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  VA Medical Center Area G RenovationVA Medical Center Area G Renovation

General Contractor & Cost Estimator

Kevcon, Inc.
246 East Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92025

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: May 2011
Construction Period: May 2012 to Dec 2013
Total Square Feet: 12,000 Site: N/A
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Third floor, 12,000; total, 12,000 square feet.
Building Height: Third floor, 9’; total, 9’.
Basic Construction Type: Interior renovation.
Foundation: N/A Exterior Walls: N/A Roof: N/A Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, lead lined drywall.

Project Team

Architect: HOK - 2800 Post Oak Boulevard., #3700, Houston, TX 77056
Structural Engineer: Rogers Moore Engineering, LLC - 2603 Augusta Drive, #800, Houston, TX 77057
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. - 3700 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., S.,#200, Houston, TX 77042

The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center has gone through a variety of changes since its inception as a 500-bed naval hospital in 1944. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) felt that it was time to update the medical center's acclaimed Gastrointestinal (GI) Department, which is located on the third floor of a six-story building that serves as one of the centerpieces of a 118-acre campus in the heart of Houston, Texas. The VA turned to Kevcon, Inc. for the $2.5 million tenant improvement project, recognizing that Kevcon Inc. would be able to use its extensive expertise in the tenant improvement field to tackle the logistical challenges of the undertaking and completing the entire renovation in a fully occupied VA hospital.

The ultimate goal of the project was to consolidate the various separate components of the GI department into one fully functional and inviting 12,000-square-foot space. The GI department's important resources were located in non-adjacent spaces and were in dire need of updating. A remodel of the existing floor plan was comprised of three distinct phases of work, which began in early April of 2012. The first phase of the project involved the demolition of the core area being renovated and concentrated on remodeling the space for the department's Bronchoscopy, GI examination and surgery rooms, patient and family waiting areas and patient recovery spaces. The second phase of work shifted the focus onto completing new offices and the final phase focused on turning the vacated former offices into additional functional space in the main area of the department. The adherence to the phasing plan was key in making all of this possible while keeping hospital interruptions to a minimum.

Overall, the scope of work contracted by Kevcon involved general construction, demolition, alterations, mechanical, plumbing and electrical work, metal fabrication, laboratory equipment installation, utility systems, flooring, radiation protection, fire suppression and electronic safety and security, among other renovation-related items. Since it was a tenant improvement project, the bulk of the work involved either demolishing the old walls and floors for replacement or using existing work to complete the floor plans as designed. Not that it is completed, the GI department is using a fully functional, state-of-the art facility, but it is also a warm and inviting place for patients, families and visitors. Carpeting, rich wood finishes, custom millwork and a home-style color palette were used to create a hospitable environment that was much different than the existing and standard for the building's, more institutionalized setting. Kevcon has worked with architecture firm Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, LP, and an array of specialty subcontractors to achieve the VA's vision and bring the project to fruition.

For Kevcon, the primary goal was to complete the job on time and within budget while considering and catering to the VA's number one priority: patient care. By assessing the needs of everyone involved in the project, was able to devise a plan that will make the challenging renovation a feasible endeavor and resulted in a new department that upholds the renowned medical center's enduring reputation for providing outstanding medical care to America's deserving veterans.

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Flooring: Lonseal
Lighting: Philips

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