High performance interior panels from USG Boral were specified for the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) as a robust solution for the high traffic environment.

Spread across an area of 550,000 square metres, the $1.76 billion, 750-bed Gold Coast University Hospital at Parklands Drive, Southport is one of the largest public health facilities in Australia.

Designed by GCUH Architecture (PDT, Silver Thomas Hanley & Hassell Architects), the hospital is one of Queensland’s largest clinical teaching and research facilities, providing specialised health services that meet the needs of patients and the learning requirements of students.

Lend Lease worked in partnership with Queensland Health as the Stage One Managing Contractor. Project design and construction teams worked in perfect co-ordination to bring the tertiary hospital to life, on time and within budget.

USG Powerscape Fiberock Aqua Tough interior panels were specified for their ability to outperform speciality plasterboard and fibre cement panels by offering increased resistance to indentation and penetration. USG Fiberock Aqua Tough interior panels are suitable for use on walls, ceilings and exterior dry soffit applications, and can withstand abuse, moisture, mould and fire.

Deriving both strength and water resistance from their uniform composition, these high-performance panels won’t lose their strength when cut. The panels’ water resistance prevents delamination, making them ideal for wet areas.

USG Powerscape Fiberock Aqua Tough interior panels provide a smooth, paintable surface that can also be finished with ceramic tile. Since a single panel type can be used for an entire room, design and installation work is simplified, shortening job schedules and lowering in-place costs. These interior panels also assist with sustainable building construction as they are made from 95% recycled materials.

Neville Berry – Project Manager at Superior Walls and Ceilings, one of the interior contractors, said Powerscape Fiberock provided them with a full system solution across both wet and dry areas. Listing out the advantages, he said that the panels were resistant to high impact, mould and wet areas; displayed long-lasting characteristics; and offered the same buildability in wet and dry areas.

Paul Langhome – Project Manager at Lend Lease recommends Powerscape Fiberock interior panels for any project involving medical buildings and offices. He explains that USG Fiberock can be used in both wet and dry areas, reducing the overall cost when compared to plasterboard and fibre cement products.

The composite construction of USG Powerscape Fiberock Aqua Tough interior panels makes them easy to work with, since the boards resist cracking unlike fibre cement products. Also, unlike plasterboard products, the panels do not get holes when impacted, eliminating any risk of creating vulnerable areas for superbugs to reside in; additionally, the robust panels minimise ongoing maintenance, saving time and money in after-build repair expenses.

Key benefits of USG Powerscape Fiberock Aqua Tough interior panels also include high acoustic and fire ratings; flexibility to be used across wet and dry areas minimising room for error in a job; composition of the board allowing lightweight attachments to be drilled or screwed directly to the panel; and ability to achieve a homogeneous surface finish.