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CLIFF EDGES THE PORTION OF THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY that threads its way along the ocean from Santa Monica to Malibu, Calif. Nestled in a canyon on that cliff sits the Getty Villa, a museum built in 1974 by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty and modeled on the Villa del Papiri, a first-century Roman country house in Herculaneum that was buried when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. READ MORE
Clients benefit from firm’s sound and communications expertise “We’re fast-track artists,”said Larry Frontino, president, Direct A/V Inc., Hawthorne, Calif. “Some contractors are good at fast track while others are good at submitting an RFI [request for information] and waiting three months for the answer and prodding along on a four-year project,” he said. READ MORE
Electrical contracting businesses garner maintenance contracts in a variety of ways. Some companies snag them as referrals through existing work. Others are the result of a service call to a customer who has had a system failure due to poor maintenance. Other contracts are a given, as in the case with closed-circuit television (CCTV) and audiovisual (AV) equipment. READ MORE
THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR IS PART OF A TEAM in retail lighting design. The objective is to get the job completed on time and within budget. Retail stores have one main goal—selling product. A store’s lighting design has become an increasingly important element in accomplishing that objective. READ MORE
All construction sites need power in order to be built, and how they get it is what electrical contractors provide,” said Todd Stafford, senior director, National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC). READ MORE
A growing fixture in today’s energy-dependent businesses, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) deliver a continuous stream of electric power, which counteracts the effect of potential shutdowns that may occur through an outage or blackout. Different degrees, or levels, of backup protection exist and can be improved upon, depending on the makeup and execution of your customer’s system. READ MORE
An integrated building systems (IBS) approach combines different systems—electrical; security and camera systems; audio/video; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); and lighting—over the same networked system. In an IBS format, each system is interdependent; they function together in supplying and gathering information and distributing power. READ MORE