Consolidating its reputation for constructing state-of-the-art facilities or breathing new life into ageing ones, Pindan has continued to deliver, and win, contracts in the specialised health and aged care sector. Recently finished projects include the award-winning Carnarvon Health Campus, Exmouth and Esperance Health Campuses and Braemar Cooinda Aged Care facility in Willagee. Meanwhile, works are underway at the Koh I Nor Contemporary Care Facility in Wembley, Rosewood Aged Care in Leederville and Warren Health Service in Manjimup and in late November 2016, Pindan was awarded a $16m contract to redevelop the Merredin Health Service.
Mark Thompson, Director for Pindan Constructions, said when refurbishing an operational health campus or aged care facility, the team often applied a staged process.
“Open communication and forward-planning help us to ensure patients and staff are well looked after and allow us to minimise disruptions to the day-to-day running of such busy facilities,” he said.
Koh I Noor Contemporary Care Facility
Another Design & Construct contract awarded in early September 2016 sees Pindan building Koh I Noor Contemporary Care for client, Spine and Limb Foundation.
Comprising a $20m 81 bed aged care facility and offering specialist dementia care, it will be built over two storeys with basement car parking, internal laundry, kitchen, activity areas, courtyards and external landscaping.
James Allingame, Business Development Manager for Pindan, said the team was delighted to see construction of the facility begin after a successful ‘Early Contractor Involvement’ process.
The project will take about 18 months, with the first residents expected to move in by early to mid-2018.
Braemar Cooinda Aged Care Facility
Pindan has also completed a Design & Construct contract for a 108- bed aged care facility with office, kitchen, laundry and carpark for the Braemar Presbyterian Church.
Lead Design Manager, Lee Chalmers, said while on paper the aged care facility looked simple, it had hidden complexities.
“This is especially true in the services, in particular the features that directly affect the operational day-to-day activities of the facility such as nurse call, security and dementia care,” he said.
“The site team did an excellent job on this project and with aged care being a very strong sector at the moment, our proven expertise in construction of this building type is highly valued by our clients.”
Among the $26m works, the plumbing and mechanical services were centralised over two roof plant areas to serve the entire building and the facility required a new substation, fire pumps and tanks as well as a dedicated diesel backup generator.
Lee said Pindan was involved on this project from the very beginning, before a concept scheme was finalised.
“We assisted the client and the architect through numerous feasibility studies providing budget estimate costing support to lock in a scheme that maximised the potential of the site for the client,” he explained.
Pindan is focusing on using local resources where possible as a means to support the community and overcome these challenges.
Esperance Health Campus Redevelopment Stage 1
A $24m refurbishment of Esperance Hospital was completed in October 2016. The project included the refurbishment and expansion of the emergency department, maternity ward, surgical services and pathology department as well as an upgrade to associated plant infrastructure within the works were divided into nine separable portions.
Contract Administrator for Pindan, Philip Knight, said practical solutions such as temporarily relocating rooms allowed multiple separable portions to run concurrently.
“Potential logistical problems due to the site’s remote location were overcome by maintaining regular correspondence with the site supervisor throughout the project,” he said.
“These weekly discussions meant that material requirements could be accurately forecast and potential delays were eradicated.”
As the works were completed in a live hospital environment, close client liaison was vital to the project’s success, he added.
Warren Health Service
Meanwhile, residents of Manjimup will have access to refreshed health care facilities by August 2018 after works on the Warren Health Service also began in mid-September 2016.
Pathology, medical imaging, learning and development, ambulatory care, emergency department, birthing suites, surgical services, support services and a morgue are among the services to be built as part of the $27m facility.
Pindan Project Manager, Logan Joyce, said the remote nature of the town, which is about 295km south of Perth, has posed certain logistical and resource challenges.
“Pindan is focusing on using local resources where possible as a means to support the community and overcome these challenges,” he said.
“The project also has a Building Information Management model that is being developed for future facility maintenance.
“The model-based approach to construction also improves collaboration between the project team members by acting as a simulation tool to help visualise the project scope and highlight issues that may occur further down the construction process.”