Truly sustainable healthcare is more than just green

Wednesday, 15 June, 2016


Download %281%29

Green is a given on Brookfield Multiplex projects. But we look beyond green credentials to ensure our projects are truly sustainable and drive long-term financial and social gains alongside environmental outcomes.

Brookfield Multiplex has long understood the benefits of environmentally sustainable healthcare design and has led the way in translating green design features into practical building outcomes.
On the Fiona Stanley Hospital project in WA, for example, we instigated a program to recycle 97% of site waste into usable products like compost for people’s gardens. As our biggest ever project, and with some 10,000 workers engaged on site over four years, that was no small task. The United Nations agreed and gave us their BHP Billiton Environmental Initiative award in recognition of our innovative waste management strategy.
Yet as contractors we become inherently significant to communities for the duration of our projects – and we challenge ourselves to leave a lasting legacy beyond the buildings we deliver. We do this by taking a tailored approach to sustainability.
At the earliest part of a project we bring together all of the people that help to make a building a success – from the client and community to our project team, subcontractors, consultants and end user groups.
Together we focus on the desired end result; what each group wants the building to achieve from a financial, social or environmental perspective. We then work out how we can achieve those desired outcomes both during and after the build. For example, if there’s a community desire to improve local employment opportunities for young people we might design a trainee program that offers hands-on learning on the project site. Or if another objective is to support staff retention then we might create opportunities for staff communication with purpose-built collaboration spaces and improved technology.
At our recently completed South East Regional Hospital in Bega we brought together and partnered with the Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council, Hunter Valley Training Company and Illawarra TAFE to design a training program that supported individual careers and had a positive impact on local employment.
Green is a given on Brookfield Multiplex projects. But we look beyond green credentials to ensure our projects are truly sustainable and drive long-term financial and social gains alongside environmental outcomes.
Together we provided a 12 month construction based traineeship program for 20 local indigenous people, offering a diverse range of employable skills and hands-on experience working on the region’s largest infrastructure project.
Additional support was provided with an onsite mentor appointed to assist trainees through the process of adapting to employment after long periods of unemployment and in overcoming issues such as low literacy.

Brookfield Multiplex is an expert in delivering leading hospital and healthcare facilities in Australia and internationally. Recent Australian projects include the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth; a $385 million clinical research and education hub for the University of Sydney; major regional hospitals in Bega and Byron Bay; and the $139 million University of Canberra Public Hospital, currently under construction.

Talk to Brookfield Multiplex about how we can help to achieve your social aspirations and create a truly sustainable project that will deliver enduring benefits for many years to come.

For more information visit www.brookfieldmultiplex.com

Related Products

Textiles play a key role in healthcare design

A well-designed therapeutic environment contributes greatly to how patients and families perceive...

Slim Jim™ Step-On- the next innovation in waste management systems

Storage and disposal of refuse is a necessary process in the hospital and healthcare workplace....


  • All content Copyright © 2017 Westwick-Farrow Pty Ltd