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New Hospital Offers Healthy Boost to El Paso

Approaching the Rio Grande River from the south, sixteenth-century Spaniards sighted two mountain ranges rising out of the desert with a deep chasm between.  They dubbed the site El Paso del Norte—planting the seeds for the City of El Paso, Texas.  Adjoining both New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, El Paso has developed into a colorful city with a distinctive blend of ethnic, border-town, military, Texan and southwestern elements.  Combined with Ciudad Juarez, the metropolitan area forms the largest population center on any international border in the world.

Tenet Healthcare Responds to Expanding Needs with $130-Million Facility

According to Forbes.com, since 1990 El Paso’s eastside community has grown by more than forty percent.  Tenet Healthcare Corporation and the company’s Sierra Providence Health Network have responded to this burgeoning area’s needs by building Sierra Providence Eastside Hospital—which is the fourth hospital in Tenet’s Sierra Providence Health Network.

The $130-million hospital, designed by Sterling Barnett Little, broke ground in May of 2006.  The main hospital opened in early 2008 with 259 beds.  Located within a planned 42-acre medical complex, the facility allows for growth and expansion of a variety of medical services.

In addition to providing vital medical services, the facilities generated between 750 and 1,000 new jobs in the El Paso area.

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Robins & Morton and Berg Work Intensively to Align Budget

General contractor Robins & Morton of Birmingham, Alabama, worked to bring the project to fruition with help from Bergelectric.  “Drawing on decades-long experience with major healthcare facilities nationwide, Berg experts offered up numerous viable value-engineering alternatives,” said Berg’s Project Manager.  Along with electrical engineer Dale W. Caffey Consulting Engineers, the team worked intensively for four months to meet budgetary requirements for this important medical facility.

Led by General Foremen Mike Morgan and Luis Perez, Berg field crews installed a whopping number of light fixtures—more than 5,000—along with extensive underground duct banks for a central energy plant and two 800-KW generators with paralleling gear—in just 22 months.

Size
274,015  Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$12.6 Million

Duration
June 2006 – January 2009

Delivery Method
Design Assist

Other Team Members
Robins & Morton Group
Sterling Barnett Little, Inc.
Dale W. Caffey Consulting Engineers

Berg Regional Office
Austin

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