Constructing a state-of-the-art facility
With Perth’s existing health facilities stretched to capacity, the WA Department of Treasury & Finance approved construction of a state of the art, 783-bed facility. Fiona Stanley Hospital began construction in 2009 with APP appointed as Independent Certifier (IC) on behalf of the Department of Treasury (Office of Strategic Projects) and the contractor, Brookfield Multiplex.
The hospital is the state’s premier public hospital and serves as the tertiary facility to the south metropolitan region. Services include 24-hour quaternary care, tertiary and acute care, emergency services, advanced diagnostic and laboratory services, medical, surgical, obstetric and paediatric services. There are also extensive teaching and research facilities plus a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital.
Collaboration critical to achieving programme
As Independent Certifier, APP was required to certify that the construction was completed in accordance with the contract requirements. The role necessitated an explicit level of technical skill and capability in order to understand the complexities of the hospital’s design and construction.
Key challenges for the APP/Arcadis (formerly Hyder) IC team included the physical size and volume of individual spaces within the facility to be completed and reviewed, the attention to detail required relating to the engineering services, commissioning and finishes necessary for a high acuity tertiary hospital, the number of documents and critical witness points, plus the overlapping programmes for multiple individual buildings put pressure on coordination and resourcing.
In response and recognising that collaboration was critical to meeting the programme, APP fostered a transparent and inclusive “one team” approach to the project, so that risks to achieving Practical Completion were communicated as early as practicable.
APP and Arcadis initiated progressive defects inspections throughout construction, reviewed required documentation as it became available, issued trial Practical Completion certification based on completed buildings and established hierarchical communications protocols in order to escalate issues.
Practical Completion was successfully achieved on schedule and Fiona Stanley has since won several awards including:
- 2014 Master Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction awards for Best Project
- Best State Government Building
- Best Healthcare Building in its category
- AIA WA The Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture 2014
- AIA WA Urban Design Commendation.