There are a lot of challenges that can be found in hospitals and aged care, from non-ambulant or medicated and/or disoriented patients to the elderly and those undergoing surgery. It is for this reason that the requirements within the BCA rely heavily on early warning and compartmentation of the building to allow for progressive horizontal evacuation however without a workable evacuation strategy the installed fire safety systems do not always work in sync with the hospital management procedures. Affinity has completed numerous fire safety strategies for a lot of ages and healthcare facilities across Australia and has a solid experience in engineering fire solutions that fully comply with BCA and hospital management procedures.
CALVARY BRUCE HOSPITAL ACT
Affinity Fire Engineering was tasked with developing a Performance Solution for the construction of a private hospital on the Calvary Health Care grounds. The construction started in 2015 and was finished in 2017. The new hospital development consists of a 6-story building and associated parking area, with a pedestrian bridge linking it to the existing Calvary Public Hospital and Emergency Department. The hospital will have the capacity to expand to 156 beds in the future, in line with population growth projections for the northern Canberra region.
Architect: Health Projects International
Builder: AW Edwards
Project Value: $77m
GOULBURN BASE HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT
The Goulburn Base Hospital is undergoing a major redevelopment that includes the construction of a new four-story Clinical Services Building, emergency department, medical imaging department, intensive care unit, operating theatres, inpatient wards, and maternity and birthing suite. Affinity was engaged to develop a Performance Solution for the hospital, ensuring that BCA objectives of life safety are met and evacuation strategies are developed.
Developer: Blackett Maguire + Goldsmith
Architect: Billard Leece
Builder: Hansen Yuncken
Project Value: $96m
JEWISH CARE VICTORIA WINDSOR REDEVELOPMENT VIC
This development provides a comfortable and convenient living space for the residents of the Jewish Care Senior Living and Community Precinct. Based on the use of the building and the rise in storeys, the building was required to conform to Type A fire-resisting construction as per the DtS provisions of the BCA. The development has been finished in 2020.