Brief – 9 June, 2010 – The Queensland Government has appointed Umow Lai to master plan the new $1.97 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Umow Lai’s team will provide technical and documentation advice as well as a full range of engineering services, including mechanical, electrical, fire, communications, hydraulics, lifts, civil and structural services for the hospital, set to open in 2016,

Director of Umow Lai Elizabeth Coe said that the company is looking forward to creating more sustainable hospitals in Queensland.

“We are looking forward to assisting in delivering a sustainable hospital to complement the state’s recent investment in other hospitals in South East Queensland.”

Recent health care projects by the firm include the proposed new $1.7B Royal Adelaide Hospital; providing sustainability advice for the $350 million redevelopment of the Epworth Health Care’s Richmond Hospital, Melbourne; part of the $1.76 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital at Murdoch, Western Australia; and Healthscope’s Knox Private Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital.

Recently completed projects include Cabrini Hospital Brighton, the Royal Women’s Hospital and Southern Health’s Operating Theatre upgrade.

The hospital will open with 450 beds in 2016, increasing to 738 beds by 2021. A private hospital is expected to open in late 2013 offering public beds while the SCUH is constructed. When completed, the two facilities will have around 1000 beds.