Building on Scripps La Jolla Campus
Building on their 92-year legacy of providing the medical care of the future, Scripps is in the middle of a 25-year masterplan to redevelop their Memorial Hospital, La Jolla campus. The first significant milestone in the redevelopment effort was the opening of Prebys Cardiovascular Institute—a 383,000-s.f. cardiovascular hospital completed (with the help of Bergelectric) in 2015. In April, another major milestone was achieved with the completion of the Scripps Clinic John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion—a six-story ambulatory care facility that will house a variety of specialty services including cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, neurology, nephrology, and endocrinology.
In a design-build role with McCarthy Building Co. and Sparling Engineers, Bergelectric completed this state-of-the-art medical office building within a two-year/fast-tracked construction schedule despite encountering a few challenges along the way. As an example, medical equipment manufacturers changed, creating design shifts during construction. “This is where Berg’s vast experience with Scripps and large healthcare facilities really comes into play,” said Bergelectric’s Project Manager Randy Drinkward. “Our BIM Department has worked with many healthcare equipment manufacturers over the years, they understand Scripps’ needs, and they are able to adapt the design and coordination to meet their needs,” he added.
Because the construction site existed on an occupied/functional medical campus, space was limited. Bergelectric utilized supplier warehousing and “just in time” deliveries for large equipment and bulk materials including light fixtures, switchgear, generators, and automatic transfer switches (ATS). Testing of the switchgear was performed off-site as well to help free up space and expedite the installation process. Furthermore, Bergelectric used material management carts (aka. Shark Cages)—mobile carts stocked with all the necessary equipment—for installation at specific sections of the facility by Bergelectric vendors.
In addition to limited space and equipment changes, the medical campus required an electrical shut down in order for the local utility service (SDG&E) to adjust their backbone infrastructure to accommodate the new medical pavilion. The duration of the shutdown was originally estimated to last eight to 10 hours, however, power for the adjacent Scripps XiMED building could only last a maximum of one hour due to cooling units that could not be compromised. Bergelectric Superintendent Randy Perkins worked closely with Scripps facilities management to identify absolute loads to be maintained during this process. Together with Scripps, Randy was able to determine the means and methods necessary to temporarily feed the existing XiMED building’s main switchgear with a generator. Redundancy was built into the plan to ensure the XiMED building wouldn’t be adversely affected by the shutdown. “All the preplanning really paid off,” said Randy Perkins. “The Berg Hot Work Team executed the plan perfectly. The shutdown went without a hitch while SDG&E updated their system and the Ximed building maintained power.”
Bergelectric’s field crew peaked at 35 electrical journeymen/apprentice electricians and five foremen. Additionally, Bergelectric’s National Technology Systems Division provided 10 technicians on-site during peak installation—installing fire alarm, tel-data, access control, CCTV, nurse call, and DAS. Bergelectric was able to provide the necessary manpower needed to complete the medical office building within Scripps’ condensed schedule.
The new Scripps Clinic John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion is now open and connected by pedestrian bridges to Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. It is a momentous achievement for the Scripps La Jolla Hospital Campus redevelopment plan.
175,000 Square Feet
Electrical Construction Cost
May 2013 -June 2016
Other Team Members
McCarthy Building Co.
Talor Architects, Inc.
Berg Regional Office
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