With a budget of $2 billion, Fiona Stanley Hospital is Western Australia’s largest single building project and the flagship of the state’s health reform program. Built by Brookfield Multiplex and designed by Hassell, Silver Thomas Hanley and Hames Sharley, the hospital incorporates the very latest in evidence-based design principals. In this sense, it is designed not just to deliver the best in traditional medicine and clinical care but also to be a naturally healing environment that is absolutely patient-centred.
In keeping with the ambition to provide a high quality environment that helps with healing, the project team behind Fiona Stanley Hospital was also determined to keep volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in interior fixtures and finishes to a minimum. High levels of VOCs can have a detrimental effect on indoor air quality and the health of building occupiers, but unfortunately they are all too common in many building products in particular paint. VOCs can be emitted or ‘ off-gassed’ into living spaces and the atmosphere for up to five years after paint has been applied, interacting with other chemicals in the atmosphere to produce pollutants that can lead to a range of health problems, from asthma to headaches, nausea and even cancer. To help address this issue, the project team behind Fiona Stanley Hospital specified Taubmans Pure Performance Interior paint internally. Approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program, which helps people identify asthma and allergy-aware products that deliver cleaner air, Pure Performance Interior is a 100% acrylic, water-based paint that, crucially, is low in volatile organic compounds (VOC) and odour. In addition to this, though, the paint also benefits from Taubmans’ other investments in technological development and product engineering, which means it boasts a number of features unique to the range that are ideal for health applications.
The Fiona Stanley Hospital aims to break new ground in hospital design. To achieve this, it not only incorporates some of the latest medical technologies, but also best-practice evidence-based design principles that call for patient-centred, healthy interior environments, which Taubmans Pure Performance Interior paint has played an important part in delivering. As Jeff Menkens, principal at Hassell, has said, the hospital passed a key test when more than 2000 people visited the site during an open day just before completion.
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