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Kaleeya Aged Care Facility

Client: Cooper & Oxley

Project Type: Upgrade of AC systems
Date: January 2016 – August 2017

Project overview:

  • Supply, installation and commissioning of new:
    • Packaged, ducted, cassette and wall hung AC systems
    • Kitchen hood ventilation systems
    • Cool rooms and freezer rooms
    • Outside air ventilation systems
    • Medical gases
    • Air diffusion, fire dampers and other associated ducted equipment
  • Building Management System (BMS) Extension.
  • Electrical works including new to accommodate the new installation.


The Southern Cross Care (WA) Kaleeya Aged Care project was a complex, trying, stressful and comprehensibly difficult project.

 The complexity of redeveloping a former hospital (Kaleeya hospital) into a modern-day aged care facility complete with wellness centre and rehabilitation complex was skilfully designed and detailed by SPH architecture + interiors. SG&K Engineers designed the HVAC&R and medical gases scope of works.

The complexity was exacerbated by the untimely failure of Cooper&Oxley (the builder/ head contractor) when they entered administration following the demonstrated collapse of management.

The considerable commercial impact to our business and many other sub-contractors, as a result of the incompetence of others, did not deter us from completing the project. One day the principle and works superintendent will realise and appreciate this impact, and the fact that many suppliers and sub-contractors went ‘over and beyond’ to deliver a quality build.

Australian HVAC Services were engaged to install the ventilation, HVAC and refrigeration associated with the kitchen coolroom and freezer. The air conditioning system included an elaborate variable refrigerant flow system complete with an intelligent type of building management system to integrate all the elements of the installation.  The medical gases infrastructure for this facility was completed by LifeLines WA.