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ART DIREC TION: Paul Philpott/Bono Tom Studio Inc.
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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 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
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Beware the Molasses
BOSTON IS CHOCK-FULL OF HISTORY, and it’s hard to pick the best
event—the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s ride, the Red Sox overcoming the
curse of the Bambino to win the World Series in 2004. (You know we like our
baseball here at ELEC TRICAL CON TRAC TOR.) We are personally intrigued by the
Great Molasses Disaster of 1919, when an enormous storage tank exploded and
a wave of molasses flooded the streets. According to urban legend, Bostonians
still smell molasses on hot days.
With the NECA Show returning to the City on a Hill in October, we want
to keep you abreast of the electrical contracting situation in that fair city.
In “Got to Get Down to Beantown,” Susan Casey rounds up projects at
Quincy Market, the Old South Church, Deer Island Waste Water Treatment
Plant and the Seaport District. ECs are really covering a lot of territory, work-wise. Read it on page 34. Another project profile this month is about shoe
company Converse’s headquarters on Lovejoy Wharf. Claire Swedberg lets
you sneak a peek on page 74.
Speaking of history, Chuck Ross writes about the fire-protection challenges
at museums in “Risky Business,” page 70. We also jet over to North Dakota, a
place we haven’t covered very often, to learn about the new School of Medicine
and Health Sciences building at UND. Read “Just What the Doctor Ordered,”
by Casey on page 114.
We have a range of other features this month. They include working with
and learning from the new generation (“The Millennial Difference,” by Jeff
Gavin, page 44), the growing use of electric vehicles in the commercial market
(“Fleeting Benefits,” by Chuck Ross, page 90), and standards for power over
ethernet and the Internet of Things (“Taming the Io T,” by Gavin, page 138).
We learned in July’s Profile of the Electrical Contractor that 95 percent of
you work on lighting, and this month we bring you two articles on that topic.
Craig DiLouie writes about energy-efficiency requirements in “Decoding
Energy Codes” on page 54. In “Strategic Assembly,” page 126, Susan Bloom
outlines the benefits of prefabricated lighting.
If you come to the NECA 2016 Boston Show and Convention, stop by our
booth to say hello. We really enjoy meeting and speaking with our readers.
We want to know what projects you are working on and how your business
Whether or not you make it to Boston, please consider conversing with
us by participating in our subscriber research panel. For more info or to sign