St. Louis College of Pharmacy Phase I
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Client: Paric Corporation
Size: $6.5 Million
The new St. Louis College of Pharmacy (COP) Phase I project was a showcase in Design-Build, turnkey, electrical engineering, electrical demolition, electrical construction and systems installation. Located on the BJC Healthcare and Washington University School of Medicine campus, the new Phase I COP required demolition of the existing COP Student Center, including relocating the existing fiber network prior to new construction, thereby allowing tie-in to the new structure. In the summer of 2015, the new 7-story building opened, changing the face of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The facility contains 213,000 square feet of floor space, which includes a large auditorium, several large classrooms, smaller classrooms, study areas, and 30,000 square feet of research space. The library more than tripled in size, and there is also a welcome center for prospective students and their families.
As is the case with most higher education projects, the COP project had a fast-tracked, 12 month construction schedule. With communication, coordination and scheduling being of paramount importance on this project, GECO Engineering was named Electrical EOR and developed 3D BIM models to determine potential collisions, reduce jobsite clutter and improved safety. As such GECO Engineering and Pre-Construction developed a plan with the owner, general contractor and other trades to pre-fabricate as much as possible. This included pre-fabricating all stub-ups as well as doing all large conduit pipe bends in our pre-fabrication shop and delivering to the jobsite when needed.
For its part, GECO provided all electrical construction; including full 4000amp service, distribution transformer and a 600KW emergency backup generator, while also tying in the existing garage to the emergency.
In addition to fiber relocation prior to construction, Guarantee installed a fully networked campus for connectivity to Voice-Data, CCTV, Card-Access, A/V, Fire Alarm, Wireless Access points, an Emergency Fire Command Center, Motorized Shade Controls and Lighting Controls.
The new campus was also designed to achieve LEED Gold status, which is still pending. The new Phase I building derives 95% of lighting source from LED, thereby allowing the owner to take part in the Ameren UE incentives Program.