Our work with healthcare: It’s personal.

No other environment is more important than one that helps people heal.

From the young woman giving birth … to the boy battling cancer … to the grandfather going into surgery … hospitals, clinics and treatment facilities have an impact on every one of us.

But navigating construction around care is a big challenge. Every step, every activity, has to be carefully planned and managed. Preventing infection is paramount.

That means:

  • Maintaining negative air in spaces where we’re working, so no dust escapes
  • Scheduling activities at odd hours, when noise is least likely to affect caregivers and patients
  • Complying with protocols to the letter – for supply delivery and debris removal, and for our workers’ attire and movements

As a mechanical contractor, we do more than follow these and other critical practices.

We take great care to excel in communications – with the general contractor, the charge nurses, environmental services staff, facilities manager and other front-line personnel.

Communication is crucial to maintaining the delicate balance between keeping a project moving and accommodating the needs of staff and patients. If a nurse tells us to stop working, we stop. But it’s better to plan and execute our work so we’re rarely told to stop.

As we’ve seen in our 40-plus years of healthcare work, there’s a financial balance, too.Hospitals and treatment centers face enormous financial pressures. They have to care for all who show up at their doors.


As the operator of a healthcare facility, you can't afford to be offline.

At the same time, you can’t have unhappy patients, either. (In fact, poor evaluations from patients can affect cost reimbursements, as well as harm the reputation of your hospital.)

In approaching our healthcare work, we:

  • Build with future maintenance (and constructability) in mind. At some point, you’ll need to access that equipment and components without having to tear out infrastructure. We think about this as we design the space to accommodate your systems. Whoever is replacing parts or making repairs needs to get in there quickly and easily.
  • Make choices that generate greater ROI. Hospitals, clinics and treatment centers have enormous utility bills. In purchasing pumps, fans, air handlers and other equipment for your project, we emphasize high efficiency. We also look at ways to optimize water usage – from tapping underground well systems to retaining rainwater into cisterns to returning condensate from air handlers to a tank for makeup water.
  • Provide realistic pricing. For planning and budget purposes, you need to know up front what a project is really going to cost. Our model-based pricing brings cost all the way down to the component or fitting. So, unless you make a significant change to the scope, you won’t be getting a change order from us.

Get a complete overview of our mechanical construction and plumbing approach

For Healthcare,

we construct, install and maintain:

  • HEPA filtration
  • Central energy plants
  • Air handling units
  • Chillers and boilers
  • Steam services
  • Cooling towers
  • Exhaust systems and VFDs
  • Specialty waste systems
  • Gas distribution systems, regulators, and manifolds
  • Medical gas installation and certification
  • Plumbing systems, pumps, and skids
  • Automation controls systems (installation and service)
  • Commissioning services

Our promise to you is to be the team best prepared for the most complex HVAC and plumbing work in healthcare facilities.

Here’s how we keep that promise:

  • Hire and retain talented people. Talent can’t be claimed – it has to be proven. The way we screen and hire our professionals allows us to see if they’re a good fit. If they are, they tend to stay for a long while.
  • Keep the team safe. With safety, we take no shortcuts and spare no expense. Every day begins with a team analysis of job hazards. And every employee is authorized to stop work if he/she observes an unsafe practice. Our mantra: Go home the way you came in.
  • Leverage equipment and process to ensure consistency. We fabricate systems, piping and multi-trade racks in a state-of-the-art shop (90,000 sq. ft.). A Class-1000 “clean room” shop allows us to fabricate high-purity stainless steel and hygienic piping to ISO-level standards.
  • Meticulously track project steps and details. We use advanced technology to integrate information into all facets of a project, from estimating through building turnover. This helps assure pricing, protect scheduling and promote accountability. Deliverables must meet clearly defined standards.
  • Choose partners carefully. We work only with a select group of experienced subcontractors, whom we’ve partnered with for decades. And we bring in licensed, independent professionals – dedicated to each worksite – to inspect the work of our team before it’s delivered.

Finally, we keep a healthy perspective on our work:

  • We expect high performance and provide our people with unbending support. In turn, they take great pride and ownership in their work.
  • We envision what our HVAC and plumbing work will be like for those who build, use and maintain the facilities we support. The end result is foremost in mind.
  • We see ourselves as problem solvers but never believe we have all of the answers. Every project brings a lesson learned.

In our healthcare work, preventing infection is paramount. Every step, every activity, has to be
carefully planned and managed.

Here are a few examples of B&K's complex healthcare projects:

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