PUBLISHER John W. Maisel
EDI TOR Andrea E. Klee
SENIOR EDI TOR Julie H. Mazur
SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDI TOR Timothy E. Johnson
EDI TORIAL/MULTIMEDIA ASSIS TAN T 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
ENERGY MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY Darlene Bremer
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
TOOLS Jeff Griffin
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EDITOR’S EYE BY ANDREA E. KLEE
ON ONE OF MANY TRIPS TO SAN FRANCISCO AS A CHILD, I spent
a day with my family wandering miles on foot, searching for my favorite restaurant, which we were sure was somewhere to be found. Turns out, it was not in San
Francisco at all, but in Oakland. So all of that trudging up and down hills, from Fisherman’s Wharf up Hyde Street to Lombard Street to Chinatown and everything in
between, was in vain. These days, no one would end up lost like that, with the Internet and GPS available in one’s pocket to solve any potential quandary. But I fell in
love with the city of San Francisco during this adventure, and I’m sure visitors to
NECA 2015 San Francisco will do the same.
Of course, you have to get there first, and many people traveling to the show
will come through San Francisco International Airport, where they can admire the
handiwork of Redwood Electric Group in completing the artfully designed new air
traffic control tower. If you’re driving or flying into Oakland and you miss seeing
the cool new tower, you can turn to page 54 for Susan Casey’s project profile, “Clear
When downtown, you should treat yourselves to the work of Paganini Electric at
San Francisco City Hall. Stop by at night to see the dramatic LED color projections.
Much work went into replacing all of the exterior lighting, and it’s quite a showpiece
for the electrical contractor. If you’re not going to San Francisco and you want to see
it, look for the article, “Lights on for the Golden Gate City,” on page 50.
The work of electrical contractors can be viewed all over this country, and you
can certainly check out some cool projects in your own neighborhoods. In Washington, D.C., for instance, you can soon view the complicated historic-renovation work
performed by Aarow Electrical at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, located just a
few steps from the White House. You also can read Darlene Bremer’s “Art Shining
Brighter in D.C.” on page 86.
Perhaps you love an outdoor festival. Unfortunately, you probably just missed
this year’s Septemberfest in Schaumberg, Ill., but keep it in mind for next Labor Day
weekend. Prior to this annual event, Mc Williams Electric scrambles to get temporary
power in place for hundreds of thousands of attendees, food vendors and performers.
It’s a major undertaking in a short amount of time. Scan “Expect the Unexpected”
on page 116 to see how Mc Williams Electric did it all.
In Philadelphia, H.B. Frazer Co. played a big part in the GridSTAR Smart Grid
Experience Center, which has multiple components: a microgrid composed of a
smart home powered by photovoltaics (PVs) and stored solar power, a demonstration
and training center for PV design and installation, a 150-kilowatt-hour grid interactive solar-energy-storage system, and Level 2 and rapid direct-current electric
vehicle charging stations supported by solar canopies. Go tour it, or read the article
“A Serious Play for Real Solutions” on page 60.
Whether you’re actually going on the road to one of these places or just living
vicariously through the pages of this magazine, you can certainly learn quite a bit
from your peers. It’s clear that, by exploring these projects, electrical contracting
work is varied and continues to shift into new areas, both geographically and topically. We hope you don’t get lost along the way.
CONTRACTOR The Hills Are Alive
With the Sound of NECA