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P1 Project Profile: Saint Luke’s South

saint lukes south p1 group Pictured, above: Greg Sweeney, David Wright and Steve Cole on site at Saint Luke's; Allen Kluender installs duct work during construction.

Steve Cole, Vice President, is on familiar ground at a major project that is underway at Saint Luke’s South Hospital. He was the Project Manager for the original building on that campus, when AD Jacobson, Inc. built it in 1998.

The Saint Luke’s South Hospital Rehabilitation Addition and Renovation project includes:

  • a new, four-story building that will house rehabilitation services and will also include overflow inpatient rooms.
  • a significant renovation of the physical therapy area
  • a phased remodel of an active kitchen
  • the addition of a 550-ton water cooled chiller in the existing chiller room

On any given day, about 35 P1 Group field associates are on site, led by foremen Nate Christensen, Dave Wright and Todd Sprague.

Completion will be in June 2019 but the ground floor will be turned over to Saint Luke’s in January 2019 so one challenge with this project, Cole said, is "the extensive planning involved to enable two of the AHUs and finish all the plumbing and ancillary HVAC piping systems by that deadline."

Also notable on this project was the planning and execution of the ductwork. The project was the first for which the sheet metal fab shop used the new Iowa Precision Coil Line to fabricate the duct.

The project has had tight laydown constraints, Cole said, so after it was fabricated it was loaded on leased trailers and hauled to the jobsite to be used as needed – there was no waiting for material to be delivered.

Project Scope

General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction Co., Inc.

Engineer: W.L. Cassell & Associates, Inc.

Duration: 15 months, with projected June 2019 completion

89,951 square feet of new construction

17,861 square feet of renovated space

Four Air Handling Units totaling 83,000 cfm/183 VAV boxes with hot water reheat

59,047 feet of piping and 956 valves

353 plumbing fixtures

109,050 pounds of sheet metal, including 93,650 lbs fabricated by P1

A majority of the copper piping systems were installed with Pro Press fittings

P1 Group's Long History with Saint Luke's Health System

The current Saint Luke’s South project is one in a long line that P1 Group has completed for the health system. Our relationship with Saint Luke’s began more than 50 years ago with Herb Jacobson (who owned AD Jacobson – the company his father founded in 1919 – with his brother, Elliot).

President Kollin Knox managed the first major expansion at Saint Luke’s Northland as a project manager for AD Jacobson in 1996 and he was also project manager on the building of Saint Luke’s East in 2003.

Vice President Steve Cole took over the St. Luke’s Wornall campus when Charles Brandon retired. Shortly thereafter, he managed the Saint Luke’s MAHI project, which completed in 2011.

Steve and Senior Project Manager Eric Affolter continuously manage various projects for Saint Luke’s Health System.

P1 Group performs service work at all St. Luke’s locations and, under the leadership of Vice President Dave Beebe, has long held FMO contracts to manage the facilities at all campuses, beginning with the Wornall campus in 2002 and the South campus since 2004.

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