Mark does the heavy lifting

AT WORK: Mark Bolzon at the new Bendigo Hospital project site. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

AT WORK: Mark Bolzon at the new Bendigo Hospital project site. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

The Bendigo Advertiser is continuing to publish a series of profiles on some of the people helping to build the new Bendigo Hospital.

MARK Bolzon is taking the new Bendigo Hospital project to new heights.

Mr Bolzon is a structure foreman with Lend Lease and is responsible for all the cranes, heavy lifting, facades and glazing.

Mr Bolzon, 40, moved from Melbourne to Bendigo earlier this year to play a part in the multi million-dollar project.

"We put in the steel plate into the cancer bunker on Tuesday," Mr Bolzon said.

"It was 39.8 tonnes and we had to get the crane up reasonably close - 14.5 metres away from where the plate went.

"We had to build all these temporary works to hold it in place and then that got picked up and put in between some temporary propping.

"Once we got that level, we welded all these braces which held it in place - so it was 40 tonnes standing there, sitting in (a structure) like a bath.

"Once that was all right we grouted it in.

"It's hard to fathom unless you see it."

Structure foreman plays a part in the new Bendigo Hospital

Mr Bolzon said building the radiation bunkers was a very involved process.

"It's massive," he said.

"It's all the logistics - getting it signed off by the radiation consultant so that you don't get any hot spots, which is radiation leakage, from one bunker into another bunker."

Three of the site's four cranes - Ben, Maximus and Cranium - will be raised in the coming weeks.

"They get raised four sections each," Mr Bolzon said.

"Lucy stays at a lower level because that's the psych area and that's only three floors high, so she stays where she is.

"The other cranes all get raised up and that will probably happen within the next four weeks.

The other cranes all get raised up and that will probably happen within the next four weeks. - Mark Bolzon

"It's quite funny - all the cranes had lights on them, except crane two, and we actually had people asking when we were going to put a light on the other one.

"It was just by chance and through engineering that it didn't have a light but everyone noticed and was asking about it so people are certainly noticing the cranes."

When Mr Bolzon's not busy working at the new Bendigo Hospital site he can be found tending to his 120 head of cattle.

"We have a farm over towards Seymour so it's half an hour quicker to get from Bendigo to the farm than from Melbourne, which is good," he said.

"I'm Melbourne born and bred but I just like the country lifestyle."

Keep an eye on the Bendigo Advertiser's Hospital HQ page at www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/hospitalhq/ for the next hospital profile.

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