Gibson Electric provided the electrical construction services during the final stages of Palos Hospital’s full-scale renovation. Throughout the project, Gibson utilized a unique, integrated approach and lean construction tools to help maximize value for Palos.
The hospital was occupied during construction, requiring constant consideration of patient needs and frequent communication among project team members, hospital staff, and patients.
The project team went through an extensive planning phase to mitigate this challenge and help maximize efficiency during the construction process. During the planning phase, design and coordination were completed simultaneously, shaving four months off the project schedule which represented a 10-percent reduction in overall project length.
In order to better serve their community, Palos Hospital wanted a full upgrade to their eight-story surgery and bed pavilion, including 192 intensive care unit (ICU), medical, and surgical beds. The project involved relocating the hospital’s pharmacy, laboratory, central sterile supply, and mechanical shops, as well as the consolidation of all invasive pre- and post-procedure areas in the new Center for Short Stay Care.
The Gibson team installed new electrical power distribution, structured cabling, nurse call, fire alarm, and security systems for the Palos Hospital renovation.
The project was one of the first in the region to utilize a fully color-coded raceway system for more efficient electrical-system maintenance. Gibson coordinated and installed ten different types of colored conduit, each assigned to a different system or power source.
Palos Hospital is part of the Palos Health network, which has been providing inpatient and outpatient care to the residents of Chicago’s southwest suburbs for over 40 years.