S&T has designed 3 buildings as part of the SWAP program aimed at improving the health facilities in Samoa. Commissioned by the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa, the projects includes a Primary Health Care Clinic, an Orthotics & Prosthetics Workshop and a Central Warehouse building.
The Primary Health Care Clinic located on the Moto’otua Hospital site provides vitally important support to front line health professionals. This is the first line of defence against general health issues and communicable diseases. Also located on the Moto’otua site is the Orthotics & Prosthetics workshop building. This is the first state of the art workshop in Samoa, providing the means to manufacture high quality prosthetic limbs & orthotic support.
The Central Warehouse Building, located close by, is Samoa’s largest controlled environment pharmaceutical warehouse and plays a pivotal part in the storage and distribution of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.
One of the main challenges that the S&T team had to overcome is the remote nature of the project and client. S&T collaborated with local engineering firm, TGA, which ensured that when we visited Samoa for client meetings, we were able to lead the design process from a local perspective.
The remote nature also meant that S&T designers had to take particular care in material & equipment selection, ensuring that locally sourced products and building methodologies were followed.