The new $11.5 million centre represents a collaboration between the University of Sydney, the federal Government, and Concord Hospital. It has been designed to provide student doctors, nurses and clinical workers alike with a state-of-the-art learning facility.
The purpose-built structure includes a cardiac resuscitation training room, surgical skills laboratory, simulation centre and video conferencing suite - providing some 200 students with the very latest in technology and training equipment.
After failing to achieve a satisfactory polished concrete floor finish across the centre's corridors and within student break-out areas, the client was open to finding a slip-resistant, decorative and hygienic flooring system that would achieve a uniform finish and represent the standards and quality of the hospital itself.
Kristalina is a highly decorative surface material containing a creative blend of pigmented and glitter flakes, which are scattered and sealed over a coloured epoxy resin base coat. The system delivers a hard-wearing, high-gloss finish and offers excellent UV resistance.
For the Concord Medical Education Centre, the Kristalina system was formulated in a special blend of coloured aggregates to deliver an attractive multi-toned grey finish. Following on from the installation of the Kristalina system, the entire surface was coated with a water-based polyurethane sealer in a satin finish.
The eco-friendly resin floor finish also hit the right notes in terms of the client's environmental requirements. Not only is the Kristalina material solvent-free and low in VOC emissions but also delivers a wealth of lifecycle cost and efficiency savings.