Central Electric: HealthSouth San Antonio Rehabilitation Institute

Central Electric received the 2015 IEC Excellence in Construction - Commercial (contracts up to $500,000) Award for its work in performing generator and service upgrades in 19 hours to the HealthSouth San Antonio Rehabilitation Institute. This project was very complex because it required the hospital to remain fully operational throughout the entire upgrade.

Central.jpgThe HealthSouth San Antonio Rehabilitation Institute is a hospital whose 24-hour uptime is relied on by families, doctors, nurses, and patients. The retrofit of a 2,000-amp ATS and 1,000kw Emergency Standby Generator System, increasing the hospital’s capacity by 66 percent, needed to be done without interfering with hospital employees or patients and losing power to the facility within 24 hours. To accomplish this, crews were isolated in certain sections of the hospital, maneuvering with medical staff and working in the dark so they would not disturb the patients, nurses, or doctors.

This project was set to be a 24 hour cutover, but the amount of hours spent preparing for the project far exceeded that. To accomplish this project in a safe and efficient manner, Central Electric spent over 400 hours planning – 100 hours preparatory – for a total of 981 man hours. This also included 56 total man hours specific to safety.

OCentral_HealthSouth.gifne of the major reasons this project was able to be completed in 19 hours is the prefabrication that went into the project. In-house coordination allowed to Central Electric to provide precut conduit lengths and cabling as well as the layout of gear and raceways prior to onsite installation. Thanks to all of their preparatory work, the switchboard that was delivered with the wrong configuration and needed to be modified and filled onsite was a non-issue.

HealthSouth San Antonio Rehabilitation Institute is a critical player in many lives. With this powerful enhancement, new equipment that before could not be sustained with previous wiring is now more capable than ever. This translates to better care, quicker recovery, and a healthier community.