$1 billion AUD Public Private Partnership project gets green light
HKS, Inc. was selected as part of a consortium named to design the Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia. The new RCH is being delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the State Government's Partnerships Victoria model. The team includes funds and asset manager Babcock & Brown; builder Bovis Lend Lease; facilities manager Spotless Group; and three architectural firms – Billard Leece, Bates Smart, and HKS.
The 1.3 million-square-foot children’s hospital will be built on a greenfield park land site. It will serve the community with 272 inpatient beds, 81 outpatient beds, and 30 emergency cubicles. A 15-room surgery suite is also part of the project.
“The hospital is designed to be a world-class facility, offering the latest in quality care in a healing environment that is responsive to the needs of children, their families, and staff,” said Ronald W. Dennis, AIA, ACHA, principal and director of HKS’s Children’s Health Facility Design. “Interactive playgrounds, a two-story coral reef aquarium, a Scienceworks wonders of science display, a bean bag theater showing the latest movies, and a star-gazing Starlight Room are a few of the unique positive distractions for kids.”
The children’s hospital design is based on family-centered care. More than 85 percent of the rooms will be single-bed rooms, providing privacy for patients and their families. “Rooms will be designed to feel more like home with state-of-the-art entertainment systems, access to lighting controls, and a place to put personal belongings,” said Dennis. “Storage areas and stay-over areas are also designed for family members.”
Retreat, gathering areas, and outdoor balconies are on each floor. In addition, the new hospital will house a supermarket and a gymnasium. A new Family Resource Center is located nearby to support the families with private cubicles, laundry areas, a lounge and kitchen, personal care suites, and an outside courtyard.
The new hospital, designed to be Australia's first five-star Green Star hospital, will be friendly to the environment – reducing water and energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
The project, which broke ground in December 2007, will open in 2011.
The Royal Children’s Hospital is a specialist pediatric hospital and provides a full range of clinical services, tertiary care, and health promotion and prevention programs for children and adolescents. The hospital is the major specialist pediatric hospital in Victoria and also cares for children from Tasmania and southern New South Wales as well as other states around Australia and overseas.