Medical Center Area G Renovation|
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
246 East Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
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
Architect: HOK - 2800 Post Oak Boulevard., #3700, Houston, TX
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.