Rotorua Hospital, Resus Unit

Client: Lakes District Health Board
Timeframe: Completed 2015
Total value: $300k

Components: Refurbishment/ modernisation of Rotorua Hospital's resuscitation unit

Project description:

New life has been breathed into the resuscitation unit at Rotorua hospital with a major, modernising refurbishment, which included a seismically designed solid ceiling, installation of high end, life saving medical equipment and better access to ancillary services. Xigo’s newest office, based in Tauranga, provided Engineer to the Contract and project management services to client Lakes District Health Board for the project, and the new kids on the block showed their project management acumen by delivering on time and under budget. Delivering under budget involved value analysis and careful monitoring of costs throughout every stage of the project.

Our role

“Xigo was engaged during the procurement phase of the project to appoint a contractor with input from Lakes DHB. The project tenders came in over budget and we successfully value engineered the  project’s budget forecast back to its original level. The project was completed within the tight timeframe and, furthermore, was delivered below the value engineered cost,” says Jason Addison, manager of Xigo’s Tauranga office and project manager on the resus unit refurbishment.

The project was clinically complex and involved the total modernisation and full reconfiguration of the resus unit. It required the installation of structural elements to accept the fitting of new medical service pendants and a new seismically designed ceiling, plus medical gas shutdowns – not something you can afford to get wrong. The design also needed to incorporate access to the nearby radiology unit and an internal workstation to allow supervision of the resus bed spaces.

Main challenges

As the refurbishment was happening within an operating emergency department and radiology unit, Xigo developed and implemented strict planning and execution procedures, to ensure services were not disrupted. Xigo was also responsible for coordinating the supply and installation of the ceiling-hung medical service pendants with the suppliers, Medical Design Innovations, based in Australia. The medical service pendants were one of the last items to be installed as, at this stage in the project, the environment had to be clinically clean to accept this equipment.

Completing on time was fundamental to project success, as the unit needed to be operational before the busy Christmas period. The project commenced nine weeks before Christmas 2015 and the resus unit was operational two days before Christmas, as originally planned.