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Design Build Healthcare in El Paso, TX

The University Medical Center of El Paso project includes the expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center, the development of a comprehensive Cardiovascular Services Program, a new in-patient Surgery Center, a new Chemotherapy and Infusion Center and the conversion of all existing facilities to accommodate 72 private rooms. It also includes construction of a new 146-bed Women’s and Children’s Hospital in a newly constructed 11-story tower. The Women’s Hospital occupies the first five floors of the new tower while the Children’s Hospital occupies the remaining six. The University Medical Center of El Paso is El Paso’s only not-for-profit, community-owned hospital and healthcare system and is a regional referral center for patients in need of specialty care. The Medical Center also serves as a teaching facility for Texas Tech University.

Bergelectric worked diligently with electrical engineers Mozetti + Bath Engineering on this massive design build facility. The team succeeded in providing the community-owned hospital a design that fit the owner’s budget and schedule.

Improving technology in the existing hospital proved to be a complicated task. With a floor-to-ceilign height of 12 feet, the existing building had just enough space to lay the 2-million linear feet of cable needed to upgrade medical equipment, IT and medical records. Our team located most equipment that required more above-ceiling heights ranging from 16 to 18 feet.

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As a public county hospital serving a population with a relatively high uninsured rate, the medical center’s administrators had to be careful not to overrun budgets.  Efficient equipment planning and a minimum of change orders from hospital owners were critical in getting the best prices on equipment, since the project started in a time of hyperinflations of construction costs.

Size
640,000 square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$23.4 Million

Duration
October 2008 – September 2013

Delivery Method
Design-Build

Other Team Members
Robins & Morton Group
Bath Engineering
Kaplan, McLaughlin, Diaz Architects

Berg Regional Office
Austin

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