Fiona Stanley Hospital project wins United Nations Environmental Award

Southern view of hospital
Artist's impression of Fiona Stanley Hospital
June 18, 2012

The $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital project has drawn international acclaim for its innovative approach to environmental management during construction.

Managing contractor of the project, Brookfield Multiplex, has won the Best Specific Environmental Initiative in this year's United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards for its construction of the new hospital.

The award acknowledges innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia in recognition of the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All.

Fiona Stanley Hospital is the biggest building infrastructure project ever undertaken by the Western Australia State Government. The 783-bed hospital will incorporate a state-of-the-art emergency centre, the State burns unit, a mental health unit, comprehensive cancer services and a 140-bed State Rehabilitation Service.

Construction of Fiona Stanley Hospital commenced in 2009 and Brookfield Multiplex set a goal to minimise the impact of site waste on the environment by establishing innovative waste management strategies in order to reduce landfill waste.

Brookfield Multiplex embarked on a lengthy education process to ensure approximately 10,000 workers over a four year period were kept informed of the waste minimisation strategies, which included the diversion of waste from landfill through the conversion of waste plasterboard into garden compost.

The team on the hospital site have surpassed the original 75 per cent recyclable target rate by achieving a successful monthly average recycled rate of 86 per cent.

With 18 months of construction, fit-out and commissioning works remaining, the hospital remains on schedule for completion at 23 December 2013.