Guarantee Electrical Company

Guarantee Electrical Company Completes St. Louis College of Pharmacy Student Rec Center, Residence Hall, Fitness Center

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St. Louis College of Pharmacy continues to undergo a campus wide transformation improving the educational landscape of St. Louis medicine.  As part of the second phase of this transformation, a new 193,000 square foot, seven story mixed use building will serve the College of Pharmacy student’s needs.  The building consists of a 220 bed dormitory, gymnasium and fitness center, student dining facility and support offices.

Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) was the electrical construction and systems contractor for both Phase I and Phase II of this continued transformation, once again working as a subcontractor for PARIC Corp.  GECO’s history of performance in both education and healthcare markets was a critical factor in keeping the same construction team together on both phases on the BJC campus. Doug Mertzlufft, President of Guarantee Electrical Company added, “We are thrilled to be part of this great project and equally honored to be part of the construction team bringing continuity to the strategic plans for St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s growth and their students future success.”

Working as a turnkey electrical contractor, after demolition to the existing Whelpley Hall was complete Guarantee immediately brought temporary electrical power to the new construction site as well as relocation of existing underground fiber.  Being in a tight urban construction setting, it was critical that GECO’s electrical design and prefabrication capabilities allow for just in time delivery for all of the dorm room electrical needs, reducing jobsite laydown and clutter.  Today’s modern dorm rooms allow for all of the amenities of an urban apartment.  To accommodate these needs, the building consists of full 4000 amp service, LED lighting throughout and all of the technological and campus safety needs for students.  As such GECO Systems was responsible for installation of all card access, card reader alerts, fire alarm, paging, CCTV, Coax TV, Phone/Data and mass notification required to meet such demands.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States. Its operations include branch offices in Granite City, IL. and Denver, CO, plus ongoing operations in California.   The company provides full-scope electrical contracting, including preconstruction, construction, engineering and design, design-build, design-assist, value engineering, procurement, electrical and communications systems, service and preventive maintenance.  To learn more visit www.geco.com.

 

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Guarantee Electrical Company Completes New State-of-the-Art Recreation Center in O’Fallon, IL

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Student Athletes at McKendree University, Southern Illinois IceHawks youth hockey organization and the general public now have a new recreation center to call home in O’Fallon, IL.  The McKendree Metro Rec Plex recently opened to the McKendree University men’s & women’s hockey teams, giving them a new facility to call “home ice”. 

Soon the school’s swimming, diving, and water polo teams will likewise be calling the recreation center home in their Olympic and NCAA Championship caliber natatorium.  In total, the 160,000 square foot facility features two NHL-sized ice rinks, an aquatic center fit with a 10 lane championship swimming pool, a separate recreational pool, a contemporary fitness area including a half court gym, elevated walking track, free weights, cardio equipment, and many other amenities such as party room and conference facilities.  With more than two years of planning and design for the facility, the McKendree Metro Rec Plex will anchor the larger development on the 45 acre site known as The Four Points Center consisting of retail, hospitality, and professional office space.
 


Guarantee Electrical Company was instrumental in value engineering and identifying cost saving opportunities on the original electrical design.  This allowed the developer to recognize substantial savings towards the overall cost of the project.  For its part, GECO was the turnkey electrical contractor on the project providing all site civil electrical work, including rough-in for Ameren’s underground utility distribution and site lighting throughout the development; the electrical construction contractor on the building responsible for installing new switchgear, both normal and emergency power, providing a combined 5000 amp 480 volt service to the building through two incoming services; and the systems electrical contractor providing all fire alarm and control wiring for the Cimco ice equipment.  The entire facility comprises energy efficient LED lighting and lighting controls throughout.    

 

This project is very important to not only O’Fallon, IL but the surrounding communities and region for several reasons.  In addition to providing a new home for both youth and collegiate organizations, the public ice rink fills a void left from the indefinite closing of a Fairview Heights Ice Rink in 2012 and also provides a new fitness center for the general public including personal trainers, daycare and much more.

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