Waipapa Christchurch Hospital is the largest government project in the Canterbury rebuild following the 2010/2011 Earthquakes. Octa acted in the role of Engineer to the Contract during the seven-year design and construction period of this $500M building.
The 62,000sqm building is being constructed with the inclusion of 129 base isolators to provide the seismic performance necessary for this vital IL 4 (Importance Level 4) building, ensuring it will be a safe environment for staff, patients, and visitors.
The new building provides 12 new operating theatres, 36 ICU beds and 18 isolation rooms together with 400 in-patient beds and a rooftop helipad.
The new theatres allow the Canterbury DHB to perform an additional 6,000 surgeries a year, and the inpatient ward blocks over six floors include purpose-designed spaces for children.
This building complements the $130M Parkside Building, and the Oncology and Pathology Buildings completed in 1998 and for which Octa chaired the Project Control Group, provided the Project Director (on secondment) as well as project management and construction programming services.
The complex nature of these large, tertiary hospital projects within and around a fully operational facility with very tight site constraints and access requirements.
The ICU and ED radiology departments were fast tracked to early completion in April 2020 to make them available for COVID-19 patients but fortunately they were not required.