Published By: Build Health International

BHI Featured in Microdesk Case Study on the Use of Generative Design at the Maternal Center of Excellence

Microdesk recently published a case study on how BHI leveraged generative design technology to reduce costs and maximize daylight at the forthcoming Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone. Read the full case study here

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A truly sustainable facility begins with a design that accounts for energy efficiency, ongoing maintenance costs, and other critical resource requirements throughout the building lifecycle. Organizations like Boston-based Build Heath International (BHI) are spearheading these efforts in emerging markets where sustainability is not just an added benefit – but an inherent need. With the help of Microdesk expert consultants and funding from the Autodesk Foundation, BHI was able to utilize a holistic BIM workflow that features comprehensive energy, daylighting, and solar analysis for a maternal healthcare facility in Sierra Leone, Africa. By doing so, BHI can save time, money, and lives.

Providing Quality Healthcare Options Around the World

BHI was founded in 2014 as a non-profit global health organization providing architecture, engineering and construction services in severely resource-constrained settings. They have since become a driving force in the development of over 100 projects in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. Their portfolio includes the expansion of the Saint Boniface Hospital in Haiti and assisting with lab updates for the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Redeemer’s University.

The latest BHI project is the design of the Maternal Center of Excellence at Koidu Government Hospital in a remote region of Sierra Leone. The facility spans 61,500 square feet, all of which required computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies regarding energy usage, natural ventilation, and daylighting. Additionally, Sierra Leone has a long wet season from May to October, when rains can be torrential, so protecting against wind-driven rain and flooding was a necessity.

Further, it was critical that the lean design also reduce daily operations and maintenance costs. This meant a building redesign was not an option for optimizing resource needs. Rather, connected BIM, generative design, and ongoing training would be leveraged to minimize material costs while maximizing efficiency.

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