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Baker Electric Inc. Industrial | BAKER ELECTRIC INC. www.bakerelectricinc.com • Headquarters: Des Moines, Iowa • Projected 2009 revenues: $70 million • Employees: 400 • Services: Electrical contracting Baker Electric is becoming a leader in the use of BIM on design/build projects. « “We can prefabricate literally anything a customer can think of.” –Don Stockton, VP Prefab Productivity B BAKER ELECTRIC’S PREFABRICATION EXPERTISE KEEPS THE JOB FLOW EFFICIENT. BY BROOKE INFUSINO aker Electric Inc. might enjoy a long reputation in the electrical contracting field, but that doesn’t mean it is content to rest on its laurels. CEO Britt Baker saw the potential for it to grow an even better reputation and presence in central Iowa. Baker Electric continues to provide the standard services and electrical installations – but since Baker’s father, Gene Baker, founded the business, there has always been an impetus to find the next great operational efficiency. The company accomplished this through innovative measures that included developing a prefabrication shop, integrating 3D modeling and partnering with the design team on many projects. Since its inception in 1946, Baker Electric has been focused on service, special projects and the refurbishing and improving of occupied spaces throughout central Iowa. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, the company found its niche in design/build projects for the commercial, industrial and residential sector. Baker also performs traffic light signalization, parking lot lighting, voice and data cabling, underground utility work and preventive maintenance, repair and ongoing service work for its customers. “While the design/build services concept caught on several years ago, Baker Electric had been working from concept to completion nearly since the end of World War II,” the company states. “Gene Baker developed a company that has powered tens of thousands of companies, institutions and homes in the Midwest.” A New Model According to Vice President Don Stockton, about 65 percent of its work is design/build. Its expertise with CAD technologies in the design/build process has helped it to integrate building information modeling (BIM) into its projects. The technology is changing how the company works with architectural and engineering firms to build electrical structures. “The process is driven more by the general contractors out there, and it’s usually a savvy general contractor who brings it to the table,” he notes. “We have the advantage and capabilities to step up on these projects.” Baker Electric is using BIM on three major projects in its current portfolio. It is serving as the electrical contractor for two new office building projects in Des Moines – an $11 million project for Aviva Life Insurance headquarters and a $23 million project for Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield headquarters. Baker is installing the electrical components for the data center, parking structure and emergency back-up genera- CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
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Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010