State of the Art Facility
Client: Port Macquarie Eye Centre
Project: New Eye Centre
Address: Ackroyd Street, Port Macquarie
Architect: Robert Snow
Contractor: Lianda Constructions Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer: David Johnson
Completion: Stage 1: 2011 | Stage 2: 2015
A state of the art suite of consultation rooms, assessment rooms, procedure room and operating theatre built over two stages. Close consultation with the client, Drs Mulligan, Thompson and Game, joined later by Dr Hopley, involved careful analysis of patient flows and needs, consideration for visual comfort, lighting levels, also resulting in dedicated waiting rooms close to functions.
The Eye Centre uses numerous hi tech diagnostic machines which were carefully measured to understand the ergonomic characteristics and space requirements to ensure economic utilisation of building space. The ophthalmologists also had different consultation preferences and requirements, which resulted in two different consultation types.
The project also involved resolution of numerous technical requirements, medical gasses, theatre lights, operating and the control of daylighting. Daylight was deemed to be the “enemy” making the placement of windows critical with screening devices and blinds giving variable control.
A 65kw photovoltaic array has been installed on the roof, with solar hot water, water storage tanks and water detention to mitigate rain events.
“Rob Snow was the architect on our purpose built eye clinic and day surgery. Rob has been excellent to deal with throughout the design, construction and completion of our centre. He has shown great care to detail in his work. He has responded quickly to our requests. He has rapidly understood the specific requirements of our line of work and the government regulations of design of health care facilities. Rob has been a pleasure to deal with at all times and I would highly recommend his services.”
Colin Thompson, Director Port Macquarie Eye Centre and Port Macquarie Ophthalmic Surgery.
Robert Snow Architect
Principal of Snow Architects.
B’ARCH (WITS) M’ARCH ENV. DESIGN (CARDIFF) R.A.I.A.
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