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The Daniel ACC project came as a result of an extensive planning process that was led by Luma Sidani Kronfol, the chief planning officer for the medical complex as part of the realization of AUBMC’s 2020 Vision which was launched in 2010. This helped in setting the platform for the realization and implementation of AUB’s Vision on Health, “Health 2025” that builds on the recognized excellence of many units engaging in health across AUB, especially the core health units: Medicine, Public Health, Nutrition and Nursing, as well as AUBMC among others.

A lot of planning had to be done internally before the beginning of the design: the project governance, organizational structure, data, projections and work flows. Teams and work groups from AUBMC were formed with defined tasks and deliverables, to support the Program and Conceptual Design phase of the project that started in January 2012 and continued for 13 months.


Planning for the rest of the project phases (schematic, design development, construction documents, bidding, award, construction, equipment and furniture procurement, transition/occupancy) followed, including the formation of the AUBMC appropriate facilities and transition teams to support these phases.


The new facility will help AUB Medical Center to:

  • Enable high – performance academic medicine by combining Education, research and outpatient services in one building.
  • Improve the delivery of care for its patients and consolidate many functions now housed in more than three buildings to create Centers of Excellence including a one day surgery suite.
  • Provide patients the care they need to get and stay well in a more efficient and patient-centered manner.


Planning, designing and constructing a healthcare facility of this scale, in an urban dense setting next to and integrated with an existing, thriving and operating academic medical center, posed unique challenges in contrast to a stand-alone community hospital building. These challenges required retaining the services of NBBJ (Naramore, Bain, Brady & Johanson) an American global architecture, planning and design firm that was selected from a list of the world’s 100 top architectural firms in partnership with Khatib and Alami as the local Architectural firm.

In anticipation of the complexity and scope of the work needed to transition to the new Daniel ACC building and due to the multiple challenges anticipated including totally new facility, technology, operations , communications and mostly new model of care as well as the creation of a stand-alone surgery suite and its support services, it was very obvious to me that the transition will be a resource –intensive process that requires a robust set of skills and activities as well as using extensive existing human resources from AUBMC who will need to be guided by someone with transition expertise, a knowledgeable and experienced team who have been through similar transitions elsewhere. Accordingly in April 2015, two years before occupancy, we retained the advisory services of NBBJ Transition Team who were best suited for this project and could bridge the gap between Daniel ACC concept design and Daniel ACC occupancy to ensure that all the moving parts are effectively orchestrated and enhance our organization’s readiness before, during and after transition to Daniel ACC.

The Spacial and Functional planning of this new nine-story 21,581square-meter above ground and five-story 13,865 square- meter underground parking , LEED silver building, that will consolidate, improve and expand many of the outpatient services and educational programs, has been carefully crafted in response to a clear set of planning and design principles that integrates the idea of operational efficiency with solutions that improved patient experiences and create soothing environment that includes:

AUBMC seized the opportunity to create a new clinic module that features a central bullpen where clinicians can work together. The clinic modules are almost all identical to give flexibility in offering different specialties as future needs change except for certain specialties which have unique needs that do not fit the universal module. Modular clinic design allows specialty services to share space and increase building utilization. In short, the Daniel ACC is expected to enhance the educational, research, and patient care mission of AUB and AUBMC.