Berg in a Design Assist Role for Pediatric Healthcare Expansion
More than 60 years ago, when a group of community-minded women envisioned a pediatric hospital dedicated to serving the needs of area kids, the Children’s Hospital Central California (CHCC) was born. Today, their dream has developed into a 50-acre campus that has set its sights on becoming “the preeminent provider of pediatric services for Central California and the Western United States.”
From its 340-bed facility—in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley just below the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains—CHCC’s watchword “amazing people, incredible care” is delivered on each of the over 9,000 annual pediatric surgeries performed in the nationally-recognized Craycroft Cancer Center and within its premier Pediatric Neonatal Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Through the $55-million expansion program completed under the guidance of Turner Construction Company—the nation’s largest builder of healthcare facilities—CHCC is experiencing a real growth surge.
A Delicate Operation: Electrical Tie-In
Following a thorough investigation of the existing hospital electrical system, Bergelectric partnered with Turner Construction in a presentation to hospital administration during which Berg professionals laid out a well-conceived, step-by-step plan for the design and verification of the electrical system that will power CHCC’s 66,000-sf expansion. Painstaking efforts to provide the appropriate service for each specific hospital use is culminating in construction and installation of a comprehensive three-part electrical distribution structure that features normal, life-safety and critical systems to directly address the unique requirements of each.
Collaborating closely with both Karlsberger Architecture and electrical engineer Mazzetti & Associates, Berg served in a design-assist role. Since construction crews worked in a fully-operational medical facility, Berg’s responsibility for providing design solutions and details for the electrical feed tie-in to the new expansion was particularly crucial. Existing conditions with the hospital’s electrical power-feed configuration made it necessary to design and implement an alternate solution for the construction and tie-in of the system.”
Things are Looking Up: Overhead Systems
Extremely limited space above the ceiling line made overhead installation of system components and seismic bracing even more challenging during the construction of the CHCC expansion. In order to get a realistic picture of what crews would actually encounter in the field, Berg’s detailing department worked in partnership with Turner Construction, as well as other subcontractors, in the creation of 3D drawings related to overhead-systems installation.
Once construction began in earnest, close coordination with other trades and implementation of Berg’s proven material distribution system minimized conflicts and delays. By keeping their electricians supplied with “just-in-time” materials and delivering the right components close to their areas of assignment, Berg’s well-established protocol became an essential part of the installation process and keeping the project on track.”
Upon completion in 2012, the expansion to the medical center’s Emergency Department, Pediatric ICU, Surgical Suites and Imaging Center, as well as modernization of existing patient-care facilities, provide improved care to the growing number of kids—which is now approaching 1.2 million—in Children’s Hospital Central California’s service area.
66,500 Square Feet
Electrical Construction Cost
November 2008 – June 2012
Other Team Members
Mazzetti & Associates
Berg Regional Office
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