Outlier Coffee - Phoenix, Arizona

The Outlier Coffee project entailed transforming a 4,482 square foot empty unit into a coffee shop. This tenant improvement required mechanical plumbing and electrical upgrades to support the needs of the new tenants. Champion had the opportunity to bid this project because of our existing relationship with Jokake Construction and our Las Encinas Psychiatric Hospital project we are currently working on in Pasadena. We have completed many tenant improvements throughout the years but this is our first of many in Arizona. We are grateful for the opportunity to show Arizona a sip of our work.

This project required new lighting, power and AC units that were tied into existing electrical panels. The existing panels we used to feed the new lighting and power were located on the other side of a finished stairwell and 2 finished restrooms. In order to eliminate the need to cut open the existing finished ceiling, Foreman Carlos Bencomo and Journeyman Ivan Valdez were able to investigating the existing electrical conduit system and find other pathway options. This saved time and saved the owner on repair costs.

Carlos and Ivan did a great job on this project. They were able to identify problems and get ahead of them to keep the project on track. A challenge they encountered halfway through the project was COVID-19 and the owner stopping the project for 2 months. Once it was safe and our team thoroughly increased their PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) they were back on site, completing the project.

Service Manager Evan Banda and President Tom Rowden provided additional support to and from our home office in California and kept the Project Manager well-informed of the project status through their numerous project visits.

We are proud of our team and the results of this project. Great job to everyone involved! Thank you to Will Larza with CED Phoenix who provided the lighting for the project.

GC/CM: Jokake Construction
Estimator: Tom Rowden; Project Manager: Kevin Shearer; Foreman: Carlos Bencomo; Crew Size: 2
3rd Quarter 2020 #FeaturedProject Article

Phoenix Services

Phoenix Services is a commercial metals company that runs an Electric Arc Furnace steel mill in Rancho Cucamonga. Champion Electric's Account Manager, Gene Barnhurst, design/built their entire electrical system over the course of many years. Tony from Phoenix Services was kind enough to take us on a tour of the work we have completed. Take a look!
2nd Quarter 2020 #FeaturedProject Article


Bixby Elementary School

Bixby Elementary is an existing and active school requiring a complete modernization including all new electrical service and distribution as well as new lighting, HVAC, fire alarm, security, clock and PA.

This is our second school with the same Balfour Beatty team as our Lowell Elementary School project we finished in 2019. The project is being completed in phases and students are occupying the campus as work is being completed. We have kept the school operational by installing temporary power and lighting.

The biggest challenge we face on this project is installing new electrical equipment and wiring alongside existing and fully functioning electrical components that need to stay in place and remain operational throughout the project. The blending of old and new work can be challenging but our Foreman, Rick Glancy, and his crew have been doing a great job.

The job is in its third phase and is progressing nicely. We have completed the more challenging aspects of the project already. Rick and his crew have been meeting all deadlines and continue to meet or exceed all expectations we have for them.

Underground/Boring provided by Cal Empire Engineering, Digital Networks Group, and JAM Corporation
Owner: Long Beach Unified School District
GC/CM: Balfour Beatty
Estimator: Mike McMullen; Project Manager: Troy Reeves; Foreman: Rick Glancy; Crew Size: 4

 4th Quarter 2019 #FeaturedProject Article


The Grove Hub Cafe Remodel

The Grove Community Church, Hub Cafe remodel is located in Riverside, CA.  This project includes the demo and expansion of the existing barista bar by enclosing an outdoor patio.  New additional HVAC units, a branch panel board and new lighting and controls will be installed.  This project is on the same grounds as a previous #FeaturedProject, The Grove Village.

On the first day of this project, 7 conduit banks were found in a wall that was scheduled to be removed.  The conduits came from underground and fed the existing HVAC equipment on the roof.  In order to reroute the conduits, the slab needed to be cut and power needed to be shut down.  This process took 2 days to complete.

Keeping the roof intact and avoiding a roof penetration is always a better option for the owner.  Our Foreman, Sean Ederer, spent extra time on this project investigating pathways to make that happen.  He was able to rough the feeders for the new HVAC equipment through an existing exterior soffit, saving the owners from additional roof repairs.  Nice work Sean!

Ensuring we meet our client's budget and timeline is very important to us.  A 10-week schedule presents a unique challenge.  Our light fixtures have a 6-8 week lead time so it is crucial that we hit our timelines perfectly to meet the owner's schedule.  Another unique feature on this project is that the church campus is remaining active throughout the duration of the project.  We have to ensure all electrical passing through the construction area remains intact to keep the other parts of the campus up and running.
2nd Quarter 2019 #FeaturedProject Article

Remodel Completion

We featured The Grove Community Church, Hub Cafe remodel, located in Riverside, CA in our last newsletter and we are pleased to announce this project is now complete.  The Hub Cafe now has an expanded barista and eating area with some very creative lighting features.

One challenge we overcame with the completion of this project was some recessed lighting was shown to be replaced in a stucco ceiling.  In order to save the General Contractor from having to patch around new fixtures and push the schedule, we were able to assess the situation and get a different fixture ordered and delivered within a few days to stay on schedule.

Another challenge came with a new flat grill that was not originally in the design.  We assisted the owner with sourcing power for the new flat grill.  After our Field Superintendent, Anthony Pagdilao met with the General Contractor, Tilden-Coil and The Grove, we came up with a plan, had the conduit ran and wire pulled within 2 days.  Once the equipment was delivered, we made the final connection.

With all our projects, the budget and schedule are our top priorities.  This project was no different and it came with a tight schedule. When the owner requested special light bulbs at the last minute, we sourced and had them onsite within 5 days.  Finishes were installed a little later than originally scheduled by other subcontractors, and our crew stepped up and worked some late nights and Saturdays to assure we met the deadline.

Great job to all who were involved in the successful completion of this project!  Job well done!

3rd Quarter 2019 #FeaturedProject Article - Lighting and gear is provided by CED.

Owner: The Grove Community Church; GC/CM: Tilden-Coil Constructors
Estimator: Patrick Howard; Project Manager: Kevin Shearer; Foreman: Sean Ederer; Crew Size: 2-6


Las Encinas Hospital

The Las Encinas Hospital project is an Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (California Health and Human Services Agency - OSHPD) project which means the project has extensive construction requirements.  It is being constructed from the ground-up and is a 2-story mental health facility on an existing medical campus in Pasadena.  This project includes a new utility connection and backup generator with 6 automatic transfer switches.

Having the main electrical panels above the 2 floors in a penthouse has made this a very unique project.   All of the power enters the building on the first floor, then is routed up to the penthouse where the main distribution panels can be found.  The power is then sent back down to feed all of the branch panelboards throughout the building on the first and second floor. 
Foreman Garrett French, his Leadmen Anthony Centanni and Jacob Enos, as well as the rest of the crew have been able to install approximately 80,000 feet of conduit in the building.

A challenge we encountered while reviewing the CAD drawings was our equipment was going to be too tall to fit under the structural steel within the electrical room.  The City of Pasadena capped the building at a specific height, so we were unable to adjust the height of the ceiling.  Champion had to completely change the layout of all electrical rooms found in the penthouse prior to installation. This could have been an expensive disaster if we had found this out during installation and not on the CAD drawings. 

1st Quarter 2019 #FeaturedProject - This project started in 2017 and will continue throughout 2019. 

Owner: Signature Healthcare; GC/CM: Jokake Construction Services, Inc.  Estimator: Randy Robison; Project Manager: Kevin Shearer; CAD Designer: Wayne Ridder; Foreman: Garrett French; Crew Size: 10-18


UCR School of Medicine - Final Stage

Thank you for following our #FeaturedProject, UCR School of Medicine - 1st Floor Remodel.  We are finishing up this project, with just a few punchlist items left.  For the conclusion of this #FeaturedProject, we've created this tour of the finished product and results of the challenges we overcame by the project Foreman, Rick Glancy.

Additional credit to the crew, management team, and office staff that made this project successful!


Mid Project Update

We are checking in on last quarter's #FeaturedProject, electrical, fire, data, and security of the entire first floor of the School of Medicine Research Building at University California, Riverside.  Foreman Rick Glancy and his crew, continue to work hard to finish this project by Fall of this year.

Working on the first floor of a building that has stayed operational continues to challenge our team.  We have had to pause concrete drilling after 9am due to classes being held on the second floor.  Accessing any existing panels or equipment has required 48 hour notice to UCR Facilities to keep the building operational.  If that wasn't enough, our heavy summer workload and manpower shortages forced Foreman Rick to utilize a smaller crew, more efficiently in order to keep up with the schedule.

One of the biggest challenges was installing our conduit in layers during the "rough" phase of the project.  In some circumstances, our conduit was buried by 4 layers of ducting and mechanical piping.  Once the other trades were complete, we had to go back in the same area and rough in our lighting under all of the other systems.

BIM - Building Information Modeling

The BIM aspect of the project has brought on some new challenges as we have moved further along in the construction process.  Some of the existing equipment was not in the BIM model which required Rick and his crew to make immediate field adjustments to keep the project moving forward.  In some instances, new equipment being installed in the field was not shown on the BIM model.  This required some re-work to ensure the proper access was given to the equipment.  However, for the most part, BIM allowed us to install conduit and cable trays quicker and more efficiently than a standard project.

Project Manager Troy Reeves, Foreman Rick Glancy and crew have overcome every challenge they have faced on this unique project.  Even with so many challenges, we have still been able to stay on schedule and push for a successful completion.  Keep up the excellent work!


Project Start

This quarter's #FeaturedProject is local to Riverside and is our second project working with Kitchell.  We are completing the electrical, fire, data, and security of the entire first floor of the School of Medicine Research Building at University California, Riverside.  Mike McMullen Estimated the project and handed it over to our Project Manager, Troy Reeves.  Together with Foreman Rick Glancy and his 3 man crew, they are working hard to finish this project before Fall of this year.

One of the biggest challenges with this project is that this is an existing building, with existing utilities that has had to stay operational and in place throughout the construction process. This requires a lot of planning to route all of the new utilities around the existing.  BIM (Building Information Modeling) is being utilized for 100% of the conduit. With BIM, all aspects of the project are drawn on the computer from all trades. These are then combined into a 3D model to confirm there will be no issues when it comes time to install the components in the field.  Project Manager Troy, Foreman Rick along with his crew can't wait to share the results of this finished project. 

Our Accounting Staff was granted a tour of this project after our Accounting Manager, Leah Timme, attended the ABC National Craft Championships in Long Beach.  She felt it was important for her team to see everything that goes into a project in person.  This has given our Accounting Team a new perspective on the paperwork they process.