Sheikh Khalifa Medical City will combine a general hospital with a level-one trauma center and women's and pediatric hospitals. Envisioned as a city within a city, the design for the 838-bed, 2.5-million-square foot campus in Abu Dhabi endeavors to create a new paradigm for a medical center, one that is more like a bustling campus, with vibrant public spaces and a sense of community. Informed by historical regional precedents, the design seeks to strike a balance as a state-of-the-art vision rooted in local heritage. The design responds to, and is respectful of, the unique culture of the UAE and its demanding desert climate. At the heart of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City is a vibrant town center comprised of lobbies cafes, retail and education spaces. This lively and interactive multi-level space connects to a network of open spaces above the plinth. Located at the convergence of the two entry drives that connect the campus to Abu Dhabi, this town center exemplifies how this project re-visions the building type and serves to define and distinguish this medical campus as a true center within the urban fabric. The medical city will utilize state-of-art, high-efficiency systems as well as age-old regional concepts to mitigate the extreme desert climate of Abu Dhabi. From roof-top solar collectors to the simple fabric scrims that will shade the main garden level, a comprehensive climate strategy is designed to achieve a certified sustainability rating within the local Estidama guidelines (Abu Dhabi's equivalent of LEED). Sheikh Khalifa Medical City will embrace the future sustainable growth by incorporating systems that harness, amplify and support the natural environment.