Forté Health Medical Centre
This building is one of the first hospitals in New Zealand to achieve a four Star Green Star rated certification, and one of only three Green Star health buildings throughout Australasia at the time of construction. It is also the first building in New Zealand to use steel ‘PRESSS’ technology.
Tenants include a variety of specialist medical facilities. The building incorporates 5,000m2 of specialised facilities, including four operating theatres, patient bedrooms, urology, radiology, orthopaedics and women’s health clinics, as well as 650m2 of plant deck on the roof and a further plant room at ground level.
To meet the design and performance requirements, Forté Health utilises a post-tensioned steel rocking and dissipating system, representing the first application of steel Precast Seismic Structural System ('PRESSS') technology in New Zealand. The lateral load-resisting system consists of coupled, steel-braced frames, vertically post-tensioned by un-bonded high strength steel bars. The frames are able to rock during a significant seismic event, with the post-tensioning providing a restoring force that re-centres the building. Dampers are fixed to the frames to absorb the earthquake's energy.
Engenium was subsequently engaged to provide the civil and structural designs for Stage II, a three level specialists building including an external oxygen store and modifications to the main hospital internal fitout.