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»KenMor Electric was the electrical contractor for the 12-story
addition to Alkek Hospital.
KenMor Electric L.P. Alkek Hospital Expansion
www.kenmor.com • Project electrical cost: More than $30 million • Location: Houston • Employees: 95
Institutional | KENMOR ELECTRIC L.P. – ALKEK HOSPITAL EXPANSION
“Our niche is that we are wellknown for doing large, complex projects in a tight timeframe.” –John Quebe, president
ing electrical equipment and for other reasons, electrical power had to be interrupted during the project, which began in March 2009 and was completed in August 2011. “We had in excess of 200 outages without an incident on the job at all,” President John Quebe declares. He notes that four of the shutdowns were “major.” “This was all done from midnight to 6 a.m., and then using generators, you’ve got a restricted amount of time to get it done,” Quebe explains. “It was very intricate. “It required a tremendous amount of preplanning and layout so there were no mistakes,” he emphasizes. “You had to make sure people were there and the quality and all the steps were in line to commit to the hospital: ‘Yes, we can turn it off, and we can assure having the power back on in this time.’”
Equipment from the hospital’s basement was moved to the new 13th floor - which was the first floor of the 12-story addition - and equipment on top of the 12th-floor roof had to be moved to the 24th-floor roof when it was completed. “It was quite a coordination effort,” Quebe emphasizes. “They had to be in full operation and never disrupted.” The hospital’s foundation had been built to withstand the eventual expansion to 24 stories and 500,000 square feet. The building’s exterior is glass-fiber-reinforced concrete so the foundation can support the additional floors’ weight. This is a typical expansion technique for hospitals, Quebe maintains. KenMor worked on the expansion of another hospital from two to six stories. “It had these steel columns that poked through the roof and were capped off,” Executive Vice President Joe Martin recalls. “When time came to expand, they just popped the caps and started the steel.” For the Alkek
Up, Up and Away
lthough the use of medical technology has been experiencing recent surges, the electricity used to power it cannot. The goal is to keep the electrical current for complex installations in hospitals smooth and steady.
KEEPING A CANCER CENTER OPERATIONAL WHILE IT WAS DOUBLED IN HEIGHT WAS THE CHALLENGE FOR KENMOR. BY RUSS GAGER
Ensuring that power is maintained throughout the original 12-story building of the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Alkek Hospital while 12 floors were added to it was the job of KenMor Electric Co. LP, which also updated existing areas of the hospital. To tie into exist-
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