Pakistan Hospital in the Works

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Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan, Inc. of Louisville, Kentucky has been working with the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) to design cancer hospitals for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre's in Pakistan. AJRC has provided design for several impatient and outpatient facilities.

In the late 1980's, Imran Kahn launched fundraising efforts to commission and build cancer hospitals to serve his fellow Pakistan citizens. In 1994, the construction of the original facility in Lahore was completed under guidance of Naushewan Burki, MD, who was a member of the medical staff at the University of Kentucky. 

Since then, SKMCHRC has served over 250,000 patients annually with 75 percent of those patients receiving financial assistance. In 2012, the IKCA launched the design of the second facility to be constructed in Peshawar. Phase one, supporting outpatient care, opened in 2014. Phase twom supporting impatient care and research, is nearly complete and expected to open in late 2017. 

IKCA recently launched design of the third facility to be constructed in Karachi. Schematic design is in process with site-related construction expected to start in late 2017. AJRC is also current;y working on design for a large addition to the original Lahore facility.

Combined, the three cancer research and treatment hospitals located in the populated regions of Lahore. Peshawar and Karachi will provide cancer care to nearly 1,000,000 patients each year.

AJRC's role is that of design architect charged with programming and providing design development documents to the Architects of Record for each of the three new facilities. 

Building science varies from the practices that architects and engineers subscribe to throughout this region. Materials are limited and construction equiptment can be difficult to mobilize especially in remote Peshawar. For example, exterior building materials were limited to concrete and masonry as modern wall systems are far too expensive to deliver given limited access. 

AJRC were the architects for many Louisville healthcare projects, such as the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, which won a MediStar Award for Design in 2013, the Health Frazier Rehab Center as well as Park Tower at Baptist East.

Please consider making a donation in any amount to help sustain the mission of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre through the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal at:

Healthy House Opens in West Louisville


Healthy House is now open for business in Louisville's west end. This building is the new headquarters for Louisville Grows, an organization that assists community groups and individuals to achieve sustainability goals such as community gardens and tree canopy restoration projects. The Healthy House also features an art gallery, event & conference space, classrooms, and a commercial kitchen for cooking classes.  Read more about the grand opening and the new cooking programs being offered at Healthy House.

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital

Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp Chovan is privileged to serve the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre with design and construction of the new facility currently under construction in Peshawar, Pakistan. The state of the art facility is designed to US standards providing an environment of care on par with the best facilities in operation around the globe. The Phase 1 Out Patient Services opened to the public in December of 2015 while work to complete the Phase 2 Inpatient and Research is ongoing. Plans are now underway for a similar facility in Karachi, Pakistan.

In 2015, the original SKMCH &RC in Lahore admitted nearly 12,000 patients while over 200,000 visited the Out-Patient. SKMCH &RC is Pakistan’s largest and most prominent cancer treatment facility providing diagnostics and treatment to the Pakistan population.

Many patients do not have the means to pay for treatment while others pay what they can. Today, about 75% of the patients receive financial assistance. Accordingly, SKMCH &RC relies on the contributions of many to support day to day operations. To date, ongoing efforts have raised 61% of the budget required to support operations for the year 2016 with approximately 50% of these funds raised through donations.

SKMCH &RC was conceived of and built by Mr. Imran Khan, who in the 1980’s led the Pakistan Cricket Team to the World Championship. His vision to make cancer treatment accessible to every citizen of Pakistan received an infusion of excitement through his fame but its ability to sustain itself for over 20 years is the result of his tireless efforts as Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Khan’s commitment to humanity is reflected in the mission statement: “To act as a model institution to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer through the application of modern methods of curative and palliative therapy irrespective of their ability to pay, the education of health care professionals and the public and perform research into the causes and treatment of cancer”

Please consider making a donation in any amount to help sustain the mission of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre through the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal at:

Project Spotlight: Leopard Leap and Education Space at the Louisville Zoo


AJRC and CLR Design have teamed up to create the new Snow Leopard Exhibit at the Louisville Zoo. The exhibit features the Snow Leopard in its natural habitat, the Himalayas. The stimulating exhibit will encourage the animals to jump from rock to rock. Guests will experience the Leopards ability to jump up to six times their body length, making them the biggest jumper of the cats family. This exhibit, along with a Education Program Space, will be open in 2018. 

Louisville Boat Club Spruces Up in Preparation for Tournament

It was recently announced that The Louisville Boat Club will host a brand new professional tennis event, The Louisville International Open. This event, scheduled to be held annually, will be held on the grounds of the club. 

The team of AJRC & Realm Construction are providing renovations that will help to support this tournament as well as year round activities. Phase One will see upgrades to the fitness facilities, including areas for spinning & yoga classes and also a gym area furnished with new state-of-the-art exercise & training equipment. Phase 2 will substantially reconfigure the Pool Pavilion by changing the old snack bar and multi-purpose room into a brand new restaurant complete with a commercial kitchen and indoor/outdoor dining areas overlooking the tennis courts and pool.