SAHMRI gets an Imaging Makeover
Australia has several world leading medical research facilities. As the poulation ages, the need for effective health solutions will become even more important. This is why it is vital to keep our medical research facilities on the cutting edge, by constantly improving their capabilities.
The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is one of Australia’s premier medical research institutions, with ongoing projects that seek to investigate the causes and treatment of cancer, premature births, infectious diseases, depression, heart disease, Aboriginal health disparities, diabetes, and dementia. To ensure they have access to the very latest in technology and capabilities, SAHMRI has collaborated with Dr Jones & Partners to form the Clinical and Research Imaging Centre (CRIC).
SAHMRI facility manager, Peter Pannach sees the CRIC as a mutually beneficial partnership for both SAHMRI and Dr Jones & Partners.
“The ability for SAHMRI researchers to have access to leading edge imaging technology – along with the expertise to use it – in an environment that we knew was designed to ensure effective operation, is incredibly beneficial,” says Pannach.
“The CRIC also benefits from having access to SAHMRI’s cyclotron, which enables imaging staff to use new shorter half-life compounds in various scans. This gives the imaging team access to better quality materials, lowers the radiation dose patients are exposed to, and streamlines the diagnostic process,” he adds.
As with most health projects, the implementation of the fitout had to follow a strict timeline, and it had to be done while the building was in full operation. The 24/7 nature of SAHMRI precluded off-hours building, so the design had to consider how the fitout would be constructed in a ‘live’ environment, without reducing the operational status of other sections of the building.
To achieve this, all services had to integrate seamlessly with the base building infrastructure, and it had to be done correctly on the first attempt. NDY was the Lead Services Consultant for the base building, providing Mechanical, Hydraulic, Acoustic, Integrated Building Systems and Fire Engineering in the original design.
Bringing NDY on board meant that the team had first hand knowledge of SAHMRI’s base building, which shortened the lead time to a completed design, while ensuring that the service designs were compatible with the base building infrastructure.