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: https://www.ikca.org.uk/donate/