Partners In the Fight Against Cancer

With treatment centers scattered throughout Traverse City and northern Michigan, Munson Medical Center envisioned the development of a comprehensive facility to deliver all aspects of cancer care.

Patients would visit the center for doctor visits, treatment planning, financial help, dietary advice, counseling and more. Housing all of the services under one roof allows specialists to collaborate on treatment plans and results in a more convenient and less stressful experience for the more 1,500 area patients diagnosed annually.

The Challenge

All told, more than 2,500 donors contributed to fund the $45 million project, including a $5 million donation from Casey Cowell and his family, who have been personally affected by cancer.
To pull off a project of this magnitude, experienced contractors in a multitude of trades would work together to construct the 85,000 square foot building.

The Solution

With electrical playing a vital role in powering the new state-of-the-art facility, Windemuller was chosen as the experienced contractor for the job. Just like a medical treatment plan, it was critical that the construction process focus on collaboration, communication and expertise.

After securing the project through a competitive bidding process, a project team moved quickly to identify roles, establish a realistic timeline and coordinate with other trades using a BIM 3D model to ensure onsite installation went according to plan and minimize conflict. From electrical services to low voltage communication needs, Windemuller delivered expertise in multiple areas of the project:

  • Installed main 2500 amp, 480-volt electrical service that provides power to the whole building
  • Ran extensive conduit and wiring
  • Installed a 122KW backup generator to ensure patients receiving radiation treatments never experience interruptions
  • Developed system that controls more than 5,000 LED lights and reduces energy waste with occupancy sensors and auto dimming capabilities based on the amount of natural light coming in
  • Installed audible fire alarm system that talks patients and staff through the evacuation process during an emergency
  • Ran structured cabling for IT needs and overhead paging system
  • Outdoor site lighting

After 24 months of careful planning and expert installation, the three-story Cowell Family Cancer Center is now a place where patients receive all of the care they need under one roof, in a tranquil environment that encourages and comforts them at every turn.


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