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AE Smith SEQ Construction made an enormous contribution of mindpower, manpower and materials to the Gold Coast University Hospital. Their team undertook one of the biggest tasks of the $1.76 billion 750 bed Bovis project, supplying and installing the central energy plant and chilled water ring main works

6 Sep 2011

Engineering and drafting began in February 2010 and site installation works commenced in June 2010, with work undertaken in three stages. First, the Engineering Tunnel, then the ring main through the basement of the main Clinical Services Building, and finally, the significant works within the Central Energy Plant which included the major equipment items, chillers, pumps and pipework headers.

AE Smith supplied and installed five energy-efficient 6 MWr dual compressor Trane chillers weighing 38 tonne each (currently the largest in Australia). AE Smith also installed 1.5 km of 650mm diameter steel pipe, 1 km of 400 & 350mm diameter steel pipe, 16 large split case pumps, 8 large cooling towers of 5200kw Heat Rejection each and the 1100mm diameter return water header. The pipe was assembled using roll grooved system, the largest roll grooved system ever undertaken by AE Smith’s off site manufacturing facilities.

“The materials handling aspect of the project required significant thought, the moving and lifting of the 650mm pipe weighing 1.5 tonne per length required the design of trolleys and lifting frames that were designed and manufactured specifically for this project,” said AE Smith SEQ Construction Project Manager, Peter Cahill.

A team of 26 AE Smith plumbers were on site during the peak of installation works, as well as additional specialist subcontractors undertaking the electrical installation, pipework insulation and sheathing and the Cooling Tower and access platform erection.

An offsite team of project manager, engineering design manager, project engineers, draftsmen, OH&S Manager and a Commissioning Manager also dedicated their talents to the task.

“A very high regard to safety and ensuring the well being of our employees and specialist sub-contractors is a commitment that 
AE Smith and Bovis Lend Lease share. As a result of this shared commitment and the overall size and complexity of this project, extensive involvement in the management of OH & S has been required on site and the AE Smith site management team has been structured accordingly, which has directly resulted in exceptional safety standards and results from the AE Smith installation team,” said AE Smith SEQ General Manager, Steve Jackson.

AE Smith SEQ provides their expertise and experience to clients across Queensland, from the Gold Coast to the Far North and into the interior, with staff based at operational centres in Brisbane, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. SEQ Construction employees some 140 direct staff and has operational responsibility for the company’s duct manufacturing operation at Eagle Farm.

Recently, the company also completed 400 George St, a 34 storey commercial office building with a predicted 5 Star NABERS rating plus a further 20 percent emissions reduction. 400 George St has achieved both 5 Star Green Star Office Design V2 rating and a 5 Star Green Star Office As Built V2 rating. AE Smith’s design and supply of Mechanical Services for the project shows full dedication to practical sustainability, with the air conditioning system designed to respond to the environmental performance of the buildings facade in order to maximise thermal comfort, reduce energy costs and provide a high indoor air quality.

“400 George St showcases that by utilising commercially available equipment and with careful planning, well documented commissioning and a dedicated team from design through to installation; commissioning and fine tuning that high energy efficiency can be achieved,” said Steve Jackson.