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sump pumps and lighting fixtures designed to withstand more
than 100 mph winds; workers also terminated multiple types
of control wiring.
Initially, Adams and iFLY had expressed concerns about
power consumption, as the company had experienced some problems with a facility in Texas. Lauderdale Electric’s staff visited the
Texas location to assess the power consumption and devise a plan
to ward off any potential issues at either new facility.
Adams was also concerned about running exposed conduit
under the huge open-ceiling beams, so Lauderdale technicians
installed floor boxes in the deck that fed the lights, heaters and
receptacles. This step took extensive planning and a precise layout to ensure that the boxes were located properly. Lauderdale
technicians used a software program that allowed them to do
exact dimensions and plan everything out at the home office
and then transfer these preplanned drawings to tablets in the
field for deployment.
Another concern was installing the feeders to the penthouse
Meeting the heights
from the 3,000A service outside. Foreman Beau Lauderdale,
while collaborating with Weis Builders’ Site Superintendent Mike
Ericksen, put together a plan that would eliminate exposed con-
duit and the junction boxes and created a solution to a problem
that previously required three to five days and five electricians
to pull and terminate. Two Lauderdale technicians executed the
plan in less than one day—a new record, Adams said.
Lauderdale Electric specializes in a variety of high-profile
projects, such as co-generation plants and renewable-energy
facilities, but this was definitely one-of-a-kind.
“This is a project where you need young, well-conditioned
employees because of all of the physical demands encountered
every day,” Bill Lauderdale said. “I imagine my guys lost about
10 pounds each on these projects.”
“The thing that impressed me most about Lauderdale Elec-
tric was the quality of the installation, and the small crew size,
they worked like a crew three times their size and they were
fast and very smart about how they went about the process of
bringing this complicated project to life,” Adams said. “We’re
accustomed to EC crews of eight to 10 and they used three or
Lauderdale said the company prides itself in getting in and
completing projects as fast as possible, while maintaining the
quality and on-site performance his clients demand.
Another iFLY is planned for Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, and there’s a good chance that Lauderdale Electric
will be flying as the go-to EC.
“We knew that, with a great game plan and using the best
electricians that anybody could ask for, we could complete
these projects within the timeline and still meet everyone’s
expectations,” Bill Lauderdale said.
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Left: massive turbine equipment creates high-velocity winds. Center: Journeyman Lon Chanthalansy
roughs in the service conduits. Right: Lauderdale technicians pull service cabling into the building at
Rosemont iFLY. Bottom: Journeyman Devin Daufenbach roughs in service pipes.
How It Works
The wind tunnels of iFLY create a vertical air column in
which a person can safely float. The wind is channeled
and directed down the sides of the tunnel, underneath the
flight chamber, and then up through the floor of the flight
chamber, lifting flyers into the air at approximately eye
level. The air travels through the top of the flight chamber
and the cycle begins again. A technician at the control
panel—in communication with the instructor inside the
flight chamber—ensures that the wind speed is optimal
for each customer. —D.L.O.