In February of 2020, APG was awarded the St. Anthony’s Hospital 90 Bed Patient Tower Expansion project in order to meet the demands of Pinellas County’s growing population. Since then, APG has constructed a new Central Energy Plant (CEP), a new tower to house 90 private patient beds, an expanded inpatient dialysis area, additional education classrooms, and the relocation of the existing cafeteria and kitchen to the first floor to provide easier access for patients.
The construction of the CEP included creating a new medium voltage electrical system, which Project Superintendent Ricky Thomas oversaw. Ricky and his team were challenged to install 16,000 ft. of medium voltage cabling between a new substation, transformers, and electrical switchgear lineup.
The APG Team had to overcome many obstacles during the project construction phase, including strict COVID-19 guidelines. Safety Director Sean Hendry and Safety Compliance Officer Dale Rive also played a huge part in the project, providing help with safety planning and various health protocols required by the hospital during the global pandemic.
Other hardships came with coordinating and working through extensive shutdowns and changeovers after hours to ensure minimum disruption during the facility’s operations.
The shutdowns were part of the most difficult process that we had to go through. We had to coordinate with the team to make sure everyone was aware of when they were occurring and the power deficiencies that came with it.
Project Superintendent Ricky Thomas
The two-year St. Anthony’s project showcased the collaborative effort made by all groups of the APG team and their commitment to “Do It Right.” We are incredibly proud of the work that Project Foremen Seth Keck, Quentin Clark, and Cody Kiesewetter have done to help complete the St. Anthony’s expansion.
Thank you to everyone involved for your hard work on completing this project. All of us at APG were honored to earn this contract, and we greatly appreciate working with Robins & Morton and BayCare.