With an anticipated 450 beds when it opens in 2016, a number that will increase to 738 by 2021, the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital development represents Australia’s first new (not replacement) hospital construction project in more than 20 years.

The new hospital also serves as an interesting case study regarding the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and close collaboration in the early stages of the project. In early 2013, our 5D quantity surveyor (5DQS) team was engaged by Lend Lease to advise on the benefits BIM could provide…