A Design Build Masterpiece at Camp Pendleton

Pressure was on Bergelectric from the very beginning of the new Camp Pendleton Hospital Replacement project. Not only due to this project’s unusually short construction schedule (half the time of a typical hospital installation of this size), but because of who this facility was being built for—Our Nations Bravest—including Wounded Warriors, 150,000 active military personnel, their families and retired veterans. “From the jump, the team’s goal was to provide the best care for the returning wounded, ill and injured service members,” said Bergelectric’s Senior Vice President Ron Wood, “and to pull this off the way our Navy personnel deserved, we knew it would take a cohesive team with the same goals and focus from the very beginning.”

Typically, a hospital project of this magnitude would require a seven-year delivery process however, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) cut the delivery time in half in order to tend to our wounded vets who had sacrificed so much for our freedom—making timing and coordination a top priority. The enormous task of designing and building the facility in a fraction of the time was only possible through the efforts of a world-class team working together to build a world-class facility.

In a design-build effort, Bergelectric relied heavily on the preconstruction labors at the very beginning stages of the project in order to help expedite the field installation and keep up with the aggressive construction schedule. BIM coordination reached new heights as members of all trades participated in a very thorough coordination process—ultimately leading to a safe and efficient installation across the board.

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According to Bergelectric VDC/BIM Manager Carrie Dragman-Renz, the Hospital Replacement was an unprecedented design and construction experience serving as a solid model for the ultimate design-build team.  Blurring organization lines and working in intensely close collaboration with the engineers of exp U.S. Services, Inc., Bergelectric took the lead on the mammoth electrical effort, which consisted of 12kV main electrical power for the 500,000-sf facility, 1,500-space parking structure and 20,000-sf central utilities plant.  Bergelectric had 14 months to complete six concurrent design submittals, beginning with a fast-track site and underground submittal.  Given the colossal task of gathering and processing an astronomical amount of data, Bergelectric could not have moved at the pace and accuracy we achieved without a major commitment from the exp team.

By sharing resources, mentoring one another and utilizing each team member’s expertise, the entire team worked synergistically and focused on the mission at hand: delivering the most technologically-advanced medical facility for our military men and women.

Size
500,000 square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$49 Million

Duration
October 2010 – February 2014

Delivery Method
Design-Build

Other Team Members
Clark/McCarthy Joint Venture
exp Consulting Engineers

Technology Systems
TelData, Fire Alarm, Security, Public Address, Nurse Call

Berg Regional Office
San Diego

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