ence for the facility’s residential, com- mercial, and retail occupants.
Power in Prefabrication Brought in by Costello Construction at the project’s kickoff in late 2014, the team from Bopat Electric immedi- ately reached out to Capital Tristate to develop project budgets and allow- ances based on schematic building designs. “While we frequently had to update our budget proposals related to light- ing, switchgear, and other product packages as designs changed in the field, one thing we soon realized was that based on the repetitive nature of some of the electrical work required, there were great opportunities for pre- fabrication to help deliver labor sav- ings and reduce the project’s installa- tion time,” said Vernon Morsberger, an account manager with Capital Tri- state’s Baltimore branch. Bopat Electric Project Manager Glenn Doyle agreed. “The project at Little Patuxent Square involved wir- ing for everything from receptacles, generators, fire alarms, and LED lighting to security systems, comput- ers, TVs, phones, and more, all con- cealed within the building,” he ex- plained. “And while the building’s 160 residential apartments came in 15 dif- ferent variations, their electrical needs were similar on all 10 floors, enabling us to work with Capital Tristate and various manufacturers to have certain products prefabricated at the factory level and shipped to us ready to as- semble and/or install.” Thanks to meetings that Capital- Tristate organized with the various manufacturers’ engineers to discuss the design and bill of materials as well as the drawings and elevations that Bopat Electric provided, “Our manu- facturers were able to determine the wire lengths we needed for each jump, prepare the products in the specific configuration we required, and ship us boxes labeled by apartment unit type and application, providing us
with simple plug-and-play systems that made the final wiring process much faster for our crew,” Doyle said. The process of having all switches, lighting fixtures, receptacles, and home runs to the electrical panel pre- measured and prefabricated for in- stallation in kitchens, bedrooms, and other residential circuits and shipped directly to the spe- cific floor where the Bopat team was working offered many benefits to the up to 35 crew members in the field at various times. According to Doyle, “The pre- assembled and staged kits that we received signi- ficantly reduced our rough-in and trim-out time and also minimized the time needed to dis- pose of waste. We were able to assign a smaller crew to the prefabricated installations, and their increasing pro- ficiency with them further stream- lined the process and enabled our guys to fly through those installs in much less time,” he said.
The Team to Beat While all partners agreed that the $65 million project at Little Patuxent Square was complex, it remains both a source of pride and accomplishment and a model of best practice. “Building on the fly as much as we were, it took partners with great in- tegrity, honesty, and flexibility to manage it successfully, and the teams from Bopat Electric and Capital- Tristate were amazing,” confirmed David Costello, president of Costello Construction. “They had great field supervision, worked extremely well together, and were on top of every- thing. They also made outstanding
use of prefabrication, meeting every deadline and never once holding up the project in any way.” “Capital Tristate was extremely responsive and provided outstanding support to us from beginning to end,” said Doyle of the assistance received from the distributor. For his part, Morsberger couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. “We’ve forged a great partner- ship with Bopat Elec- tric, had productive exchanges with all members of its team, and couldn’t ask for a better customer,” he said. “It’s exciting to have been a part of the construction of Little Patuxent Square and to see the positive impact this successful project will have on housing and job creation in the area.” Bopat Electric President Bob Driggers concurred. “We’ve been pleased with every facet of this project and the way everyone came together as a team to bring it to a successful conclusion,” he said. “Vernon is a top-notch partner and we love doing business with him and Capital Tristate, a company we can always depend on to give us competi- tive numbers, do what it says it’s going to do, and never let us down.” “As the first mixed-use project in Columbia, we always thought that Little Patuxent Square was going to be transformational for the area, and I do believe that we got it right. It’s exciting to be a part of building some- thing that will be here for a long time, and we’re so proud of all of the team members that helped us build it,” Cos- tello concluded. ;
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[O]ne thing we soon realized was that, based on the repetitive nature of some of the electrical work required, there were great opportuni- ties for prefabrication to help deliver labor savings and reduce the project’s installa- tion time.