After years of hard work, APG was very excited to see the all new St. Joseph’s Hospital South campus in Riverview, Florida open in February of 2015. We played a major role in its construction as we provided all the electrical, fire alarm, and low voltage systems. Since that time, growth in the area has exploded, and with that growth has come an even greater demand for top-notch healthcare. To meet the needs of its current and future patients, BayCare took the initiative to turn over 26,000 square feet of shell space into 24 state-of-the-art patient care rooms.
APG was brought on very early in the process and had the privilege of working directly with BayCare and Gresham Smith and Partners to design and bring to life many aspects of this project. APG Engineering began work back in 2014 and provided complete mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and technology design services. One of our senior estimators, Jonathan Henley, worked with our team of engineers to find cost-saving solutions to logistical problems and keep the budget on track with regular updates to the Construction Manager, Barton Malow Company.
Unlike a typical shell build-out where most infrastructure is already in place, this project required some challenging additions. When it was first built, the shell space was intended to eventually become a medical office suite, which didn’t require connections to the emergency power generators on site. Once it was decided that the shell area would become a fully-functional hospital wing, several new feeders had to be brought from the existing central energy plant for connection to critical power. The CEP is on the opposite end of the campus, and many new conduits had to be run up to 500 feet through the existing hospital. You can imagine how difficult it was to install thousands of feet of conduit and wire and then connect to the existing emergency power system, all while keeping the building in operation! Fortunately, our previous experience at the site and our existing 3D BIM models made the process go as smoothly as possible. In addition to the electrical work, APG was again responsible for the fire alarm, structured cabling, and security systems, along with other low voltage tasks like telemetry cabling and television installation.
All five of our APG groups worked together to finish this project in budget and ahead of schedule. After teaming up for the original campus construction, we greatly appreciate having been selected by Barton Malow Company to be a part of this expansion. Their continued faith in our ethics and ability to perform are a direct result of the service they received from Project Manager Scott Riedy, Project Superintendent Leivy Avila, and our many talented field technicians. Congratulations to all of you on a job well done.