Australia’s New Bendigo Hospital

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided electrical, mechanical, communication, and other essential design services for Victoria’s new Bendigo Hospital project—Australia’s first world-class regional hospital.


  • Size: 95,000 square meters (1,022,570 square feet)
  • Construction Cost: AUD$630 million (USD$426 million)
  • Client/Owner: Victorian Government
  • Architect: Silver Thomas Hanley and Bates Smart
  • Contractor: Lendlease
  • Completion Date: 2017


The new Bendigo Hospital is about 60 percent larger than the previous facility, with expanded capacity to include an integrated regional cancer center and a new psychiatric inpatient facility. Tetra Tech was part of the successful Exemplar Health consortium appointed by the Victorian Government to design, build, and operate the new hospital. The consortium comprises Capella Capital (sponsor), Lendlease (providing equity and responsible for construction), architects Silver Thomas Hanley and Bates Smart, Siemens (providing equity), and Spotless (facilities managers).

The new hospital services a quarter of Victoria’s land mass and will assist Bendigo Health in providing the health services expected by the 330,000 people in the Loddon-Malle region, well into the 21st century. The cutting-edge facility also is attracting and retaining the best staff, training the future health workforce for the region, and supporting other health services as part of an effective regional health system.

The state has invested AUD$630 million (USD$426 million) in capital funding for the facility that includes:

  • A new acute hospital with 372 acute inpatient beds, 72 same-day beds, 80 psychiatric inpatient beds, and 10 operating theaters
  • A new, integrated regional cancer center with 26 chemotherapy places (included in same-day beds above), 4 radiotherapy bunkers, and 30 consulting rooms
  • A satellite dialysis facility with 16 places (included in same-day beds above)
  • Diagnostic, outpatient, staff, education, administration, public, and back of house spaces
  • Investment in information and communication technology to facilitate effective care delivery and efficient work practices, and to provide the essential tools to support 21st century learning and research, including electronic medical records
  • High-security features, augmented by the latest technology, such as automated drones capable of delivering supplies to needed areas, freeing up medical staff to treat patients rather than fetch items from storage. The drones automatically detect the presence of people in the area and will not allow doors to open unless the person is authorized. This also integrates into the vertical transportation system, which limits accessibility for non-authorized occupants

Every design decision considered the entire human life cycle. Most of the patient activity in a hospital occurs bedside.  By integrating the electronic medical records with the existing legacy systems, using the latest unified communications systems and Internet Protocol (IP) network and converging current healthcare systems, the new technology gave staff and patients the ability to interact in a live environment, ultimately providing greatly improved health and well-being outcomes.

Some of the sustainable design features Tetra Tech provided are:

  • Rainwater harvesting that captures rain from 80 percent of the available roof area for reuse
  • Diesel Rotary UPS generators that provide mission-critical redundancy to both clinical and technical loads
  • Two 800-kWe cogeneration plants coupled to an absorption chiller providing trigeneration functionality
  • Low or non-volatile compounds in carpets, vinyl surfaces, and paints
  • Heat rejection via new adiabatic cooling technologies that save water and power and do not require registration as cooling towers