Construction Update - December 2014

Posted 01.12.14

Significant milestones have been achieved on the construction site of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital in 2014. The year has seen the structural completion of the Facilities Management Centre (FMC); commencement of construction and fit out of the main car park (P1); and substantial progress made on the Main Hospital Building structure and high level service installation to the lower floors, among many other achievements.

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Installation of the four diesel generators for the site will commence in early December on level three (the roof) of the Facilities Management Centre (FMC), which is located at the southern end of the site between Kawana Way and Hollows Lane. The generators will supply up to 10 Megawatts of emergency power to the public hospital within 30 seconds should the hospital lose permanent power from the adjacent Birtinya Energex substation. The diesel tanks on site can supply the generators at full load for up to two days.

The FMC will be the second building to have one of the eleven tower-cranes used on site throughout the project removed, with the first crane taken down following completion of P2 in December last year. 'Geoff', named after Geoff Peters from the Sunshine Coast Council, Economic Development, will be dismantled at the end of November to allow for façade cladding to commence on the FMC and to make way for a 500 tonne mobile crane that is required to lift the generators and air-conditioning chillers into place.

Moving across to the Main Hospital Building, the columns for the link bridges that connect the Main Hospital Building to the FMC and the FMC to the main multi-storey car park have been installed. Level three floor slabs are nearing completion and more than a third of level four slabs have also been poured. Level five slab pours will commence in November and pours for level six will also commence before the end of the year.

Fact #1: There are over 2,580 concrete columns in the public hospital.

The East Building of the Main Hospital Building (MHB) will reach a major milestone in mid-November, being 'topped out' before the MHB, which is due to reach structural completion in the first quarter of 2015.

Formwork for the four Inpatient Unit (IPU) fingers is well underway. The fingers at either end of the MHB connect to the East Building at all levels, with the middle two IPU fingers starting from Level two up to Level five. The internal IPU's span above the Courtyard, the large landscaped area at the heart of the facility, supported by 16 towering cylindrical columns.

Fact #2: There will be approximately 28,000 square metres of grass laid at the public hospital, which is equivalent to almost four rugby fields.

Façade framing will continue to level two on the MHB, along with cladding on levels one and two. Commencement of the full height glazing installation will commence 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. The first concrete pours for the ground floor slab of the Hub will commence mid-November.

At the southern end of the site alongside Kawana Way, preparations are underway to commence pouring level three of the second multi-storey, eight level carpark, P1. The construction screening for the perimeter of the carpark is complete and will soon reach all eight levels of the building. Blockwork will commence in December on the ground floor and will continue into 2015.

A number of key elements for the hospital (including windows, full height glazing, service risers and mechanical ductwork) are being fabricated off-site. This approach allows the activity on site to be focused on construction and also manages the amount of daily workers on the site.

Fact #3: There are 34 decks across the MHB and each week approximately 5 decks are poured with concrete.

Stockland road works

Other stakeholder developments surround the Kawana Health Campus and from time to time these stakeholders are required to carry out construction works. Stockland have commenced road works on Lake Kawana Boulevard including the duplication of the two existing bridges along this road. The location of these works and more information can be viewed by visiting:

Reduced activity on-site over Christmas

There will be reduced activity on-site over the Christmas and New Year period from midday on 19 December 2014 through to 5 January 2015.

For all construction related queries, please contact the enquiries email or freecall number below.

"On behalf of the entire Lend Lease Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital project team I would like to wish our local community an enjoyable and safe Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2015."
Nicky Graham, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Lend Lease Building

Contact us

For general construction enquiries (non-employment related) or to register for the above construction
updates, contact Lend Lease on:

Freecall: 1800 302 021
Mail: GPO Box 2479, Brisbane QLD 4001

About the project

The $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital project is a State Government initiative to address the growing health service needs of the Sunshine Coast community. The hospital will open with approximately 450 beds in 2016 with the remaining capacity expected to be commissioned by 2020/21 which will see all 738 beds utilised. The hospital has been planned to allow further expansion up to a total of 900 beds.

The new tertiary facility is being delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with Exemplar Health, a consortium comprising Lend Lease, Siemens and Capella Capital, with partners Spotless Facilities Services. This consortium will design, build and finance the public hospital as well as maintain it for 25 years.

Construction Update - December 2014
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