eHealth Queensland is located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and assists with the delivery of community health services, including supporting the information technology needs of the Department of Health and the state’s Hospital and Health Services.
The project was a 1000m2 office fit-out that would ultimately modernise and brighten the floor’s existing facilities. The client also needed to update their PWD amenities in order to comply with the government’s legislation on accommodating people with physical disabilities.
One of the key challenges of the eHealth refurbishment was to ensure the building remained fully operational to existing tenancies still working on-site above and below. Consistent communication and key coordination was required with all stakeholders. The refurbishment works included the demolition of existing ceilings, fixtures, flooring and tenancy partitions.
The fit-out was to enhance user comfort, ergonomics and flexible work practices, so fully adjustable monitor arms and ‘sit to stand’ desks were installed thoughout. The offices were upgraded with privacy film glazing and new partitions that included acoustic sound-proofing. Staff lockers, an internal boardroom, a reception area and ‘breakout’ areas were also part of the new build. Freestanding timber batten walls were added to the ‘breakout’ areas to maintain privacy while still maintaining the feel of an open plan office.
The installation of new PWD amenities required new under-slab drainage to be added to the tenancy below. It was while conducting this work, the team discovered undocumented asbestos underneath the existing vinyl floor tiles. Hence, a specialist asbestos removal contractor was employed out of hours to eliminate any potential impact to the surrounding tenancies or to the project itself.
The fire, air-conditioning, power, electrical and data cabling services were also upgraded as part of the eHealth refurbishment. The works required core drilling and the installation of new sub-mains cabling from the new switchboard on level 9 to the main switchboard in the building’s basement. The Premis team worked closely with the building manager on this, gaining weekend access to minimise the impact on day-to-day operations.
The Premis team delivered the project on time, on budget and with minimal disruption to the current tenants, which was a fantastic example of how the team has mastered the art of delivering complex fit-outs and refurbishments in live environnments.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact across all business sectors across the world, and it has been particularly challenging for the construction industry. In terms of the eHealth refurbishment, we implemented a number of government-mandated processes in order to mitigate the risk of potential transmission.
These included reducing numbers on site, practising social distancing protocols, and ensuring site cleaning was conducted daily. The expertise of our team and our proactive approach resulted in an on-time and on-budget project and an extremely happy client!
Premis looks forward to working with eHealth Queensland on future projects.