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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. 

Displays of the new LEDs on San Francisco City Hall

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.

Cupertino Electric Foremen Bryan Garcia and Kevin Zumwalt repair the lighting fixture as San Jose PAL representatives Saul Duran and Juan Reyes look on.

In May 2015, thieves stole copper wire from a light pole at the Police Activities League (PAL) Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

As more distributed energy technologies have been created in recent years, opportunities for electrical contractors to install and maintain the equipment have grown. However, while the trend is seen as positive for the customers and contractors, utilities are losing sales of their power.

San Francisco Airport’s new air traffic control tower (ATCT) is not only a functional facility, but it’s also a 221-foot-tall work of art and a new landmark for the Bay Area. 

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Recouping Your Losses

Often times a contracted project takes longer to complete and requires a larger budget than was originally planned. Many factors can be contributed to the increased duration and cost of a project. But who is responsible for such delays?

CAD: Cutting Out the Clicks

Growing numbers of electrical contractors are trying out new technology to increase their efficiency—some products with more success than others. But the CAD (computer-aided design) system has become a staple that contractors cannot ignore.

One-Stop Shopping

Design/build has been with us for thousands of years––probably since the 15th-century Incas built their great empires in Peru. As meticulous workers who knew how to build structures that would last an eternity, they worked as a unified team to deliver impenetrable fortresses.

Hospitality Vegas-style

Situated on the south side of the Las Vegas Strip, Mandalay Bay Resort boasts a variety of facilities and amenities, including a casino, 3,400-room hotel tower, spa, golf course, theater, 12,000-seat arena and an aquarium. It’s a healthy mix of hospitality and gaming all its own.

Playing Roulette

Getting some people to pay attention to power quality issues is often like trying to sell them insurance; they wonder, “Why bother?

David And Goliath-Will They Ever Get Along?

Remember the “good old days” of construction? The electrical contractor scribbled an estimate on the back of an envelope, shook hands with the general contractor, and they danced into the sunset sharing a reasonable profit, to the delight of the project owner.

Language of the Law

To a non-lawyer, the language that lawyers use can seem confusing. Where else would “criminal conversation” mean having an extramarital affair? On top of its Latin roots, the words of law have been over layered with French and early English.