Building Momentum Increases Efficiency

Fort Bliss embarked on a $5-billion improvement program that proves to be “big” in more ways than one.  According to the Commanding General of the El Paso, Texas, installation, this is the “biggest transformation” in facilities since the base was established in 1848 as a remote Army post to protect settlers.  At a sprawling 1.1-million acres, Fort Bliss is plenty big enough—even by Texas standards—to accommodate the whopping 300% increase in population that has taken place recently as a result of the base becoming a US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM).

Working in collaboration with electrical designer Henderson Engineers, Bergelectric provided design-assist services that included critical antiterrorism measures at the clinic such as fire alarm, mass notification, PA, access control and intrusion/duress detection.  “With a team of preconstruction designers for each system in the building, we were able to offer valuable suggestions for bringing the design requirements in alignment with the US Army Corps of Engineers’ established budget and military guidelines,” stated Carrie Dragman-Renz, preconstruction designer manager.

Regional Offices and Systems Experts Contribute to Accurate Conceptual Estimates

Bergelectric tapped into their stable of nationwide experts throughout development of the Fort Bliss Soldier Family Care Clinic.  Four Berg offices—Portland, Austin, Orlando and San Diego—contributed specialized expertise ranging from estimating, preconstruction, detailing and prefabrication to systems, tel/data and fire alarms on the $42.5-million healthcare facility.

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Strength in Numbers

Although the Fort Bliss Soldier Family Care Clinic is one of the largest Army medical clinics in the nation, the relatively small surrounding project site did pose significant challenges.  Contending with only 50,000 additional square feet outside the building’s footprint for parking and laydown areas meant space was at a premium for all trades.  “Our Austin office took the lead in prefabrication of elements of the electrical service that serves over 2,500 lighting fixtures and 6,000 devices, 5,000 lamps and 500 lighting control devices,” noted Bergelectric’s Project Engineer.  With nearly 419,000 feet of wire throughout the medical clinic, the timing for delivery and placement of each element of the installation was critical to maintaining momentum in the construction schedule.  Now, the Fort Bliss Soldier Family Care Clinic proudly represent the next generation of military healthcare by better serving the needs of soldiers and their families.

Size
140,000  Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$6.1 Million

Duration
November 2008 – May 2011

Delivery Method
Design Assist

Other Team Members
Walton Construction Company, LLC
US Army Corps of Engineers
Henderson Engineers

Berg Regional Office
Austin

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