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BayCare Health Systems, St. Joseph’s Hospital Central Energy Plant

Gilbane coordinated over 200 power shutdowns within a hospital campus with zero disruptions to critical life support technology.

zero disruptions to critical life support technology

Gilbane Building Company served as construction manager at risk on a highly intricate central energy plant for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.  The project required a complete upgrade to the electrical distribution system for the 2.4 million SF 1000-bed hospital.  The project started with two new separate electrical feeds from the public utility company and ended with the tie-in of the new distribution system to 12 existing fully operation buildings on the campus. The project team installed over 20 miles of underground conduit in order to tie the new plant back to the existing hospital.  Excavations to a depth of 15 feet required the installation of 11 layers of new medium voltage and cabling during a heavy tropical rain season.

Gilbane expertly handled the relocation of the existing heliport, managed the construction and coordination of six, two-megawatt generators along with associated switchgear, automatic transfer switches, fuel oil piping and tanks, complete SCADA communication system and total integration and upgrades of the Johnson Control automation system building.

Constant communication was the key factor in initializing various phases of underground connections to safeguard patients, doctors, administration, faculty and emergency traffic flow against any disruption. The MEP Engineer for this project was Carastro & Associates, Inc.


The Gilbane team utilized BIM to coordinate and model the twenty miles of conduits to ensure proper spacing and eliminate potential structural, utility, and foundation system conflicts.  The team was able to determine the exact location of the slab penetration connections through ground penetrating radar to navigate throughout the hospital campus safety and allow proper installation with no interruption.  The BIM model allowed proper lean prefabrication of several components of the electrical duct bank which increased the ease and efficiency of the installation which resulted in cost and schedule savings to the owner.