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Banner Estrella Medical Center Expansion and Renovations

Developer: Banner Health
General contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Architect: SmithGroup JJR
Location: 9201 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
Size: 279KSF
Value: $161M
Start/Completion: August 2012 to April 2015; Tower addition completedin March 2014
Subcontractors: University Mechanical, Wilson Electric, E&K of Phoenix, KT Fabrication, Able Steel

Expansion of the Banner Estrella Medical Center includes a second six-story, 279KSF patient tower, which adds 178 new patient beds to the campus. Within the new patient tower, the lower level through fourth floor will be completely built out, and the fifth and sixth floors will be shelled for future build-out as a patient division allowing the entire facility to ultimately offer the community a total of more than 400 patient beds. As nearly 100,000 patients passed through the Banner Estrella emergency room last year, the hospital was in dire need of a capacity increase. The new tower will contain additional obstetrical suites, additional neonatal intensive care unit capacity, new cardiac catheterization lab, additional medical imaging capabilities and added surgical suites. Approximately 97KSF of renovation is also planned within the existing facility now that the patient tower is occupied. Crews are remodeling the hospital’s existing emergency department, pharmacy, lab, materials management and culinary area. To accommodate the new patient tower, Banner also expanded the central plant. The project also included the construction of two additional parking structures, accommodating approximately 800 spaces for visitor and staff use. The nearly 300KSF project is expected to generate hundreds of construction jobs over three years.


Wilson Electric Solar Energy Projects to Save Phoenix School More Than $1.5M

Washington Elementary School District completed a 961 kW solar energy project for Sunnyslope Elementary School and Mountain View Elementary School (above photo) in North Phoenix.

In the first year of operation, the school district will save more than $28,000 in operational expenses, which is expected to grow to $1.5M over the next 20 years.

Wilson Electric Services Corporation designed and installed the systems with special consideration for the needs of the facility, ensuring the roof-mounted systems were ballasted and non-penetrating.

Solar support structures were built across the playgrounds and parking lots, which provided invaluable shading for the students’ most frequently used areas. Mountain View Elementary’s system includes 1,897 modules. The 550-kW system is meeting 61% of the school’s electricity needs. Sunnyslope Elementary’s 1,425 modules generate 82% of the school’s electricity needs from a 411-kW system.

The largest elementary school district in Arizona has a strong reputation for its Energy Conservation program; however, the upfront cost of solar has been prohibitive. Tioga Energy provided the solution: through its SurePath Solar power purchase agreement, Tioga owns and maintains the systems, selling the solar-generated electricity back to the school at rates below the utility.

Using the PPA from Tioga, the schools also benefit from the solar tax incentives which public entities are not eligible for alone. As the system owner, Tioga passes the incentives onto the schools.

Additionally, Wilson Electric and Tioga sponsored the district’s enrollment in the National Energy Education Development program. Teachers were trained in solar education curriculum development to incorporate into their classrooms.

“Overall, Tioga and Wilson Electric earned an A+ from our team,” said Sue Pierce, Director of Facility Planning and Energy for the Washington Elementary School District.

Each school has a touch-screen, web-based kiosk that displays real-time and historic system production data, as well as “fun fact” figures about the various carbon offset equivalents created through the use of solar energy. The district’s annual carbon dioxide reduction through these solar systems is estimated at 838 tons per year, or the equivalent of 154 passenger vehicles taken off the road.

“Our work with WESD demonstrates that the cost of solar power is not an insurmountable barrier; even the most budget-conscious organizations can achieve their sustainability objectives and realize major financial savings,” said Paul Detering, CEO of Tioga Energy.

Tioga Energy enables commercial, government, and nonprofit organizations to reduce electricity costs and enhance environmental sustainability without capital outlay. Tioga Energy owns and operates more than 100 renewable energy systems across the U.S.


ASA Phase 4, AZRE September/October 2011

Education: Arizona School For The Arts


General contractor: Hardison/Downey Construction, Inc.
Architect:  Orcutt | Winslow
Location: 5th St. and McDowell, Phoenix
Size: 25,700 SF

Phase 4 of the $3.3M project at the college preparatory and performing arts charter school includes completion of the final classroom building. With the completion of the 4-story building, the school will become independent from leased space. Subcontractors include CP Mechanical, Tpac, Wilson Electric, Encore Steel and Brothers Masonry. Expected completion is 1Q 2012.

AZRE Magazine, September/October 2011