Health Facility in Uganda Gets Solar Canopy
The Mount Sinai Kyabirwa Surgical Facility in Uganda by Kliment Halsband Architects is a self-sustaining facility topped with solar panels.
The design for the first of these facilities takes inspiration from the banana trees found around the facility in Kyabirwa, a rural village near the equator in Uganda. The solar panels harvest the sun’s power and provide shade, much like the surrounding banana plants.
The solar array shelters and powers the simple modular brick facility beneath. The solar panels lay atop a steel framework/canopy mounted on the roof and the ground.
A hybrid battery storage system and onsite generator helps supplement the intermittent power available through the electricity grid. If the mains power fails, Mount Sinai Kyabirwa Surgical Facility can run off energy stored from the solar panels for two days.
The building is composed of three functional elements: a reception pavilion and a courtyard waiting area for patients’ families, an intermediate pavilion for pre-op and post-op activities, and a sterile pavilion with two operating rooms and related support spaces.
The facility provides access to surgical treatments not available to this community before. The medical staff is also supported by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, with real-time operating room video conferencing.
Surgeons from the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York can help their counterparts in Uganda with live surgical consultations and video conference call in to operations in real time.
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