Sidra Medical Center

Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar

The Sidra Medical Center is designed by Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli with the executive architect Ellerbe Becket in Kansas City. The design is a massive Research and Medical Center which will serve both the science and health for local Qatari's in Doha.

Zahner produced the three massive "wings" which salute the sky using the ZEPPS™ Process for complex structures. The subtle dual curvature required precise engineering and intelligent organization of components.


Rendering courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli.


Rendering courtesy Ellerbe Becket.

The Sidra project was unique for Zahner in a few different ways. Most projects produced using the ZEPPS™ Process feature a surface skinned with a durable metal such as stainless steel or copper. The client requested a terra cotta ceramic tile rather than a metal surface.

The project was also unique for Zahner in that it was the first structure to use the Export ZEPPS™ Process. While ZEPPS™ Panels, are often shipped to site and installed by subcontractors, this was the first project where the ZEPPS™ were actually assembled on the construction site.

Exporting the ZEPPS™ Process for Sidra

Under normal circumstances, the ZEPPS™ Panels are fabricated and assembled in the Zahner shop. Each completed panel is shipped to the job site, and under ideal circumstances, installed by Zahner's own field install team.

In the case of Sidra, these ZEPPS™ Panels were fabricated as parts, packed, crated, and shipped in cargo containers to the site where the parts were re-assembled on site by local Qatari installers contracted by Alce Engineering.  Below, a Zahner worker organizes parts for crating and shipment.



To organize this overseas project required the production of digital and paper instruction manuals particular to the Sidra Project's Export ZEPPS. Zahner Engineers worked with the Marketing Department at Zahner to accurately convey all aspects of assembling Sidra's Export ZEPPS™ Panels for prompt installation onto the structure.


Photograph of the paper version of the Export ZEPPS™ Manual for Sidra.

Sidra Installers in Doha

Assembly of an Export ZEPPS™ Panel in Doha.

Installers local to Doha then used the manual to produce the hundreds of unique panels in an on-site facility nearby the construction site. The panels were then crane-lifted and set by installers on each floor of the building.

Sidra Medical Center Overview

Sidra is part of a new medical zone on the Education City campus (Zahner already produced a public artwork for Jan Hendrix here nearby). The Sidra Medical Center will also include residential accommodations for about 300 nurses, a car park and a pedestrian walkway to Weill Cornell Medical College. Sidra Medical Center houses over 500 beds for patients.

At full operation, Sidra will employ over 2,000 full time staff, including a team of highly talented and accomplished physicians and scientists to help establish the medical and research facility as a genuine center of excellence.



Aerial photograph of Sidra, substantially completed.
Image courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli.


Located in Doha, Qatar near the Artwall at Doha in Education City's Student Center. View the Sidra Medical Center location in Google Maps.

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