Centre for National Resilience, Mickleham VIC

Project Type
Healthcare Facility
Products Used
Studco Stud & Track Systems
Mickleham VIC 3064

Centre for National Resilience, Mickleham VIC

A Purpose Built Community Project

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, an effective and expedient response was required to manage public health. Coming in the form of a resilient Quarantine Centre, the Australian Federal Government prescribed a facility that could host 1,000 beds for safe quarantining purposes.

Contractor Expoconti approached Studco to assist in realizing the overarching vision of Multiplex – accomplishing an outstanding, fully operational build in line with public health recommendations.

Engineered and constructed to withstand seismic events.

Fast and responsive technical support was essential for this time sensitive project.

Build to comply with strict quarantine requirements.

Quarantine Centre Stud Ceiling
The strength required to accommodate for the height of the custom wall studs, accompanied by the space required for internal servicing - both handily managed by this stud ceiling installation.
Quarantine Centre Stud Ceiling 3
Another stud ceiling installation in what would become a common room for staff.

Managing Short Lead Times

Following an unexpected design change, the contractor was tasked with resolving an 80mm deflection in the building’s structural steel. Studco took on this objective as the Technical Team sought to determine the root of this structural concern. In identifying the complications of the build, specific design alterations were able to be pinpointed.

Within three working days Studco had the product designed, engineered and delivered to site ready to be installed. This immediate turnaround was achievable on the strength of Studco Technical, Logistics and Sales teams – integrating to deliver excellent and efficient service. Studco responded by creating a custom Deflection Head Track with 110mm flanges. This eclipses the Australian standard for deflection in Commercial buildings four-fold.

Expansive Service

The expanses of Studco’s servicing for the project encompassed all common areas throughout the building, including offices, laundries, waste rooms, caterers kitchens and more. From the engineered designs to expedient supply of materials, all input served to meet the needs of the 1,000-bed population of the hub. The extensive services offered by Studco were signalled by Expoconti in their statement:


Seismic Design

Value engineering provided by Studco was characterised by the project’s seismic requirements. Preparing a comprehensive look into relevant seismic considerations, Studco presented a design that addressed these requirements in comprehensive detail.

Engineering specifications were also informed by the 6.5m high walls established throughout the hub. The specified wall height allows space for internal servicing hardware in the ceiling – including the healthcare grade ventilation systems.

Quarantine Centre Bulkhead - Studco AU
Bulkhead steel framing containing the servicing elements above.
Quarantine Centre Workers - Studco AU
Workers on-site in the final stages of the Centre's completion.

Built for the Future

The Centre for National Resilience will serve as a fundamental hub for addressing the challenges presented by COVID-19 and in preparation for future use. Home to a high standard of medical-grade infection prevention control, the centre was designed and constructed accordingly.

Having met the strict requirements for a public health facility, the centre is primed for other public health purposes and accommodation, should the time come. This flexibility is viable through the accomplished work of the initial design and construction – something Studco is incredibly proud to have serviced.

Quarantine Centre External ABC - Studco AU
An exterior look at the Centre, designed for each living space to have its own exit. Source: ABC
Quarantine Centre Internal ABC - Studco®
A look into the completed accommodation. Source: ABC

The lateral thinking and practical application of Studco’s practices exhibited in this development could transform your next project. The Studco team is here to realize this transformation – get in touch at 1300 255 255 or

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