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Project Manager : Project Manager Apr May 2014
24 Project Manager CASE STUDY KEY PLAYERS DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY Project client DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Project client BROOKFIELD MULTIPLEX Construction (Managing Contractor) TRACEY BRUNSTROM & HAMMOND Project planning PROJECT: Fiona Stanley Hospital PROJECT CLIENT: WA Government; Department of Treasury SCOPE: This $2 billion hospital construction is the largest building infrastructure project ever undertaken by the WA Government. COMPLETION: 2013 BACKGROUND BRIEFING Everyone will have some connection with a hospital; they might have had their life saved in one or seen a new life brought into the world. Today's modern hospital is also the site of major medical innovation and where groundbreaking treatments are administered. A public hospital should stand in place for many decades to come, delivering health care at the highest level. With all that in mind, the key players in the design and construction of the 783- bed Fiona Stanley Hospital were briefed to turn 32 hectares in Perth's southern suburbs into one of Australia's most technologically advanced hospitals. With the WA State Government and, therefore, the people of WA as the client, it was important that budgets were met and the project was delivered on time. The first clod of soil was turned in September 2009 and the keys to the Fiona Stanley Hospital have now been handed over to the WA Government. "Years of planning, design, procurement, construction and commissioning have come to fruition with the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital being constructed on time and within budget," says Elaine Brazil, senior planning consultant at Tracey Brunstrom & Hammond (TBH). "TBH is particularly happy that practical completion of the project was achieved more than two weeks ahead of the contract schedule." A cure for all ills The massive building project of the Fiona Stanley Hospital presented a unique challenge: how to prepare for the installation of new medical equipment during construction. The solution lay in careful planning. FIONA BAKER KEY CHALLENGES Constructing a hospital of this size and stature is a long-running project, which posed a difficult challenge: planning for the integration of equipment without knowing precisely what that equipment would be. "In an ideal scenario, we would have known what medical and IT infrastructure would be chosen from the outset," says Brazil. Another obvious challenge was ensuring the managing contractor completed works on time. "One of the main challenges was aligning the various principal subcontractor programs to the builders for the installation of principal supplied healthcare equipment prior to practical completion," says Brazil. TBH carried out regular reviews of the managing contractor's program, comparing planned activities to actual progress on site and reporting on any issues or risks. "If procurement was behind schedule, TBH worked with the suppliers to ensure that mitigation strategies were put in place. For example, we would look at different shipping methods to ensure timely delivery of equipment," Brazil says. "Because the contract program was well planned at the early stages, activities did not stray too far from the original plan."
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