The extension of the Lake Macquarie Private Hospital gained the attention of both Australian and international healthcare sectors, as the project was the first of its kind in 2011 to use modular technology to deliver a two level, 31-bed orthopedic and surgical ward extension quickly and cost-effectively to the hospital.
BG&E provided structural engineering services to the project, with the key component being the use of prefabricated steel modules used as ward rooms. Each module had to be developed with unique connections, to satisfy structural, construction, transport and handling criteria. The modules were prefabricated off site and delivered ready to be installed and connected to services – which allowed for rapid installation and minimal time on site.
With the Hunter region recording a rapidly growing an ageing population, the Lake Macquarie Private Hospital extension significantly boosts health services in the area and allows the facility to meet the demands of the community now and well into the future.