This hospital facility replacement project is a three-phase, seven-year effort, making it the largest healthcare investment in the history of Alameda County. The first phase included a Design/Assist, new construction 78,000 square-foot, three-story OSHPD medical office building with a three-level below-grade parking garage featuring 176-space parking and connectors to the hospital. The second phase included a 280,000 square-foot, nine-story Acute Care Tower that is expected to be complete in 2015. This 169-bed acute tower was built above a below-grade central utility plant and includes intensive care, medical/surgical beds, and labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, and miscellaneous diagnostic, treatment, and support functions.
The multi-phase construction plan includes reconfiguration, relocation of existing major campus utilities, re-feeding of mechanical equipment to facilitate demolition and new construction and to ensure the hospital is able to offer continuous service to the community. The project was designed with an emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency, and is on track to attain LEED® Silver certification.
Cupertino Electric’s scope of the project included installation of cabling for all of the fire alarm, voice/data, nurse call and infant-tracking systems. The low voltage scope of work includes an infant-tagging system utilizing 35 to 40 antennas. The distributed antenna system (DAS) system installed by Cupertino’s low voltage team serves as the hub of cabling on each floor, controlling all voice and data throughout. Located on every floor, each of the IDF (Intermediate Distribution Frame) rooms connect into the DAS to transmit a signal frequency used by local firefighters and county law enforcement to ensure cell phone and radio service in patient rooms and stairwells.