2017 that construction had reached the halfway point.