All ten tower cranes are now operational on the site of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital, which is a clear indication that construction activity is ramping up. The cranes can be seen all the way from Sunshine Coast hinterland areas, as far south as the beaches of Caloundra and back through to the hills of Buderim.
At the southern end of the site alongside Kawana Way, the first level of construction screens on the second multi-storey, eight level carpark 'P1' are now being installed. Reaching up to level three of P1, complete installation of the screens is scheduled for mid-September. Trades such as formworkers, concreters, mechanical, services, electrical and hydraulics will increase on the public hospital site as a result of this construction.
In June, nearly 85% of the concrete was poured to level one of the Main Hospital Building (MHB) footprint. Façade framing also commenced this month on the ground floor of MHB, with the second floor expected to commence in mid-August. The finishing trades will move in to the ground floor around the same time, bringing trades such as ceiling and partitioning to site.
Construction of the three-level East building is well underway. The ground and first floor levels of the East building accommodate the Cancer Care Centre and elements of the Skills, Academic and Research Centre (SARC).
Concrete to the second floor of the East building was poured in late June. This floor is referred to as the 'Interventional Super Floor', and will provide intensive and interventional patient care on one level; with departments such as the Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Interventional Suites and Extended Day Surgery Unit all housed together. The East building is expected to 'top out' (achieve structural completion) in mid-October this year.
The Facilities Management Centre (FMC), which is located at the southern end of the site between Kawana Way and Hollows Lane, has had two large tank bases installed. The tank bases will be complete in mid-August, ready for installation of two large potable water tanks that will be visible from Kawana Way. The FMC will be used to accommodate food, environmental, waste management, linen and mail services for the public hospital.
The 'Gate 1' entrance to the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital site off Barny Moy Road has been temporarily closed to allow for ongoing in-ground services works in the area. The entrance signed 'Gate 7' has been re-opened, with entry to 'Gate 1' re-opened in August.
Parking is at a premium on the site, and additional visitor parking is available at the multi-storey carpark 'P2', located off Kawana Way on the Kawana Health Campus.
The northern footpath along Barny Moy Road has been closed. Visitors to the construction site are asked to take care when walking south along Kawana Way heading to the site.
Pedestrians must now cross over Barny Moy Road and take the southern footpath. A crosswalk has been installed near the site entrance to ensure the safety of all pedestrians entering and exiting the public hospital construction site.
For general construction enquiries (non-employment related) or to register for the above constructionupdates, 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 public hospital will open with approximately 450 beds in 2016 and grow to a 738 bed facility.
The new public 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.