Port Macquarie Hospital

Key People

Joseph Walsh

Mechanical Project Engineer, Principal

Nicholas Johnson

Sustainability Project Engineer, Principal

Keith Ryan

Mechanical Project Engineer, Australian Discipline Leader, Principal

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The Port Macquarie Base Hospital expansion project is a $110m extension of the existing facility, commissioned by NSW Health Infrastructure and constructed by Watpac Constructions in the growing regional city of Port Macquarie.  The project included a new perioperative department that incorporated nine operating rooms, a cardiovascular interventional theatre and a new central sterilising and support department.  Additionally the expansion included a new angio catheter laboratory, new intensive and critical care units, a new emergency department and new adult and paediatric inpatient units.

WGE were the electrical, information communications and technology and vertical transportation consultants for the project.  The design was fully documented in Revit, which enabled detailed clash detection and coordination between services.  This was particularly beneficial in designing services in areas that had limited ceiling void space.

Below is a summary of some of the project details:

  • Significant infrastructure works including the undergrounding of an existing 33kV overhead power line and provision of new substations, main switchboard, standby generator and uninterruptible power supplies.
  • A high level of digital integration was installed in all of the operating rooms.
  • A converged Wi-Fi based telephony, duress and messaging system implemented throughout the new and existing buildings.
  • Integrated IP-based telephony, CCTV and intercom systems have been rolled out in the new building and provide seamless integration with the existing systems on the site.
  • The provision of redundant optic fibre cable links to each communications room offers a high level of IT system resilience in the building.

WGE worked closely with the local health department to ensure that their operational requirements were met within the budgetary constraints.