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Concrete In Australia : March 2013
14 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 1 NEWS Concrete solutions in hospital construction by Donald Macmillan Concrete has been a signi cant component in meeting the design challenges faced on the structural design of the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital development. Future exibility of oor plans, radiation shielding and vibration performance were key parameters that led to the selection of concrete solutions, along with re resistance, durability and environmentally sustainable design requirements. Construction challenges were also considered during the design phase including the availability of materials and labour, exibility of form, buildability and speed of construction. e Fiona Stanley Hospital project represents the biggest public infrastructure project currently under construction in Western Australia. e hospital consists of eight new buildings, with a combined oor area of approximately 232,000m2, along with signi cant associated infrastructure. BG&E was initially appointed by the government of Western Australia to assist with the concept design for the project and were then engaged as structural and civil engineering consultants by Brook eld Multiplex. BG&E commenced work with three dimensional (3D) modelling from an early stage of the project. e use of 3D modelling greatly enhanced information transfer across the various disciplines, the client team and to the range of subcontractors assigned to the project. As the bene ts of the 3D models became apparent, their usage spread across the groups involved in the project. Changes in clinical service delivery and technological developments are commonplace in major healthcare facilities. Structural framing designs and materials which can adapt and respond to these changes are required. Several initiatives were adopted for all buildings, including column grids that deliver medium- to long-span oors, to allow for exibility in any future re- planning and allowances in nominated oor loads and oor systems that are compatible with the installation of future services. Appropriate oor systems needed to be chosen that met the functional and technical requirements of the brief and provided the greatest level of exibility. Several buildings were designed and constructed in parallel and there was concern at the time, in the Construction of the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth is on track for completion next year.