16 May 2012 – At Numurkah, 224 kilometres north of Melbourne, the local hospital is currently in temporary tent accommodation – everything from operating theatre to emergency room – after floods last year left the building rife with mould.
The job of helping to restore the original hospital operations and of ensuring the reclaimed building will meet exacting medical standards is just one in a heavy schedule of projects that is leading NSW based technical consultannt CETEC Ptd Ltd to consider adding to its team of 20.
NSW manager Adam Garnys said the other projects under way for the company included three productivity studies on offices in pre and post occupancy, work on a large medical research facility in Adelaide which is seeking a US based LEED green building certification, investigation of potential contamination on sites and dealing with dangerous goods.
At the Numurkah Hospital, Mr Garnys said: “The work we are doing is based around making sure the building will be of a suitable hygiene standard; it’s a health and safety issues for patients and for workers.
“We’re also working out how far the mould and bacteria has tracked and what’s worth salvaging and what’s not.
“Hospitals are more sensitive. If there is a recurrence of mould it could cause problems to individuals.”