Sturgeon Electric Demonstrates Value-Add through Innovative Lean Practices on Downtown Denver Office Building

July 18, 2017


Making exceptional use of Building Information Modeling (BIM), prefabrication/preconstruction methods and material management practices, Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. (Sturgeon Electric), a subsidiary of MYR Group Inc. successfully completed construction of the nine-story, 245,000 square-foot Support Services Building for Denver Health Hospital Administration, a large client in the city.

This commercial and industrial (C&I) project is part of Denver Health’s ten-year strategic plan to improve and consolidate facilities and patient access on their downtown campus, integrating hospital administration, physician suites and the office of Denver’s Medical Examiner.

Sturgeon Electric teamed up with general contractor Hensel Phelps, developer Trammell Crow Company and ME Engineers to turn Denver Health’s vision into reality.

The congested downtown site and fast-paced construction schedule demanded innovative pre-planning and rapid, methodical execution. Sturgeon Electric’s prefabrication and BIM teams, based in Henderson, CO., collaborated early with field leadership to identify every repetitive field installation, bought material in bulk for maximum savings, fabricated and assembled components in their climate-controlled warehouse, and shipped all the electrical ‘building blocks’ to field crews in room-specific red bins, exactly when they were needed.

‘Timing was everything,” said Sturgeon Electric’s BIM Manager Chris Wilocki. “We sat down with the senior project manager, general foreman and the field team to develop a schedule that aligned with how they wanted things packaged…how they wanted things delivered…plus how and when they wanted material brought to each floor.”

General Foreman Matt Prentice helped push Sturgeon Electric’s lean construction efforts to a higher level. “With this kind of system, we lowered our labor costs and increased production, which provides a competitive edge in the Colorado market.”

Clean, uncluttered work areas make job sites much safer and improve efficiency, thanks to reduced waste.

“We don’t have material carts or boxes full of lighting fixtures laying around …only what’s needed at any particular time,” added District Manager Scott Greenhalge. “Now, our electricians don’t waste time looking for parts and pieces on different floors…it’s all included in one box for them to install.”

Sturgeon Electric’s C&I President Jeff Waneka can’t say enough about the forward-thinking folks who made the 601 Broadway project a major success, “We’ve assembled a great group of people who are technologically savvy. They’re interested in using the latest tools to improve efficiency and production. Even though Sturgeon Electric has been in business for more than 100 years, this is an especially exciting time to be working for this company.”


Read more about this project:

Sturgeon Electric C&I Division Receives Two Awards at AGC Colorado Industry Gala & ACE Awards

601 Broadway Project Profile