Hospital site makes skyline impression
SIGNIFICANT milestones were achieved in the construction of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital during 2014.
The year has seen the structural completion of the Facilities Management Centre (FMC), commencement of construction on the second on-site multi-storey carpark (P1), substantial progress on the structure of the main hospital building (MHB), high level services installation to the lower floors of MHB, and the first concrete pour for the ground floor slab of the outdoor learning centre of The Hub.
Lend Lease Senior Construction manager Mark Plummer said the local community would really see the public hospital take shape in 2015.
"The construction site of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital will be a hive of activity in 2015 as it reaches its peak workforce and 100% procurement by the first quarter of 2015," Mr Plummer said.
"The community will start to see a public hospital revealed as the scaffolding is taken down and the facade, windows and other exterior treatments are applied to the buildings."
Mr Plummer said it was important for the Lend Lease team, contractors, stakeholders and community to reflect on what has been achieved over the past 12 months.
"This time last year, we had just completed the duplication of Kawana Way and handed over the first multi-storey carpark to coincide with the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital," he said.
"This year we are finishing the second year of construction with nearly 80% of procurement complete, more than 700 construction work
ers onsite, and we're on program to 'top out' the main hospital building early next year." As far as the past year goes, plenty has been accomplished.
The East Building of the main hospital building (MHB) reached a major milestone in mid-November, being "topped out" before the MHB, which is due to reach structural completion in the second quarter of 2015.
The columns for the link bridges that connect the MHB to the FMC and the FMC to P1 have been installed. There are more than 2,580 concrete columns in total in the public hospital.
Formwork for the four Inpatient Unit (IPU) fingers is well underway. The IPU fingers connect the MHB and the MHB East Building, with the two middle IPU fingers spanning above the Courtyard, the large landscaped area at the heart of the facility. The IPUs are supported by 16 towering cylindrical columns.
Facade framing will continue to level two on the MHB, along with cladding on levels one and two. Installation of the full-height glazing commenced in mid-December. This glazing can be seen from the interior of the MHB East Building facing the main hospital street and forms part of the Cancer Care Centre.
Infrastructure and in-ground services have now been completed in the hub, which will be the centre of learning for the tertiary teaching hospital and houses much of the Skills, Academic and Research Centre for the public hospital. The first concrete pours for the ground floor slab of the hub took place in mid-November.
Installation of the four diesel generators for the site occurred in early December on the roof of the FMC, which is located at the southern end of the site between Kawana Way and Hollows Lane. The generators will supply emergency power to the public hospital within 30 seconds should the hospital lose permanent power from the adjacent Birtinya Energex substation.
"Geoff", the crane on the FMC, was dismantled at the end of November. This allowed facade cladding to commence on the FMC and make way for the 500-tonne mobile crane that lifted the generators and air-conditioning chillers into place.
At the southern end of the site alongside Kawana Way, preparations are under way to commence pouring level three of the P1 carpark. This main carpark will service the public hospital with more than 2760 parking bays over eight levels. The construction screening for the perimeter of the carpark is now complete and will soon reach all eight levels of the structure.
Looking ahead this year, the public hospital site will reach peak workforce in the first quarter of the year with more than 1800 construction workers expected to be onsite each day.
Other key milestones for 2015 include the commencement of construction for the 50-bed Mental Health Unit. The MHU has been designed around safe environment principles that reflect a domestic rather than institutional setting and caters from Pediatric through to Psych- iatric Intensive Care.
The Facilities Management Centre will be complete by September, and the cranes that have become a familiar landmark on the Sunshine Coast skyline will all be dismantled by the end of this year.