Eco efficiency at new hospital

May 27, 2016: The new Bendigo Hospital will be among the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly hospitals in Australia, and its technology, design and green credentials are among the major contributing factors incorporated into the world-class facility.

Touring the new hospital’s rooftop, which features 770 solar panel was Exemplar Health chief executive, Michele Morrison who led Bendigo Health’s board chairman, Bob Cameron, chief executive John Mulder and energy engineer Karin Harding around the site.

The solar panels are among a host of environmental features encompassing the physical building, landscaping, water, waste and energy.

“The new hospital has been designed as a ‘hospital in a garden’, with extensive landscaping and gardens across the precinct to provide areas of recuperation and relaxation for patients, their families and our staff,” Mr Cameron said.

“It is designed to maximise natural light and views from patient rooms and staff working areas, promoting a healing and tranquil environment for all users,” he said.

Supporting Bendigo Health’s vision of healthy communities, stairs that link the hospital together have been developed as a feature, rather than a second thought.

“We want to encourage people to live an active and healthy lifestyle and simple exercise such as using the stairs instead of the lift is a perfect example,” Mr Mulder said.

“There will also be provision for storage for 95 bicycles and amenities available for those who do ride to work.

“Once complete, the beautiful open spaces and gardens for patients, visitors and our staff to walk around will help us continue our drive for a healthier and happier region,” he said.

From an energy perspective, the features are endless with extensive sub-metering of electricity, gas and water consumption so the efficiency of the building can be monitored, optimised and reported.

Visitors to the new facility will see an environmental display screen in the internal street that will be used to inform staff and the public how the building is performing in terms of energy and water efficiency, energy generation, waste segregation and provide environmental education and tips.

“Rainwater collected off the roof of the hospital will be collected in tanks and used for flushing of toilets, urinals, macerators, operation of cooling towers and irrigation of the grounds and gardens,” Ms Harding said.

“The solar panels, combined with the operation of the co-generation and tri-generation plants within the new hospital, will have a big reduction on our electricity demand and result in less carbon emissions.”

Other features include, high efficiency LED lighting that is set to timers and movement sensors, therefore reducing use where possible – patients will have full control of the lighting in their rooms.

An organic recycling unit has been installed in the new kitchen and this system will process food waste to produce a soil conditioning product. This product can then be used as fertiliser on the hospital’s gardens.

Construction update, May 2016

Providing a positive patient experience is very much part of the vision at the Bendigo Hospital Project. That’s why the internal fit-out and installation of equipment and technological infrastructure at the building site is such an important stage. This month, with much of the façade complete, workers are continuing to attend to the finishing touches, revealing many finer details of the design.

Aspects include facets of the interior design, created to look and feel more like a vibrant community hub rather than promote an institutional atmosphere, reminiscent of bygone eras. The internal colour scheme is one aspect of this vibrant design, and this month the cancer centre, emergency department and recovery area are all starting to showcase colourful finishes. It’s seen in the selection of Laminex, vinyl, tile, carpet and paint surfaces for instance, a colour combination sourced from observing the landscapes across 10 shires in the Loddon Mallee Region.
Here’s more of what’s happening at the Project:

  • Inside this striking building, 11 operating theatres are substantially completed, with fittings, fixtures and equipment appearing across this extensive and highly specialised department. Monitors are now being fitted, essential for healthcare professionals to supervise a patient’s stability, wellbeing and recovery. The fit-out includes specialised surgical lighting, medical gas and power points plus ceiling-mounted ‘pendants’. The medical imaging rooms are also in final fit-out stage, with MRI, CT scan and ultrasound machines being installed.
  • In the newly constructed kitchen, Lendlease has started testing the equipment and functioning systems, and its team is monitoring kitchen temperatures to ensure this new catering area maintains a strict food safety standard. All this activity is a precursor to Lendlease formally ‘handing’ the kitchen across to facility managers, Spotless, and its subsequent operational opening on Thursday July 5.
    The internal, light-filled ‘main street’ atrium is now free from much of its scaffolding, and with vital structural work completed in this area, the stunning centrepiece of this building design is truly emerging, showcasing its impressive timber-panelled ceiling.
  • On Monday May 9, Mercy Street is set to be reopened, providing newly designed parallel parking bays; improved, aggregate footpaths and upgraded concrete kerb, edging and channelling. The temporary detour via Arnold Street provided during the closure will no longer be in use, as traffic conditions revert to normal. Following this resumption of traffic, two stages of work, to increase carparks will commence. These works will result in the John Lindell rehabilitation unit (JLRU) carpark being closed from May 11 to mid-June. When these JLRU works are completed, upgrades to the Marjorie Phillips and hospice unit carparks will occur in July. These works will result in increased visitor parking to serve both facilities.
  • Out on the bustling campus, external works continue with Kane Constructions, on site for Bendigo Health. The bustle is around the Anne Caudle building, as workers prepare for the construction of a new entrance, which will feature disability access and toilets. Restoration work has also begun inside the heritage west wing and concert hall buildings, as these campus landmarks will be re-purposed for new office space.