Loyola University Medical Center
Expansion and Upgrade, MAYWOOD, IL
Healthcare Electrical Construction Services
GIBSON ELECTRIC & TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS VALUE DELIVERED
Safe, reliable electrical power distribution systems services for a world-class, state-of-the-art academic medical center; improved patient care, comfort and outcomes; minimal disruption to daily hospital routines; leading-edge life safety, communications, fire and security systems installations; dependable emergency power supply; expanded healthcare for Chicago's western suburb.
ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION OBJECTIVES
With the help from Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions’ electrical construction and life safety systems installation services to expand its existing facilities and upgrade its cardiovascular heart program.
HEALTHCARE ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS
Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions provided single-source healthcare electrical contracting services for the construction of a new, five-level hospital addition as well as an extensive upgrade of the existing six-level institution, its energy building and utility tunnels. The company's electrical construction services scope of work called for installation of three independent electrical power distribution systems – the main normal 12-kilovolt system, and emergency and life safety systems, each rated at 120/208/277/480 volts. The company also installed the healthcare facility's uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, consisting of two 160-kilovolt ampere and three 300-kilovolt ampere systems. Additional electrical system components included a 2,000-kilowatt generator, nine switchboards, one 5,000-ampere paralleling switchboard, 80 panelboards, 12 transformers and more than 60 motor connections.
In patient care areas, laboratories and other spaces, Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions certified electricians installed nearly 10,000 receptacles, switches, lighting fixtures and other electrical devices, connecting them with more than 100 miles of conduit and 375 miles of wire and cable.
To further enhance patient care, Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions installed the new facility's operating and specialty room surgical lighting booms; medical equipment raceways, duct and vendor low-voltage cabling; and medical gas master and area alarms. The company's technicians also installed the voice/data copper and fiber backbone, as well as the nurse call, public address, intercom, fire alarm and voice evacuation systems.
Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions completed the electrical construction project by installing a variety of other facility systems and devices, including: interior lighting and shade controls, card access and security systems, a CCTV (closed-circuit television) system, WiFi capabilities, electric pipe freeze protection, pneumatic tube power and low-voltage control, parking lot lighting and gate systems, and lightning protection. By project's end, the Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions CCTV installers, commercial electricians, and its subcontractors had spent more than 125,000 man-hours to bring the project to its successful completion.
Other information: The multi-year healthcare electrical construction services project was organized into four phases. The first focused on the hospital's new, six-level, 179,000-square-foot addition. During this phase, Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions delivered power, lighting, HVAC and communications to six floors of patient rooms and nurses' stations, as well as 12 operating rooms, 10 IP/EP catherization labs, and one MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) room, as well as sterile processing rooms, pre- and post operation rooms, and a range of other healthcare facilities. The three subsequent phases focused on the first and second levels of the existing building. This work involved demolition, reconstruction and rewiring of patient care specialty rooms, nurses' stations, operating room control facilities and other areas.
One of Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions’ major challenges on this project was to ensure non-disruptive project delivery. This was seldom easy. For example, as part of its work on the existing building, Gibson had to demolish a number of electrical closets to make space for new patient-care rooms. However, these closets serviced occupied patient rooms that had to have continuous power. This meant demolition activities had to be carefully planned and continuously reviewed. Yet, in spite of obstacles like these, the Gibson team completed its work without interrupting the hospital's daily routines.
In December, 2008, the project won a "Best of 2008" award from Midwest Construction magazine as the best large healthcare electrical construction project in the Midwest.
HEALTHCARE FACILITY BACKGROUND
Loyola University Health System (Loyola) is a nationally recognized leader in providing health care and conducting groundbreaking research to treat heart disease, cancer, organ transplantation and neurological disorders. At the system's core is the Loyola University Medical Center, one of the nation's leading academic medical centers. An 801-licensed-bed institution, it includes the Loyola University Medical Center campus in Maywood and its Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital of Loyola, the Burn/Trauma Center, and the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine.