4 July 2012 – Case study: On its completion in 2014, the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital will be a state-of-the-art health facility offering comprehensive health care services that also has high conservation standards

When only site work was under way back in 2008, the project was already helping the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos.

The assistance came as part of the $2.3 million provided by the project to off-site conservation with the Department of Environment and Conservation’s community-based conservation programs given $75,000 to provide rehabilitation and care facilities for the cockatoos.

Other off-site conservation programs supported by the  hospital project included the rehabilitation of Beeliar Regional Park, the purchase and protection of native bushland and investment into environmental community grants.

On the site itself, the hospital project has initiated and maintained fauna relocation, flora and seed collection, top soil removal and reuse, and preservation of natural bushland.

More recently the project has been lauded for its innovative approach to environmental management during construction.

Managing contractor Brookfield Multiplex this year won the Best Specific Environmental Initiative in the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards.

Brookfield Multiplex embarked on a lengthy education process to ensure about 10,000 workers over a four-year period were kept informed of the waste minimisation strategies, which included the diversion of waste from landfill through the conversion of waste plasterboard into garden compost.

The team on the hospital site have surpassed the original 75 per cent recyclable target rate by achieving a successful monthly average recycled rate of 86 per cent.

The project, at Murdoch in Perth’s southern suburbs, has a budget of $1.76 billion and includes 643 beds along with another 140 beds for State rehabilitation services funded by the Federal Government to the tune of $255 million.

Other initiatives in the design and construction of the hospital include: evidence-based design; compliance with the BESTEC design ESD rating system; culture and public art programme; whole of life design; way finding; reuse of the site timber and plant salvage.

The central plant is a separate building from the main hospital building, accommodating all critical energy and engineering utility services to the Fiona Stanley Hospital site. In addition it includes the engineering offices and associated engineering workshops.

The hospital is next to the St John of God Hospital, a major private hospital, allowing potential sharing of health facilities and services. It will also become the major tertiary health facility in the south metropolitan area offering services to communities in Perth’s southern suburbs.

The 783-bed hospital will offer comprehensive health care services including: a full range of acute medical and surgical services; the state burns service; a 140-bed rehabilitation service; state-of-the-art emergency care; a comprehensive cancer centre; renal dialysis and transplantation services; a mental health unit; obstetrics and neonatology services; child and adolescent services; facilities for pathology, bio?medical engineering and cell tissue manufacturing; a medical imaging centre; and a world-class medical research facility to be built in conjunction with WA universities and the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research.

The hospital is named after WA doctor and Australian of the Year, Professor Fiona Stanley.