CLIENT NAME: Monash University
School of Nursing Midwifery
35 Rainforest Walk, Clayton
To accommodate growing teaching needs, Monash University planned to re-purpose old labs and office spaces into state-of-the-art simulation wards for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. These new clinical learning environments were designed to meet current hospital specifications to offer students a high-grade learning and teaching experience. Safety was of prime concern given the live environment. As such, the scope of works included the safe demolition and creation of a secure and habitable working space to ensure the utmost safety for workers and occupants of the adjoining spaces.
Kapitol Group was awarded the contract to build the new wards at Monash University – School of Nursing and Midwifery, 35 Rainforest Walk in late October 2018. Kapitol Group met programme with the works completed in 10 weeks despite unexpected latent conditions. The team worked relentlessly outside the normal 9am-5pm teaching hours to ensure there were no disruptions to the live environment with adjoining spaces remaining operational.
The result – Kapitol Group delivered two new labs replicating 10 hospital beds, a prep room, two store rooms, a breakout area for students and new offices which formed the Clinical Learning Spaces. Throughout the works, the team accommodated ongoing design changes and updated the client requirements including existing in-floor hydronic heating. All services were upgraded throughout, connecting into existing services on the floor below as well as new roof-mounted equipment including a complete air-conditioning unit. The team also implemented stringent acoustic requirements.
Using innovative building techniques and ideas, Kapitol Group looked beyond the immediate scope of works for the client to source value adds and programme gains. As a result, works were completed in 10 weeks despite unexpected latent conditions and the client was able to move into the site early. Furthermore, our open and collaborative approach ensured occupants in the adjoining spaces were able to continue their operations safely.
The high degree of professionalism and initiative demonstrated by the Kapitol Group team made for a very enjoyable collaboration. They really went above and beyond in satisfying our client’s expectations and were able to deliver an excellent built result despite the challenging site conditions and condensed project programme.Andrew Simpson