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Queensland Childrens Hospital

The Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) is a $1.5 billion project, representing the largest capital investment in the history of Queensland Children’s Health Services and is one of the major health projects underway in Australia.

The new QCH will function as the primary emergency treatment facility for Brisbane as well as providing statewide healthcare services for children with severe or complex medical conditions.

Abigroup has been appointed as the Managing Contractor for the QCH project and will deliver the following:

  • 12 storey building
  • 359 beds
  • 80,000sqm floor space
  • 4 levels of underground car parking

Aircom Group Pty Limited (Aircom) has been contracted by AE Smith Mechanical Services to provide the 160mm Sumetzberger Pneumatic Tube System for the Queensland Childrens Hospital. In excess of 4 km of tubing will be installed throughout the QCH precinct to provide transportation for all Pathology and Pharmaceutical samples.

In addition to transporting carriers internally throughout the network of stations installed in the QCH, Aircom was presented with a design challenge to link the Pneumatic Tube System between two buildings – QCH building and the new Academic and Research Facility (A&RF). The two buildings are linked via an underground services tunnel and Aircom will install 8 off 160mm independent lines to connect the QCH to the A&RF.

The A&RF will house a state of the art Aircom Pathology Work Station housing the 8 Multi Send / Multi Receive PTS stations – hub of the Sumetzberger Pneumatic Tube System. Up to 80% of total daily system transactions will be transported to the A&RF from the QCH. The total daily system transactions is envisaged to be in excess of 1,800 transactions per day.

Major components for the QCH / A&RF 160mm Sumetzberger Pneumatic Tube System includes:

  • 38 Pneumatic Tube Stations
  • 40 Diverter Units
  • 190 Carriers
  • 8 Multi Send Stations
  • 8 Multi Receive Stations
  • Power Transfer Interchange Unit – 8 Zones
  • Power Control CCU
  • PC Monitoring
  • RFID Automatic Transportation of Carrier
  • Carrier Tracking – real time

The Queensland Childrens Hospital is due for completion late 2014.