The $60 million Armidale Hospital redevelopment project is approaching another significant milestone as the concrete slab for the level two floor is scheduled to be poured on Thursday 16 February.
A new team member has joined the construction site to help the NSW Health Infrastructure and Hunter New England Health-led Project Team reach these amazing heights.
Introducing The DOC – a 32-metre tower crane who was brought on site by construction managers, Richard Crookes Constructions. The DOC has been supporting the builders to construct the new four-storey building that will house the hospital's new emergency department, among many other services, as part of the major redevelopment.
The DOC arrived nameless until a Project Team call-out to local primary school students in late-2016 caught the attention of Armidale City Public School student Brayden Grieves.
More than 400 potential crane names were entered into the contest across Armidale, Uralla and Guyra local government areas. The enticement was a $1000 prize for the winning school to spend on much-needed educational resources. The prize has been donated by the Armidale Hospital Redevelopment Project.
A project review panel identified The DOC, Brayden's submission, as a name that was simple, but referenced the importance of the hospital to the community and the importance of the crane structure in bringing the new hospital facilities into reality.
Brayden explains his choice, "Doctors are important at the hospital because they help people. I thought The DOC would be a good name for the crane that is helping build Armidale a new hospital."
Armidale City Public School Principal, Mr Matt Hobbs, said that Brayden's creativity will have a great benefit for the school in allocating the prize money to valuable educational resources.
"I'm really proud of all the students from Armidale City Public who took part in this creative opportunity to engage with the major work taking place at the hospital," Mr Hobbs said.
"By taking part, and having one of our students, Brayden, take the prize, all of the Armidale City students will reap the reward for participating."
Wendy Mulligan, General Manager of Armidale Hospital was delighted to see so much enthusiasm and engagement by the student community.
"I'm pleased that the hospital redevelopment project has encouraged these kids to get on board. Well done to Brayden on coming up with the winning name," said Mrs Mulligan.
Member for the Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall also congratulated Brayden.
"The Armidale Hospital is a massive step forward for the city – and it wouldn't be possible without the gargantuan DOC. Thanks to Brayden's creativity, we know who to thank when we're standing in brand new healthcare facilities later this year", he said.