BOE Chengdu Hospital

  • area / size 4,000,000 sqft
  • Completed 2021
  • Location Sichuan, China,
  • Type Hospital,
  • Gresham Smith created a bright and light expansive building for the BOE Chengdu Hospital in Sichuan, China.

    As one of the largest Chinese companies for manufacturing LCD display panels, BOE is seeking to become a premier healthcare provider in China, and combine their digital and diagnostic technology with a human-centered care approach. Critical to establishing BOE as a healthcare leader was the design of its’ third and largest medical campus. The company called on Gresham Smith to deliver a holistic hospital design that will drive advanced medical care and take advantage BOE’s expertise in artificial intelligence, big data and display technologies.

    On the exterior of the hospital’s buildings, a light-colored stone accented by metal panels portrays a simple, but modern high-tech image. Vast expanses of windows create a sleek, uniform look, and provide views to the numerous gardens and capture as much natural sunlight as possible. To enhance the silhouette of the buildings, lush greenery was strategically placed throughout the site. Outside, an abundant number of outdoor gardens, including green rooftops, were placed at differing levels, offering patients views of lush greenery and places of respite.

    A project of this magnitude also comes with a high level of vehicular traffic. Patients, visitors, staff, support and logistics personnel all must have quick and easy—yet independent—access to the space. Using an airport-inspired drop-off system, the main road leading into the hospital brings vehicles directly to the shared use center, which includes several drop-off lanes that allow simultaneous car queuing to prevent traffic backups.After drop off, vehicles can then immediately drive forward into a below-ground parking garage.

    To manage their 2,000 daily inpatients and 6,000 daily outpatients, as well as the 600-emergency department visits a day efficiently, the design team placed a shared diagnostic/treatment resource center directly in the middle of the campus. The resource center is connected to the hospital’s other buildings through a system of corridors and sky bridges.

    It was important to BOE that a home-like feel be provided for patients and their families to reduce stress levels. For its architectural and structural systems, the hospital used several prefabricated components, reducing the amount of embodied carbon produced by its’ construction and eliminating waste. High-efficiency LED lighting and plumbing fixtures throughout the facility reduce energy use, and all of the interior finishes, including the flooring, were selected because they contain a the high amount of recycled contents.

    Design: Gresham Smith
    Photography: courtesy of BOE