The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) located in Melbourne’s suburb of Parkville, is a new home for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. VCCC also provides cancer research space and clinical care services for Melbourne Health and education facilities for The University of Melbourne. The $1 billion project was completed in June 2016 and is now host to leading cancer research studies, treatment, education and patient care.
To support the 130,000 sqm facility and join a new 13 storey building with the existing Royal Melbourne Hospital, VCCC required strong audio visual capability and expertise to design, install and commission high speed network devices to connect all precinct partners. A total of 234 areas ranging from lecture theatres and surgical spaces to meeting rooms and staff hubs needed to be equipped with AV technology. This included wayfinding kiosks, digital signage displays, integrated queuing, room booking and background music in the system component installation. It was important to VCCC to consult with people affected by cancer and ensure they were at the heart of every decision in the development process. With this in consideration, natural light, private rooms, personalised experiences and outdoor gardens were among the wish list items VCCC wanted to make a reality.
Programmed Electrical Technologies collaborated with numerous other partners in the huge project to provide a complete AV system to match VCCC’s world class standards. Managing up to 70 site staff over a 6 day week, with coordination between other trades and sub-contractors, meant ultra clear communication was crucial in the success of the installation. Despite compressed deadlines and numerous logistical challenges, the Programmed team showed great commitment and dedication to deliver the project through use of highly specialised equipment, proficient cabling systems and installation of physical communication infrastructures throughout the facility.
The Electrical Technologies team worked over a three year period to successfully complete the challenging job and meet the requirements of VCCC. The high speed AV system delivers clear audio communication and functionality for staff and connects all facility operation devices including wired computers, phones, nurse call systems, printers, control panels and security systems. The system expands over 110 chemotherapy areas, 8 operating suites, 2 procedure rooms, 27 treatments rooms and 97 consulting rooms across the facility. Programmed were thrilled with the result and opportunity to be involved with VCCC’s vision to drive the next generation of improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer in Australia. Project completion presented Programmed with a great opportunity being nominated for the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Australia excellence awards in 2016. Data cabling and audio visual equipment installation was given two nominations in the Voice Data category. Programmed are also nominated for two other projects at the State awards for electrical technology works carried out over the year.