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Fast Track for an Industry Giant

San Diego-based Petco—the privately held pet retailing giant (founded in 1965)—operates more than 1,300 pet store locations across the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Petco’s brand is recognizable virtually everywhere, however, the name has become synonymous with San Diego by becoming a major local employer in the county and by placing their name on top of the San Diego Padre’s home park.

With the help of Bergelectric, Petco recently opened their brand new, 300,000-s.f. National Support Center—an advanced office facility that includes pet friendly elements like synthetic turf installation, pet watering stations, and topiaries of dogs and cats. The new headquarters will allow the industry giant to consolidate their corporate campuses throughout the San Diego area.

Within an unprecedented eight-month schedule, Bergelectric—in coordination with Whiting-Turner Construction—worked diligently to meet Petco’s ambitious schedule. Value engineering ideas like alternate fixture packages, MC Cable branch alternatives, aluminum feeders in lieu of copper feeders, and switchgear alternatives not only helped to speed up the installation process, but also minimized the overall cost for Petco.

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Due to a well-organized field crew that peaked at 52 electricians during the height of the installation, Bergelectric was able to overcome obstacles that included on-site congestion from other contractors, and spray-on noise insulation in the exposed ceilings that could not be disturbed. The exposed ceilings created another challenge for Berg when it came to the installation of MC Cable. Field crews were tasked with the meticulous placement of all exposed MC Cable in the ceilings in order to maintain the facility’s aesthetic appeal. “This was quite a challenge,” said General Foreman Fernando DaSilva. “We really had to think outside the box to reach our goal without getting behind the schedule.”

Petco’s new “people-and pet-friendly” Support Center was opened in August of 2015 and now brings together 650 Petco employees from across San Diego County.

Size
272,814  Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$5.1 Million

Duration
October 2014 – August 2015

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

Other Team Members
Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Smith Consulting
MPE Consulting Engineers

Berg Regional Office
San Diego

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