In conjunction with Engineers for Overseas Development, HKS Architects update the maternity unit in Kachumbala, Uganda to be more self-efficient and functional. For the structure, the firm uses locally sourced materials and embraces new tech advancements in the sphere of sustainability. The new facility can "accommodate up to six births a day" and is largely self-sustaining.
Kachumbala has a hot and dry climate. Hence, figuring out a way to build a maternity unit that will suit this environment was a top priority for HKS Architects. The hospital is, thus, "entirely passive and self-sufficient, able to generate its own power [with solar panels], collect its own water [from the roof], and keep rooms comfortably cool without air conditioning." In building the maternity unit, the architects were mindful of the local limitations.