These prestigious Awards of Excellence are presented to only a handful of companies each year at the annual IEC National Convention and Expo. This year, APG Service Group Manager Tim White and Technology Project Manager Andy Schaefer attended the convention and Awards Gala in Tampa, where they accepted the prizes on our behalf. The St. Joseph’s Hospital-South project was the winner in the categories of Commercial Projects Over $5 Million and Low Voltage Construction. To be considered for the award, APG submitted an entry package that included multi-page narratives describing the project and its unique features, photographs of the project, letters of endorsement from the owners, architects, and construction managers, and additional supporting materials. The team effort involved in compiling the entry materials was a feat in itself, but our primary congratulations go to the APG crew for their outstanding work in physically bringing this award winning hospital to life.
St. Joseph’s Hospital-South consists of a four-level hospital building, an attached Medical Office Building, and a Central Energy Plant. APG Technology was contracted to provide the low voltage cabling and more for over a dozen different state-of-the-art systems including: Voice, Data, Distributed Antenna, Telemetry, RFID, Mass Notification, Public Address, CATV, CCTV, Access Control, Nurse Call, Code Blue, and all systems backbones. At its peak, APG had more than 130 electricians on site.
One of the more innovative aspects of the St. Joseph’s Hospital-South project was the utilization of the Integrated Project Delivery method of construction, as well as Building Information Modeling (BIM). BayCare Health Systems and Barton Malow Company implemented a team approach and involved the mechanical and electrical subcontractors from the very beginning of the design process. This proved to be a critical element of the project’s success. Subcontractors provided design and budgeting assistance during the preconstruction phase and ultimately saw the construction process through from beginning to end. BIM allowed the building to be virtually built, including all conduits, light fixtures, and cable tray, allowing installers to view a 3D model to understand how to build it.
Letters of endorsement received from the owner, architect and construction manager for award submission were very complimentary. The owner had much to say about the high quality of work that APG performed throughout the entire job, referring to our conduit installation as “artwork, even sculpture.” They were pleased too with our commitment to safety and noted how impressed the state inspectors were with the care and effort put into all aspects of our installation. The construction manager said that our performance on this project “once again far exceeded any expectations a construction manager could hope to realize on a project of this size and complexity”. Passing every AHCA inspection the first time further demonstrated our commitment to exceptional workmanship and to keeping the project on schedule.
APG is truly proud of winning the IEC National Award of Excellence for St. Joseph’s Hospital-South. We see this as a significant achievement not only for ourselves, but for everyone involved in the construction of this beautiful new hospital. The ultimate winners, though, are the people of the South Hillsborough community, who will be using this facility for many years to come.