Karratha Health Campus: the largest health infrastructure investment in regional WA history
Set to become the largest health infrastructure investment in regional Western Australia’s history, the $207.15 million Karratha Health Campus will herald a new era in healthcare excellence.
Due to service the Pilbara region from 2018, the 40-bed facility will feature an expanded emergency department, brand new surgical centre, new delivery suites and maternity wing, world-class Telehealth services, new and expanded outpatients, and essential services such as child health and medical imaging – all in one location.
The Campus will also provide a comprehensive 'one-stop shop' for the delivery of integrated health services including physiotherapy, speech therapy, counseling, community health nursing and community mental health.
Not only promising to facilitate easy community access to world-class healthcare, the campus (currently under construction in Karratha’s town centre by the Multiplex Cooper & Oxley JV) will also provide valuable support to smaller regional hospitals including Roebourne, Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Onslow.
No need for hot work permits and fire extinguishers
Viega Propress was used on this project for hot and cold-water distribution from the Central Energy Plant (CEP) to service the main hospital. And likewise, with Sanpress Inox, the system was used to supply high-quality, Reverse Osmosis (RO) water from the CEP to the main hospital building.
Axis Plumbing Services WA Pty Ltd was charged with the important task of overseeing all plumbing requirements for the new campus. Project Manager Ashley Hand says the use of Viega products and processes offered a number of key advantages.
“The Viega system offers a fast installation process compared to when you’re using oxy-acetylene,” he explains. “The labour component is reduced, and the specially-calibrated tools provided by Viega makes it easy for the guys on-site. Safety-wise it’s a lot better as well because you don’t have to have hot work permits and fire extinguishers in place. It’s also a pretty tight product.
"If you’ve installed it in the manner that Viega teach, there won’t be any issues in regards to leakage when it comes to testing.”