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Dedicated to Service at Fort Sam Houston

Since 1845, the U.S. Army has played a vital role in military mobilization and medical support at historic Fort Sam Houston, TX. The San Antonio-based installation, which boasts the largest military medical training facility in the world, experienced some major changes stemming from the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program. At the Fort’s San Antonio Military Medical Center- (SAMMC-N) North Campus, BRAC determinations call for consolidating and expanding inpatient services, which included the Army’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, the only Department of Defense Burn Center and care of Wounded Warriors in Transition from the Global War on Terrorism.

Serving as the Integrated Design-Bid-Builder (IDBB)—a project delivery method being utilized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that allows the constructor to interface with the architect-of-record throughout design—is Clark/Hunt, A Joint Venture. Bergelectric was part of the Clark/Hunt team on the $62-million consolidated parking structure, which is centrally located for accessibility to all SAMMC-N medical facilities.

Logistics Leading the Charge

In addition to responsibility for installation of all lighting and power on the six-story structure, Bergelectric crews provided connections to elevators and mechanical equipment, lightning protection and emergency generation. Berg’s in-house Building Information Modeling (BIM) was particularly valuable in laying out the conduit system for the emergency call phones, security cameras, tel/data, fire alarm and an automated time/parking system for the 5,000-vehicle garage.

With concrete pours on this mammoth1.7-million-sf cast-in-place structure often taking place at 4 a.m. and on weekends, coordination was critical to a successful operation.

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Materials Management with Military Precision

Given the tight confines and a project site that provided very limited storage space, it was necessary to call Berg’s materials management capabilities into active duty. The use of Berg-designed “worm carts”, which are stocked in advance with the precise type and amount of materials needed in a specified area, dramatically reduced the labor that would be required using traditional inventorying and delivery methods.

In addition, Berg’s capacity to prefabricate a large percentage of its work—from assembling light fixtures and building racks, to bending large conduit and device pre-wire—further enhanced this electrical subcontractor’s ability to meet materials-delivery commitments and streamline installation.

Size
1.5-Million Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$3.3 Million

Duration
May 2009 – January 2012

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

Other Team Members
Clark/Hunt JV
RTKL Associates, Inc.
Walter P. Moore and Associates

Berg Regional Office
Austin

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