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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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Governing Power Quality

When most people think of the word “government,” the word “regulation” is usually close behind. The government regulates the speed that you can drive on the highways, how much income tax you pay, how much pollution a factory can emit, even which drugs can be sold (legally).

Federal Government Contracting: A Different Culture

The Spearin Doctrine, Christian Doctrine, False Claims Act, BCAs, FARs, Davis-Bacon. If you do not know all of these concepts, you should rethink bidding on a federal government project. One of my clients was awarded a subcontract on an Air Force job.

Airport Renovation: The Jet Set Gets a Makeover

Patience is a virtue with complicated projects of this nature. A bustling airport is a sign of a vibrant community with a healthy economy; however, it doesn’t make for a great construction site.

Scheduling Considerations of the Estimate

A good schedule saves time and money The site for a new, multibuilding high school project was on a hillside requiring massive grading and rock removal. The buildings were of wood and steel construction and housed six classrooms each.

Let Your Supplier Make You a Hero

Company tailors service model for each customer Creating a company culture where the mantra is “Nothing’s Impossible” takes the buy-in of every worker, top-to-bottom. That’s what Shepherd Electric Supply, with two branches in the Washington, D.C.

The Two Sides of CRM

Before we even begin to talk about the system side of CRM, we should breeze through a quick overview of what exactly CRM is and what it essentially means. You cannot read a magazine, business journal, trade publication or newspaper without seeing this term thrown around like crazy.

Electrician Shortage-- It's Too Late to Avoid It

Readers: Please note, this story contains numerous informational tables. Please refer to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine to obtain them.