Building Momentum Increases Efficiency

Nestled among Texas Hill Country’s rugged granite outcroppings is the city of New Braunfels, which was named by 19th century settlers after the beautiful “brown rock” town of their native Germany.  While other locales around the country may be experiencing declines, the past five years has resulted in some of this city’s greatest rises in population—approximately 16 percent.  With growth comes expanded needs for quality healthcare services and Ernest Health, Inc., set its sights on fulfilling those needs in New Braunfels with its new $12-million New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.

BIM and Materials Management Help Maintain Aggressive Schedule

Under the leadership of general contractor M.J. Harris, Inc. Construction Services, Berg is provided electrical systems and the underground raceways for tel/data, security, cable television and nurse-call systems for this 40-bed facility, which includes a state-of-the-art physical therapy unit and swimming pool.

An aggressive nine-month construction schedule called for a creative approach that is just the ticket for Berg’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities.  “Our crews are primarily using slab-on-grade rough-ins to reduce potential conflicts with other trades in the field, but where overhead installations were required, the use of BIM that pinpoints raceway locations in relationship to other infrastructure was invaluable in maintaining momentum,” noted Bergelectric General Foreman.

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Prefabrication of overhead racks and wall rough-in units, as well as innovative on-site materials handling further increased efficiency.  Berg crews were within 50 feet of strategically-placed carts that were loaded with precisely the materials needed for each location.  “With an innovative materials-management system designed by our own team of experts, Berg has proven that we can increase productivity and positively impact the schedule,” added Bergelectric Project Manager Bobby Gibbs.

With its design by architects Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, this 40,000-sf facility offers New Braunfels’ residents access to the care they need right in their own community.

Size
46,000  Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$1.2 Million

Duration
October 2010 – January 2012

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

Other Team Members
MJ Harris, Inc.

Berg Regional Office
Austin

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