The refurbishment of the Healy Wing on Level 2 of the St Vincent’s Hospital converted 1500m2 of redundant floor area into consulting suites and offices for the Melbourne hospital.
Before the project was awarded, IBC collaborated with the design team to identify cost saving opportunities, a process that lasted approximately 2 weeks, and once several of the Value Management options proposed were accepted, IBC were awarded the contract.
The Healy Wing is over one hundred years old and the Level 2 works were to be completed between two levels with consulting suites which remained operational throughout construction. The logistics and minimal acoustics between floors due to the age of the building proved to be a challenging aspect of the works, and due to the nature of operations on these floors, majority of noisy construction works were completed after hours.
Another logistical issue faced related to the delivery of materials to the work area, which was bypassed through a combination of using the building elevators after hours and the use of craning of materials directly from the street and carpark.
This refurbishment was not a traditional medical fit-out and also included structural upgrades to the building; incorporating a curtain wall system on the internal face of an external balcony for extra administration space, and repairs to the masonry facade. Despite the many challenges and complexities, the project was completed on time and handed over for St Vincent’s to commence operations as scheduled.