A & M Passive Fire Systems

A & M Passive Fire Systems delivered structural steel fire protection systems for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Stage 3 Redevelopment Project.

The scope of works included the application of PROMAT CAFCO 300 Vermiculite to concealed and internally exposed structural beams and pre-cast connections, Fendolite cementitious and INTERNATIONAL (AksoNobel) intumescent paint systems on externally exposed structural steel beams and columns, and the installation of PROMAT fireboard to structural columns.

“One of the major challenges faced by the team was the coordination with numerous contractors on site,” said Business Development Manager, Andrew Nelson. “With structural steel present throughout the building, interfacing with contractors required clear communication and coordination of project deliverables with the appropriate stakeholders.

The team at A & M Passive Fire Systems demonstrated their expertise in the project, by working closely with the builder creating a
zoned-based approach to delivery, enabling safer and faster application. The project’s success was facilitated by the builder’s readiness to collaborate to achieve delivery.

Andrew and business partner, Milo Terzic, showcased their synergy between corporate and fire protection experience, ensuring that systems were compliant and aligned with delivery requirements. Project walkthroughs with manufacturers were carried out to ensure adherence to tested systems and fire resistance levels FRLs. Commitment to quality and safety was evident throughout the project.

A & M Passive Fire Systems’ specialises in providing Passive Fire Protection systems which include the application of Vermiculite, Fendolite (cementitious), fireproof boards, and fire-stopping penetrations. A team of experienced and certified professionals dedicated to delivering quality and compliant fire systems.

For more information contact A & M Passive Fire Systems, phone (Andrew) 0412 799 335, website www.ampassivefiresystems.com.au

Square Ceilings

In the transformative redevelopment of the TQEH (The Queen Elizabeth Hospital), Square Ceilings’ wall and ceiling played a pivotal role in elevating the structural and aesthetic aspects of the project. Their comprehensive involvement encompassed the supply and installation of various critical elements, contributing to the seamless integration of both old and new structures.

Central to Square Ceilings’ contribution was the provision and installation of essential materials, including Plasterboard, Trurock, Fireshield, and ceiling tiles. These materials were strategically applied to create ceilings and partitions throughout the hospital, addressing a diverse range of requirements such as firewalls, smoke walls, acoustic walls, shaft walls, and T-bar ceilings. The team’s meticulous approach ensured the adherence to stringent safety and functionality standards crucial in a healthcare environment.

A notable aspect of Square Ceilings’ work involved the installation of lead-lining in sensitive areas like the CT, X-Ray, and MRI rooms. This specialised application was undertaken with precision and attention to detail, reflecting their commitment to creating spaces that meet the highest standards of safety and functionality in medical imaging.
One of the standout challenges encountered during the project was the construction of feature ceilings. Given the demanding schedule of the redevelopment, Square Ceilings faced the unique task of building the frame based on shop drawings, as the feature ceiling panels had not been manufactured at that stage. Despite this challenge, the team demonstrated resilience and expertise, successfully executing the construction of intricate feature ceilings within the tight timeframe.

Square Ceilings’ commitment to quality craftsmanship and their ability to adapt to evolving project requirements were instrumental in overcoming the complexities inherent in hospital construction.

Through their diverse capabilities, Square Ceilings contributed significantly to the success of the TQEH redevelopment, ensuring that the hospital now stands as a testament to both functionality and aesthetic excellence.

For more information contact Square Ceilings, 33 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 0451 779 828, email admin@squareceilings.com, website www.squareceilings.com

Adelaide Passive Fire Solutions

Adelaide Passive Fire Solutions were contracted to inspect and certify the sealing of all fire penetrations at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and document them on a register.

Specialists in the Passive Fire Protection of structural assets, Adelaide Passive Fire Solutions are committed to offering practical, compliant solutions that meet all relevant standards including the BCA.

“Being a health facility with a multitude of systems in a multitude of locations, it is imperative that each and every one of those systems are sealed and compliant,” said Kyle Smith, Director of Adelaide Passive Fire Solutions.

“As with any project of this size on a tight time frame, we needed to coordinate with the builder and subcontractors to access areas once they’d been completed,” said Kyle. “This meant multiple returns after services have been rewired or penetrated by another service needing to complete their work in the same location.”

Passive fire protection is a barrier or shield, stopping the spread of fire from one area to another. Unlike active fire protection products such as sprinkler systems, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire hoses which become active in the event of fire, passive fire products remain non-active.

“The end-user needs to be confident that all penetrations have been sealed and have been done compliantly,” said Kyle. “They need to be able to refer to the register if unsealed penetrations are found when future contractors are brought in.”

Adelaide Passive Fire Solutions offers a vast range of services in Passive Fire Protection including inspection, installation, repair, and compliance in all fire protection systems. Including the supply and install of Fire doors, Barriers, penetrations, and building work rectification involving these areas. The company has experience in all types of working environments including aged care, hospitals, offices, education, retail, hospitality, residential, and manufacturing in Adelaide and regional South Australia.

For more information contact Adelaide Passive Fire Solutions, Unit 10a 41-47 O’Sullivan Beach Road, Lonsdale SA 5160, phone 0437 372 319, email kyle@apfsol.com.au, website www.apfsolutions.com.au

Paint Machine

In a world where modern architecture often gleams with glass façades and metallic finishes, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital stands as a striking departure from the norm, instead embracing a more enduring and distinctive aesthetic.

The brief to paint the entire exterior of the hospital presented a unique challenge and an opportunity for Paint Machine, a South Australian commercial painting contractor, to showcase their expertise and elevate the standard for quality and longevity in architectural coatings.

The project brief was to use mineral silicate paint that bonds chemically with concrete and stone. Where traditional acrylic paint seals and traps moisture, mineral silicate paint allows substrates to breathe, making it ideal for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The paint is also highly resistant to UV damage, ensuring that the building will maintain its colour for years to come.

“We used three separate brands of mineral silicate paint to ensure warranty coverage on the various surfaces,” said Managing Director, Steve De Luca. “Specialised equipment such as EWPs and Dog Box lifts were employed to navigate challenging areas, ensuring coverage and precision.”
“Unique challenges posed by a hospital environment and a tight program required exceptional planning and execution,” said Steve. “The whole team pulled off a remarkable project, delivering results that exceeded expectations.”

Paint Machine specialises in a range of services, including venetian plastering, lime-wash paints, and protective coatings for steel. Their expertise in these areas, along with their dedication to quality and customer satisfaction, has earned them a reputation for excellence in the industry.

As a family business, Paint Machine takes pride in its close-knit team, consisting of Chris, Anthony, Daniel, George, Sahil and Steve. Despite scaling back from 15 to 7 team members, they continue to take on challenging projects across South Australia, including government jobs, High Schools, custom homes, and institutions like Adelaide University.

For more information contact Paint Machine, phone 0412 112 663, email office@paintmachine.com.au

Schnieder Electric Australia

Schneider Electric played a key role in realising SA Health’s ambitious vision for the cutting-edge redevelopment of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital by installing their IoT-enabled EcoStruxure for Healthcare platform.

The EcoStruxure for Healthcare platform is an innovative facility management tool that combines the Building Management System (BMS) and the Energy Monitoring System (EMS) into one digital platform. It seamlessly connects to existing campus infrastructures and integrates various facility systems such as HVAC, metering, electrical, hydraulics, lighting control, fire safety, and medical gas systems.

This comprehensive integration enhances building performance and resilience, significantly improves operational efficiency, and promotes smart energy management. As a result, the platform optimises resource use, reduces costs, and contributes to a safer, more reliable, and environmentally friendly healthcare environment.

Schneider Electric also supplied a range of essential products through the electrical contractor, which adhered to the company’s rigorous Green Premium product label standards. This ensured compliance with the strictest environmental regulations and underscored the company’s commitment to transparency in environmental disclosures and end-of-life instructions. By providing these environmentally conscious products Schneider Electric played a vital role in supporting SA Health’s sustainability objectives for the project.

With a proven track record in delivering large-scale, fully integrated solutions—including the Australian Bragg Centre, Lyell McEwin Hospital Expansion, and Festival Tower 1, which were executed concurrently with the clinical services project—the team showcased their expertise in project delivery. Their specialist approach was bolstered by the use of their innovative digital delivery platform, IMPACT. This secure platform provided live updates on installation and commissioning status, facilitated issues tracking, and offered convenient consolidation of current drawings, points lists, and datasheets for all trades.

As a result, Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure solutions, coupled with their expert team and digital platforms, significantly contributed to the successful completion of this transformative healthcare project. Their commitment to innovation, sustainability, and project delivery excellence was pivotal in delivering a state-of-the-art, all-electric facility.

For more information contact Schnieder Electric Australia, phone 13 73 28, website www.se.com/au/en/