National Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Gambia

Farato, The Gambia

National Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Gambia ©2021 IDOM
National Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Gambia ©2021 IDOM

The Government of Gambia has developed a National Plan for Preparedness and Response to COVID19. The COVID-19 Plan focuses on scaling up and strengthening all aspects of preparedness and response, including coordination, surveillance, case management, communication, and social, psychosocial mobilization, as well as logistics and safety.

Laboratory ©2021 IDOM
Laboratory ©2021 IDOM

The development of a National Laboratory of Reference and an Emergency Treatment Center, with capacity for 84 observation beds and 20 isolated critical beds, has been prioritized. Construction and design are financed by the World Bank. IDOM has been responsible for the design of the project, which has been carried out in a very demanding timeframe.

Reception ©2021 IDOM
Reception ©2021 IDOM

The project is located in an area called Farato Farms and is the first project of its kind, hospital and academic development of the future. With a total constructed area of about 9,730 m², the health complex includes 4 centers; an Observation Center, Treatment Center for critical patients, National Reference Laboratory and Training Center. These are distributed in different buildings sharing general services such as maintenance, cleaning, laundry, sterilization and common technical facilities.

Courtyard ©2021 IDOM
Courtyard ©2021 IDOM

The project responds to the climate and natural and social conditions of the location. It prioritizes simplicity and speed of construction using materials and systems available in the country. The design considers various bioclimatic strategies to achieve, at the same time, energy efficiency and comfort for users. The passive measures studied consist of the solar protection of the openings, facades and roofs, the careful study of natural lighting, and the enhancement of natural ventilation through solar chimneys that ensure a significant increase in air renewals each hour, fundamental in buildings for the treatment of infectious diseases such as COVID. A pleasant natural environment has also been sought that favors the recovery of patients with an interior patios and a large central space with local vegetation, contributing to maximizing the use of natural light.

Interior ©2021 IDOM
Interior ©2021 IDOM

Project drawings

1st plan ©2021 IDOM
1st plan ©2021 IDOM
longitudinal section ©2021 IDOM
longitudinal section ©2021 IDOM
2nd plan ©2021 IDOM
2nd plan ©2021 IDOM
cross section ©2021 IDOM
cross section ©2021 IDOM
3rd plan ©2021 IDOM
3rd plan ©2021 IDOM
section perspective ©2021 IDOM
section perspective ©2021 IDOM
4th plan ©2021 IDOM
4th plan ©2021 IDOM
elevation diagram ©2017 IDOM
elevation diagram ©2017 IDOM

Project information

ProjectEmergency Treatment Centre
LocationFarato, The Gambia
OfficeIDOM
ClientMinistry of Health. Republic of The Gambia
Project directorPablo Elorz Gaztelu
Project architectBassam Nory Alhassani
Other architectsAndreia Faley Fesch, Beatriz San Salvador Picó, Carmen Prada Alfaro
Project ManagementPablo Elorz Gaztelu
CostsIván Portela Fernandez, Esteban Cuartero Casas
StructuresAlejandro Campuzano Díaz, Esteban Huici Mesenguer
Head of Engineering InstallationManuel Carrasco Szulc
Environmental EngineeringManuel Carrasco Szulc
Energy efficiency and sustainabilityJulio Fernandez Amodia
LightingEugenio Dominguez Fernandez
Public Health ServicesIván Quintana Gil
TelecomunicacionesAna Victoria Gonzalez Varela
Electrical EngineeringEugenio Dominguez Fernandez
Gases MedicinalesMiguel Antonio Blanco Torres
Interior DesignPablo Elorz Gaztelu, Andreia Faley Fesch, Beatriz San Salvador Picó
Medical Equipment ProjectsMeirovich Consulting

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