Cochran partnered with the owner, the hospital and the
facilities manager to do an upfront investigation to ensure that,
when workers were going in to rebuild the space, they would
be working off of the correct systems.
“We went in and physically verified it on nights and weekends, during off-hours when the staff and patients were not
there using 3-by-4-foot containment carts—ones that are
designed for infection protection in the hospital,” Velasco said.
Cochran worked within strict contamination-control procedures and noise restrictions.
“We were opening a grid ceiling with exposed contaminants
that could pose a risk to patients,” he said. “We took photos,
documented it and then got that information back to the engineers and the architects to make any needed design changes
before we started construction.”
Nelson Electric Inc.
Across Lake Washington, the Bellevue Collection, home of Bel-
levue Square mall, is being enlarged by the construction of the
Lincoln Square Expansion. Connected by skybridge and car
tunnel to the original Lincoln Square, it is a mixed-use com-
plex with three floors of retail and restaurants above grade,
six floors of below-grade parking, and two independent side-
by-side high-rises—one a 32-story office tower and the other a
42-story luxury residential tower housing the W Hotel.
Nelson Electric Inc. of Seattle worked under general
contractor GLY Construction. Due to its size and scope, the
1.5-million-square-foot project—710,000 square feet of office
space and 180,000-plus square feet of retail, dining and entertainment—was broken into five phases run by five project managers.
Nelson Electric’s Allan Busch was the senior project manager, overseeing a crew of 175 electricians and low-voltage
technicians. The three-year project had phased occupancies
for the parking structure, retail podium, office tower and hotel/
residential tower. Nelson Electric performed all scopes of the
electrical, low-voltage and life safety systems work, including
fire alarm, security, distributed antenna systems, audiovisual
and communications cabling. A fiber optic backbone connects
the property to a command center located at a separate location
within the Bellevue Collection.
“The biggest challenge was the intensity of the schedule and
blending all the new retail tenants and office tenants into the
project,” said Marv Nelson, CEO, president and owner, Nelson
Electric. “We were interfacing 26 retail tenants and 38 floors
of office tenants into the building shell and core.”
The Lincoln Square Expansion is a 1.5-million-square-foot mixed-use project in Bellevue, Wa.
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