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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

One of the recurring themes of my writing has been the continuing decline in the quality of electrical bid documents. Let’s put it this way: the bidding documents, plans and specifications have become a black hole, sucking up estimating hours like never before.


Douglas J. Pileggi, vice president of sales at Leviton Manufacturing in New York, passed away on Sept. 27 in Winfield, Ill., at the age of 67.

Skilled labor shortages in construction are widespread and global. The challenge is in attracting the correct people to the industry while keeping skilled workers on hand as long as possible.

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ComEd Works With Authorities on Electricity Theft Case

ComEd is on a campaign against stealing electricity and issued a reminder about the public-safety risks associated with the illegal act. So far, the campaign has led to the arrest and conviction of a Wilmington, Ill., man who was charged with violation of the Illinois Public Utility Act.

Recharging the Industry: On the Road

Contractor: Bruce & Merrilees, New Castle, Pa. Project 1: A design/build American Recovery and Reinvestment Act intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Penndot) Bucks County, I-95

Resorting to Less

Much of the renewed focus on energy conservation and going green has been on what to do at home and in the workplace. But how about the places where people go to relax and play—resorts and other vacations spots? Are they becoming more green?

And in the End ...

My past two columns covered monitoring from the service entrance and down into the facility to record what happened and to determine what caused it. At last, we get down to probably the most important aspect: monitoring at a load to determine why it is not operating properly.

Coming in for a Landing

Chicago O'Hare International Airport has been expanding its runway system and installing a new airfield lighting system, a new electric lighting vault and a lighting control sys-tem that provides and regulates power for runway and taxiway lighting throughout the airport. Divane Bros.

ASU Installs LED Lighting in Parking Structures

Arizona State University (ASU) retrofitted six parking structures on the Tempe campus with new light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.

Breaking out the Big Guns

Last month, we covered the processes of site power quality (PQ) benchmark or compliance audits and facilitywide energy surveys.