Aecom named lead design consultants for Jordan’s King Hussein Medical City expansion

Aecom has been named lead design consultancy for Phase 1 of Jordan’s King Hussein Medical City (KHMC) expansion initiative.

According to Construction Week Online, the contract, which was awarded by the Jordanian Armed Forces and the Directorate for the Establishment of Housing and Military Works, will involve the development of a general hospital to replace the existing King Hussein Medical Centre in Amman.

KHMC’s new facilities will include 940 inpatient single rooms; a 144-bed intensive care unit; 56 long-term care beds; a 36-bed hospice; 32 operating theatres; four intervention radiology suites; 60 dialysis stations; a Level-1 trauma centre, with a 16-bed burn unit; and a 140-bed emergency department.

Phase 1 of the expansion will also include the delivery of clinical reference laboratories for the KHMC campus.

Once completed, the hospital will apply for LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council.

Commenting on the contract win, Riad Nashif, Aecom’s executive vice president and managing director for buildings and places in the Middle East, said: “The expansion of KHMC, an iconic healthcare centre in the Middle East for over 50 years, is an integral part of Jordan’s plans to maintain the country’s high standards of healthcare and further advance its healthcare sector.

“We are delighted to be bringing our extensive healthcare experience and 60 years’ Middle East knowledge to the project, [which] will benefit from our integrated approach to delivering consultancy services,” he added.

Under the terms of the contract, Aecom will conduct programming and pre-design surveys; architecture, interior design (ID), and medical planning; engineering design, including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) and structural services; communications and information technology (IT) activities; landscape design; medical equipment planning; cost management; and preparation of tender documents and construction services.

The US-headquartered consultancy has appointed Jordan-based Consolidated Consultants to support the project’s delivery.

KHMC provides healthcare services for military personnel, and cases transferred from public hospitals across Jordan. The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has contributed $200m towards the expansion of the medical city.

The expansion’s subsequent phases will include the construction of a hospital for women, obstetrics, and national care, and the development of a 500-bed specialty medical centre.

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