PUBLISHER Andrea E. Klee
PUBLISHER EMERITUS John W. Maisel
EDITOR—PRINT Julie H. Mazur
EDITOR—DIGITAL Timothy E. Johnson
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Matt Kraus
BUSINESS/PRODUC TION MANAGER Dominique M. Minor
CIRCULATION MANAGER Astra J. Hudson
ART DIREC TION: Paul Philpott/Bono Tom Studio Inc.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY & U TILI T Y BUSINESS Chuck Ross
ARC FLASH SAFE T Y Jim Phillips
BUSINESS William Atkinson
CODE Jim Dollard
CODE Michael Johnston
CODE Charles R. Miller
CODE Mark C. Ode
ESTIMATING Stephen Carr
FIBER OPTICS & CABLING Jim Hayes
FINANCIAL Denise R. Norberg-Johnson
FIRE/LIFE SAFE T Y S YS TEMS Wayne D. Moore
LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS Thomas P. Hammerberg
LEGAL Gerard W. Ittig
LIGHTING Craig DiLouie
POWER QUALIT Y Richard P. Bingham
RESIDENTIAL David E. Shapiro
SAFETY Joe O’Connor & Tom O’Connor
SECURITY Deborah L. O’Mara
SERVICE/MAINTENANCE Andrew McCoy & Fred Sargent
TECHNOLOGY Jim Romeo
TOOLS Jeff Griffin
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EDITOR’S EYE BY TIMOTHY E. JOHNSON AND JULIE H. MAZUR
THOUGH THE BLIZZARD OF 2016 MIGHT SUGGEST OTHERWISE,
spring is closer than you think. You know the cliche about spring: it’s a time of
renewal, and with that comes opportunity. While we aren’t quite there yet, this issue
of ELEC TRICAL CONTRACTOR focuses on two types of revitalization we often see in the
construction industry: renovation and retrofitting.
While working with new buildings is an exciting challenge in its own right, it’s just
as important, if not more so, to focus on what can be done to take the old and make it
new again. In this issue, several articles explore this topic, including an in-depth look
at the renovations of two Illinois landmarks (“This Old Building,” by Susan Bloom,
page 22). Many of you will be familiar with Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs,
but the article also discusses the historic White House in Barrington, Ill.
No doubt some of you have worked on cool renovation projects of your own,
and we’d like to hear about them. Send your stories to us on Facebook (www.face
book.com/electricalcontractormagazine) and Twitter ( www.twitter.com/ecmag
dotcom), and we will share some of our favorites. If you can provide pictures, that
would be an added bonus. We always want to hear what our readers are working on,
and we encourage you to keep the feedback coming.
In addition, we recently started an Instagram account (username: ecmagdotcom).
We’ve already posted some cool stuff—including Christmas light displays we saw on
a recent trip to Europe—and we’re hoping to put up even more in the year to come.
There are many ways for you to connect with us, and we promise to make it worth
In the meantime, though, we hope you enjoy all of the content available in these
pages, including a feature on lighting retrocommissioning (page 30), a profile of a
Colorado stadium renovation (page 52), and Jeff Griffin’s “History of the Electric
Drill” (page 62).
Funny story about that. The Smithsonian has the original Black + Decker electric
drill from 1916. Our offices are just outside Washington, D.C., so we thought we would
hop downtown and see the drill for ourselves and perhaps snap a picture or two for
the article. When we got there, we asked a nice woman at the information desk where
the drill might be. She opened a fold-out map and directed us toward an exhibit on
machinery, which was right next to an exhibit on lighting. In short, if you’re an electrical contractor, this is where you’d go at the National Museum of American History.
It’s all on the first floor. Very convenient.
As it turns out, we approached that area of the museum and found a darkened
corridor. A nearby security guard explained these exhibits were temporarily closed.
It seems the Smithsonian could use the services of an electrical contractor. Like
the changing seasons, it may be ready for renewal (of electrical systems). Now, if only
spring could get here a bit sooner.
Ready for Renewal