The Healy Wing (Building C) at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is over one hundred years old. The project converted 1500m2 of redundant floor area on Level 2 into consulting suites and offices where the St Vincent’s Heart Centre now operates out of.
Through a collaborative process with the design team that lasted approximately 2 weeks, several cost saving opportunities were identified and accepted by the client prior to the contract award.
Along with the fit out of consulting suites and offices, structural upgrades were also carried out to the building, including a curtain wall system on the internal face of an external balcony for extra administration space, and repairs to the masonry façade.
The works were completed between two levels with consulting suites that remained operational throughout the refurbishment. Due to the nature of operations on the above and below floors, the logistics and minimal acoustics between floors due to the age of the building proved to be a challenging aspect of the works. Therefore, most noisy construction works were completed after hours and the majority of material deliveries were also completed after hours through a combination of using the building elevators and craning of materials directly from the street and carpark.
Despite the many challenges and complexities, the project was completed on time and handed over for the hospital to commence operations as scheduled.