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Bill Lauderdale, Lauderdale Electric’s vice president, said
one of the project’s highlights was testing the wind-generating
systems, bringing to life the installation’s massive turbine equipment that creates high-velocity winds in a 14-foot-diameter,
all-glass, climate-controlled cylinder. Once completed, the
company’s technicians donned flying suits, helmets and goggles
to test the system in the 45-foot-tall enclosure to ascertain that
the wind turbines were working properly—which indeed they
were—clocking wind speeds up to 115 mph.
“We’ve all had some flight time,” Lauderdale said. “It’s
really amazing and a bit harder than you think. The flight time
is only five minutes, but, trust me, you are exhausted when
Lauderdale Electric had an unusually small crew for the
installation but was still able to provide quality electrical work
and complete the two projects, which at one point overlapped.
The rotating crew on the installations—many with decades of
experience—included Bill Lauderdale; Beau Lauderdale, fore-
man; Bob Ross, Zeus Conejo, Viengkeo “Lon” Chanthalansy,
Devin Daufenbach and Jeff Kowal, journeymen; Denny Butzow,
controller; Steve Lauderdale, retired journeyman; Joey Sountala,
shop manager; and Jon Novak, apprentice. (Roxanna Lauderdale
is president of the company.)
Lauderdale Electric worked through the tight timeline,
spending some weekends on site to make sure the job met deadline parameters.
EC gets rave reviews for quality, quick turnaround with iFLY projects
IT ISN’T OFTEN THAT AN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR (EC) literally goes airborne during system testing and commissioning. But that was exactly the case when Lauderdale Electric Inc., East Dundee, Ill., completed two projects for
iFLY—an indoor skydiving/vertical wind-tunnel entertainment business based in Austin, Texas—owned by SkyVenture.
With a small crew of technicians, the company was able to quickly complete two separate wind turbine and electrical
connectivity and control installations on time and within budget at new iFLY facilities in Rosemont and Naperville, Ill.
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