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. 

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.