8i Architects was engaged by Cornerstone Constructions to design an IVF Clinic and Laboratory for The Fertility Centre, owned by Virtus Health – the largest IVF provider in Australia and the top 5 in the world.
Cornerstone and 8i Architects had previously assisted in developing Virtus Health’s ‘One Lab’ design principles, which are based on the latest international research and aim to set a new benchmark in the delivery of assisted reproductive services. This facility is the first to implement the One Lab design principles.
There were a number of challenges on this project. Facilities of this kind are highly sensitive to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – chemicals commonly found in building products. 8i Architects was incredibly careful to keep VOCs low in our design. In fact, the VOC reading in the IVF Laboratory extraordinarily registered as zero during multiple test readings, making this a world-first facility of its kind.
There are extensive technical conditions, specific workflow requirements, equipment and building material knowledge requirements needed to deliver an IVF facility. 8i Architects has passionately remained at the forefront of the latest international research on IVF facilities and technologies since delivering our first IVF Laboratory in 2011. Our team regularly meets with the IVF industry’s top experts (including IVF auditors) and attends fertility courses for new embryologists to continue to expand on our knowledge.
Our Director, Charmaine Kai, is a member of the Fertility Society of Australia and New Zealand with the endorsement of the past President of the Fertility Society of Australia and the former Chairperson of Scientist in Reproductive Technology. Charmaine has been working with some of the most published and internationally renowned scientists in reproductive biology and medicine to develop the One Lab design principles.
8i Architects was very pleased to deliver this project on budget for Cornerstone Constructions and Virtus Health.