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The NECA/IBEW Powering America team is involved with many projects that make an impact on communities around the country. One industry they focus on in particular is healthcare. In just a few short months, a new facility, the Banner University Medical Center, is opening in Tucson, Arizona. When this project is completed, the hospital will be state of the art, delivering the latest healthcare to people in the surrounding area.

The NECA/IBEW Powering America team is involved in forward-thinking approaches to the construction process, which will help bring the project to reality. The construction team is able to work with computerized workstations, essentially digitizing the ‘paper’ across the job site from plans, prints and schematics to change orders and punch lists. In the end, it boils down to getting the installation done right, the first time – eliminating conflicts and potential rework.

Not only will this facility help the Tucson area, but it will also help the city in terms of new jobs and education of up and coming nurses and doctors.

The Banner University Medical Tower is an ‘integrated project delivery’ or IPD. The owners, architects, engineers, and construction team determine costs, design planning and scheduling, and then turn the plans over to the building information modeling team.

Wayne Dorris, Regional Vice President, NECA/IBEW Contractor, Sturgeon Electric, said, “Our construction team has the model actually in their hands through the computerized work stations we implemented on the team. We drive that technology into their hands via multiple platforms on the software site. They’re walking around with the model in their hands, checking their installations as they go to eliminate conflict and potential rework after the fact.”

Central to the ultimate success of the project is the stakeholders that are involved from the beginning. They remain active throughout by staying onsite, monitoring progress, resolving issues, and streamlining the construction effort. The end result is building relationships and building trust.

Once the Banner Health University Medical Center opens its door, it will do so with the confidence that it has the electrical communications systems that will not only support its mission today, but in the future as well.

Dorris said, “In terms of the technology changing, the biggest concern in most hospitals is the operating rooms in the modality rooms. Where the physicians in the hospital are always looking for the latest and greatest technology, so those are procured late in the design process.”

The NECA/IBEW Powering-America team is behind countless projects large and small from coast to coast. But there’s just something a little extra when those projects directly affect the well being of an entire community.

Dorris said, “It’s one of the main reason we do what we do. Is to turn these types of projects over to a community that will serve it for decades to come. Not only is the use of the facility going to help the Tucson area, it’s going to help them in terms of jobs, education of up and coming nurses and doctors of the future.”

Scott Toot, NECA/IBEW Foreman, President, IBEW Local 570, said, “Every job we build, we build to the best of our capacity. This is a life care facility. It affects every person in the community, so for us to have that project, it’s just a great opportunity.”