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On Apr. 18, 1906, an 8.3 earthquake shook San Francisco, caused fires and destroyed much of the city. All that remained of San Francisco City Hall was the dome. Instead of rebuilding the structure, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to fabricate a new building. Its construction became a symbol of the city’s rebirth. Doors opened on Dec. 28, 1915, and it is now a National Historic Landmark. READ MORE
Fun comes in all forms at the Annual Septemberfest every Labor Day weekend in Schaumburg, Ill. The festival features carnival rides; fireworks; pony rides; a Labor Day parade with bands; performances by school and Schaumburg Park District groups; national acts, such as Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield and The Family Stone; and jugglers and other strolling performers on the festival grounds. READ MORE
In the healthcare-lighting arena, the improvements and increasing affordability of light-emitting diode (LED) products, along with advancements in lighting control technology, enable creative lighting designs that benefit patients and staff members.
Studies show that natural light is critical to human function and can benefit patients and staff in healthcare settings. READ MORE
Where are the growth areas? That’s a question many electrical contractors (ECs) ask themselves. This recent low-voltage project reflects current trends, such as increased demand for connectivity and for energy savings, and could well provide ECs across the country the motivation to pursue these opportunities. READ MORE
Backup power is critical for almost all, if not all, facilities. Design of a backup generator system and its capacity depends on the purpose of a business or facility. Hospitals need a complete backup in the event of a power outage; the lives of patients can depend on it. READ MORE
Separated from the U.S. mainland’s electric supply by an ocean, Hawaii is working toward a goal mandated by Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires 40 percent of the state’s electricity to be derived from clean-energy sources by 2030. READ MORE
“Today we are building better houses than we ever built before, and part of that component is that we air-seal the houses. It’s the best thing you can do for an occupant, energy-wise, because the cost of heating is reduced considerably, and a house is easier to cool. But there’s a caveat: what comes into the home, stays in it,” said Ken Nelson, northwest regional sales manager, Panasonic. READ MORE
Cooperation, coordination and conversation can pay off. That’s what the team behind the energy upgrade of Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City discovered when the hotel underwent a $7 million energy-saving retrofit, the biggest property-assessed clean energy (PACE) commercial project in the nation. READ MORE