Many local families will have a strong connection to the new Epworth Hospital in Geelong, because numerous local companies have been involved in its construction.
Industry Capability Network (ICN) Victoria has worked very closely with the Design and Build contractor, Brookfield Multiplex, to help maximise local involvement in the project.
ICN collaborated with Brookfield from the early stages of the project, hosting three ‘meet the builder’ sessions at which Brookfield presented information to local trades and other suppliers. As well, ICN Barwon Regional Manager, Peter McCracken, has developed work package requirements in conjunction with Brookfield and provided contacts and information about companies with the capability to support construction.
Contacts within Geelong engineering companies and local industry associations were also utilised to coordinate local business involvement.
ICN and the construction manager hold regular review sessions to develop maximum local content, a process supported by Epworth and Brookfield Multiplex. The respective staff have regular information sharing sessions largely via the ICN Gateway. Through Peter McCracken’s work, any gaps in the local market were identified and strategies implemented to mitigate those areas.
Brookfield is a strong supporter and user of the ICN Gateway, the online business matching system used by ICN. To date, more than 300 companies have put forward their expressions of interest to 86 work packages listed on ICN Gateway.
Brookfield Multiplex Constructions’ Director of Health Projects, Arch Fotheringham, said: “Working with the ICN and its processes such as ICN Gateway has allowed us to better understand what companies are available and their capability. It has certainly helped us develop a working relationship with many good companies that we may not have otherwise considered.
“It’s great to think that many local people have been involved in what is going to be an excellent facility for the Geelong and district community.”
Epworth HealthCare and Deakin University have partnered to deliver the innovative development. Epworth will own and operate the comprehensive acute and rehabilitation hospital immediately north of Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. It will also be in close proximity to the University’s Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences and Deakin's planned Regional Community Health Hub.
The first stage of the teaching hospital includes 262 overnight inpatient beds, nine operating theatres, two catheter laboratories, two procedure rooms, emergency department and an intensive care unit. This stage will provide services for maternity, cardiology, urology, orthopaedics and general surgery, general medicine, respiratory medicine, chemotherapy and renal dialysis.
Stage One will also provide inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, including a hydrotherapy pool as well as accommodate pathology, diagnostic imaging, back of house hospital functions and car parking facilities.
Construction commenced in April 2014 with Stage One to be operational in July 2016.