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Join us 10/09 for a Case Studies Webinar: Award Winning Project from China - Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital

  • 1.  Join us 10/09 for a Case Studies Webinar: Award Winning Project from China - Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital

    Posted 10-01-2018 08:30
    Edited by Isabella Rosse 10-04-2018 11:32


    The new Jiahui International Hospital is one of Shanghai's first private hospitals focused on delivering efficient, comprehensive and patient-focused healthcare. Jiahui International Hospital is a privately owned, international-standard, and tertiary level hospital that is centrally located in the Xuhui District. It is currently the largest, foreign-invested joint venture hospital in Shanghai. From design to operation, Jiahui uses best practices to be an internationally recognized, leading medical institution in China, providing high-quality, patient-centric, and integrated healthcare services, professional training and clinical research.

    Envisioned as a "hospital in a garden," bringing natural light and greenery into the space was a major design goal for the project. A large, park-like central courtyard with trees, shrubbery, grasses and pathways is a key design element and acts as a primary wayfinding device within the building. Visible from most areas on the lower levels, the courtyard is the heart of the project, giving the campus a true sense of place. The first phase of the hospital was completed in 2017 with a total of 246 beds. Phase two will bring the capacity to 500 beds. 

    By helping to manage stormwater on-site, the gardens were also a factor in the project becoming the first-ever LEED HC Gold certified hospital in China. Additional sustainability features include the terracotta facade that reduces solar heat gain, a highly efficient central energy plant and healthy materials throughout.

    John Lyon, NBBJ Director of Healthcare in Asia, will share lessons learned, challenges and the overseas opportunities available in healthcare design and medical planning. He will also discuss the importance of balancing cultural expectations with international best practices in healthcare.

    Learning objectives

    After participating in this webinar attendees will be equipped to:

    1. Learn functional planning and design issues of an international-standard hospital
    2. Understand the importance of an efficient, comprehensive and patient-focused healthcare environment in China
    3. Discuss the balancing cultural expectations with international best practices in healthcare
    4. Identify the sustainability features to achieve the LEED HC Gold certification with the garden space play an important role


    Aurelie Josserand AIA
    Washington DC