Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) developed a vision for the improvement and transformation of health systems. Part of making this vision a reality was a new building - Ko Awatea, Centre for Healthcare Service Innovation.
Together with their partners, AUT University, The University of Auckland and the Manukau Institute of Technology, CMDHB required an innovative and dynamic environment within the building, which was to be delivered within a very short timeframe and in a cost-competitive manner. Additionally, the brief also required a building that could potentially be disassembled and relocated to another site. The immediate site for the building is in the heart of CMDHB’s Middlemore Hospital campus; a 3000sqm site tightly constrained by vehicular and pedestrian circulation routes and the need to preserve carparking numbers.
In response to the identified needs, an exciting, vibrant and flexible learning environment for up to 1000 occupants was designed to meet the diverse and differing needs of CMDHB and its partners. The spaces within the building are split into four generic areas; shared space, lecture theatres, innovation centre and teaching space. However these areas explicitly overlap, creating new opportunities for learning communities.
Integration of technology, reconfigurable spaces and varying sizes of room allow for the broadest possible range of activities, from 230-person lectures to individual computer workstations. An informal open learning concept is integrated throughout the building; glazed partitions literally create transparency of activities within the building, whilst the integrated café acts as a social hub open to all students and staff on the hospital campus, encouraging social and professional interaction and exchange of ideas in line with the vision of improvement and transformation.
In order to deliver the building within the timeframe (12 months from conception to completion), extensive BIM modelling was leveraged to both communicate the whole design vision and to coordinate prefabrication of elements. Constructors could view the complete intent in 3D, see their construction options and integrate shop drawings into the whole model, achieving a level of confidence that allowed much of the building to be constructed off-site, which minimised construction disruption to the hospital campus.