The Regional Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and eHealth

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Kigali, Gasabo District, Rwanda

The University of Rwanda commissioned MASS to design a center of excellence in biomedical engineering, rehabilitation, and e-health to provide a hub for introducing leading clinicians and technicians to Rwanda’s healthcare sector. The center aims to be a model for biomedical innovation and engineering throughout Africa.

The Regional Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and eHealth is financed through the African Development Bank and various East Africa member states. The objective of the project is to contribute to the development of a relevant and highly-skilled, competitive workforce in biomedical sciences and e-health to meet East Africa’s immediate labor market needs. The project seeks to boost the East African regional integration strategy in science and technology, service delivery, and expansion of labor markets.

The seven-story building’s innovative and unique facade draws upon the local craft tradition of imigongo and the historical King’s Crown for its pattern and design. The building’s energy plans and programming incorporate passive principles, including daylighting as well as natural ventilation for airflow and temperature control. These systems are married with program and collaboration needs, resulting in a space that sparks innovation and connectivity between all users.

Project Details

-1.94995, 30.0588493

Location: Kigali, Gasabo District, Rwanda

Year: 2016

Status: In Progress

Size: 6,400 sq.m.

Program: Biomedical engineering research hub and training center

Services: Concept Design, Architectural Design, Master Planning, Landscape Design, Construction Administration

University of Rwanda

African Development Bank, University of Rwanda, Archus & Associates