Balancing Human and Environmental Needs at Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital was the winner of this year’s Public category at the Sustainability Awards. The project embodies environmentally responsible practices combined with flexible plans that will enable the hospital to adapt to future demands.
Its design also aims to aid in the healing process and enhance the general wellbeing of visitors and users, increasing the effectiveness of the buildings while keeping one eye on their long-term operational efficiency and sustainability. This was of significance to the Sustainability Awards’ judges, who noted:
"The importance of buildings in promoting and sustaining health cannot be underestimated — this hospital shows how this typology can [lead in the creation of] places [for] wellbeing."
The Sunshine Coast University Hospital project achieved a 5-star Green Star ‘Design’ and is now targeting a 5-star ‘As Built’ rating.