JTK Consult (JTK) was engaged by Pantai Medivest Sdn Bhd to undertake a condition audit and defects assessment of the Hospital Sultan Ismail to ascertain the present condition of the building. Problems of high condensation, rising damp and adequacy of roofing provisions had been variously highlighted during the hospital operations and the suitability of the air conditioning systems and the overall M& E provisions were subject to review.
The study was deemed necessary to confirm if these defects are due to inherent design deficiencies or arising from construction related defects or simply due to a lack of maintenance.
Hospital Sultan Ismail (formerly known as Hospital Pandan) is a 704 bed secondary and tertiary care facility for a population catchment of over 700,000 within the district of Johor Bahru.
The approach to the building condition audit involved an overall walk through of the hospital and a more detailed examination of problem areas. A preliminary condition audit of accessible parts of the hospital from ground floor to roof level was undertaken in Oct/Nov 2007. At the request of Pantai Medivest a selected number of individual suites in the accommodation block were also investigated where particular problems of defects were received as complaints from the residents.
No major structural distress was noted. However defects ranging from water penetration to cracking were noted throughout the structure. Poor detailing and provisions at roof level had led to water penetration into the structure. Issues of voltage variabilities and unacceptable harmonics in the electrical system was confirmed in localised areas. All the mechanical Systems were satisfactory with the exception of the MVAC System which indicated an abnormal percentage of breakdowns and complaints.
Forensic Engineering and Remedial Solutions:
condition audit and structural/M&E assessment and remedial recommendations