Medanta Ganganagar Hospital is a 200 bedded Super Speciality Hospital in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan. This state of the art hospital was designed keeping in mind the latest advancements in healthcare technology and design. A number of energy efficient systems have been adopted to make the facility green and sustainable.
The H-shape of the building helped in creating distinct zones for segregating independent departments while keeping the vertical circulation central. This ensured easy and unobstructed movement of patients, doctors and visitors, which is of prime importance in the functioning of any hospital. The H-shape also enabled the addition of an additional block for future expansion. A ramp has been provided to connect all levels for the convenience of physically handicapped persons as well as for evacuation of patients in case of fire.
Natural light and ventilation are essential elements for designing any building, especially hospitals. A lot of hospitals are being planned today as centrally air-conditioned facilities, but that does not mean one should sacrifice these crucial elements. The orientation of the buildings has been kept such to maximize glazing on the north and the south faces while effectively blocking the hot sun on the eastern and the western faces. The H-shape ensures natural light and ventilation to almost the entire building while still offering mutual shade to cut down the heat.
Wall and floor finish for wards, ICUs and waiting areas are selected in such a way that infection and dust accumulation is minimised. Sizes of the tiles were chosen in such a way that the number of joints was minimised. Antibacterial paint is applied on walls to cut down on the spread of infection. The subtle orange and white colour scheme is used to make the spaces simple and pleasant looking.
While designing the services the brief was clear – the systems had to be robust and easily maintainable – keeping in mind the lack of availability of trained manpower in the area. Any breakdown would require a company service engineer to come from another city.
Though the project did not undergo any green rating, systems have been adopted to make the building Green, Sustainable and Energy efficient. Insulated glass panels have been installed to minimize heat gain while still maintaining large glazing for increasing day-lighting within buildings. Wastewater recycling and high-efficiency chillers for HVAC were some of the strategies that were also implemented.
Manchanda Associates, because of their extensive experience in handling various healthcare and hospital projects, was commisioned to be the architect for Medanta Ganganagar Hospital.