Fast & Furious…


Fast and furious was the construction schedule for Dimmitt Hall dormitory on the campus of Morningside College.  Dimmitt Hall was to have a complete renovation this past summer, but it couldn’t start before May 11th, after the classes were over this past spring and it had to be completed before August 14th, when students start to arrive this fall, which makes this a fast track project.

The renovation included all new electrical service to the building and new electrical switchgear, new wiring throughout the entire facility, including students’ rooms, hallways and common spaces.  With the fast schedule, Jerry Grimsley – Foreman for Thompson Electric and his team worked approximately 58 hours per week and at the peak of construction, Thompson Electric had 26 workers on site.  This took a tremendous amount of coordination and communication, with Ray DeWitt – Project Manager, and Jerry leading the team for Thompson Electric working with Hawkins Construction from Omaha.  A total of over 14,000 man hours were worked by the Thompson Electric’s field staff.

Dimmitt Hall is the largest residence hall on campus and is capable of housing about 385 students in two-, three- or four-person rooms.  In addition to the new wiring in the student’s rooms, new common spaces were created, as well as new laundry facilities throughout the building.  There is also a community kitchen, fitness center and music practice room that were added to Dimmitt Hall.

A big congratulations goes to Ray, Jerry and their team for finishing a fast & furious project on time and on budget.