Custom Solutions for Royal Children's Hospital By USG Boral

News Date: 11 Jul 2017

Category: Buildings

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, Victoria, has seen a mix of new and existing USG Boral Plasterboard products and associated systems integrated throughout the 165,000 square metre, seven level structure.

Custom Solutions for Royal Children's Hospital

The engineering team at USG Boral Plasterboard worked closely with Lend Lease Project Management Construction and the consultant team during the design and construction phase. This ensured the most economical solutions were adopted to meet project specifications.

Glenn Ford, USG Boral Plasterboard's state sales manager, believes the paediatric facility is an example of meeting performance and design outcomes as a result of close working relationships, particularly on site.

"On a job of this scale, where at its peak the project workforce exceeded 2100 people, it's crucial to maintain a physical presence and dialogue with the client to monitor the quality of work undertaken.

"We facilitated weekly walkthroughs with project managers and contractors to assess quality of wall and ceiling installations, compliance to specifications and to provide advice on any technical aspects or concerns," said Ford.

During construction, USG Boral's engineering team used its expertise in fire, structural and acoustic outcomes to enable plasterboard systems to be readily modified to suit site conditions.

Structural testing for plasterboard ceilings which needed to accommodate heavy fixtures was carried out, helping the purpose-built facility to house a variety of medical equipment. Technical support for the plasterboard contractors made installation of USG Boral plasterboard systems simple, providing flexible and practical design solutions as required.

USG Boral Plasterboard's building solutions address a variety of interior applications commonly encountered within hospitals and other healthcare facilities, from fire rated and acoustic systems, to impact and radiation protection linings. USG Boral's FIBEROCK® Aqua Tough™ wall lining, an impact resistant product for high traffic areas, was used extensively at RCH.

Offering the impact toughness of masonry, combined with the design and installation convenience of plasterboard, it also helps to minimise the growth of mould.

However, despite the large portfolio of plasterboard solutions, the RCH project also threw up a challenge requiring USG Boral to develop a new product to help the architect achieve acoustic and design objectives.

"The architect specified a product that was not locally available," explains Ford. "We were quickly able to develop and produce a new 13.5mm round hole perforated plasterboard - with the help of our engineering team."

Lend Lease Senior Construction Manager, Bill Alexandrakis, commented, "USG Boral is a preferred supplier and a national alliance partner with a long-standing and successful relationship with Lend Lease. The success at the new RCH is evidence of this."

"USG Boral was involved very early in the procurement, selection and specification process and provided a number of design initiatives that reduced costs and improved on site production. Their management and technical team were very pro-active in ensuring the quality of workmanship was to their and our standards. As an alliance partner, they demonstrated a strong commitment to ESD and our Green Star accreditation. 

"USG Boral participated in design reviews and assisted the project consultant team to specify wall systems that met the brief and the acoustic criteria of the project. We were very happy with their service throughout the four-year project, and the technical advantages and innovative design systems they offered helped us achieve our goals and project milestones."

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