Significant Contributions to Geelong Through Hospital Construction
Epworth Geelong has not yet opened its doors to patients but the hospital is already making a positive impact to the Greater Geelong community, having awarded more than $21 million to local manufacturing and construction trades and suppliers.
Construction of Epworth Geelong was the primary contributor to the 557 per cent increase in Greater Geelong non-domestic building activity figures in November 2014 when the build gained momentum. By 30 June 2015 there were more than 550 people working on site.
Epworth Geelong CEO Damian Armour says, “Epworth Geelong’s construction ethos was established from the outset, conscious of the economic environment in the region, it was important to us that contracts be awarded to local companies as much as possible.”
This vision was shared by Brookfield Multiplex, who formally engaged companies including Geelong Fabrications (structural steel), Geelong Fire Services, Norris Plant Hire (Civil Works) and Geelong Telephone Company, to name a few.
In addition, other subcontractors engaged on the project have been sourcing local employees who live in the greater Geelong region.
Both Epworth HealthCare and Brookfield Multiplex have been impressed by the quality of work and supplies available within the region.
“Many of the companies have been around for decades and provide a great quality product and service, with years of industry experience to match,” says Damian. “When Epworth Geelong opens, patients and visitors can walk through the doors knowing our hospital is of the highest quality because of the standard within the local industry.”
In offering more work locally, we have enabled new apprenticeships to commence through contractors on site, to give up-and-coming building and manufacturing employees the chance to learn their trade on an exciting and large-scale project.
GForce, which provides apprenticeship, traineeship and employment opportunities in the Geelong region, placed 15 new and local electrical apprenticeships through Apps Elec, Decon Industries, Geelong Fire Services and QA Electrical.
Apps Elec had 37 local electrical apprentices on site in total, including the new placements through GForce, while D&E air conditioning had four local mechanical service apprentices out of 175 people on site.
It has certainly been a positive start to what is an exciting future ahead for Epworth Geelong.
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