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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. 

Boston: It’s a city with historic buildings from the 1700s and 1800s that have become defining public spaces. It’s a city of skyscrapers, a complicated infrastructure, and an exciting new development along its shoreline, the Seaport District.

Boston is chock-full of history, and it’s hard to pick the best event—the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s ride, the Red Sox overcoming the curse of the Bambino to win the World Series in 2004.

Harvard Business School’s Tata Hall is a 177,000-square-foot executive education facility, consisting of 179 bedrooms for visiting executives, 22 living group areas, and two state-of-the-art classrooms. Boston-based Sullivan & McLaughlin Cos. Inc.

They’ve been discussed, analyzed and editorialized. Popularly known as “millennials” (ages 20–34), this generation numbers some 66 million and has become the nation’s largest labor market.

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2016 Profile of the Electrical Contractor, Part 2

We began coverage of our biennial Profile of the Electrical Contractor survey last month with a discussion of demographics and trends in the age of today’s electrical contractors (ECs) and their firms, along with the types of work our readers are doing.

A project, such as the Phipps Conservatory, that pursues multiple green certifications requires the electrical contractor to keep an eye on earning points from different programs, some of which complement each other.
The Nature of High Performing Buildings

There’s no one definition or single certification for high performance buildings. The greater the owner’s wishes, the more ambitious the construction.

Lessons in Collaboration

No matter how you define it, experts agree that one of the keys to a successful construction project is effective collaboration by the various participants.

Ford full-size Transit Van and Transit Connect compact van
Cool Tools: Service Trucks

Whether a one-man shop or multidivision contracting company with hundreds of employees, electrical contracting companies and electricians need trucks.

Southwire Tools T200K tone and probe
Cool Tools: Tone And Probe Kits

Structured wiring specialists test to confirm cabling is properly connected and operating to specifications. It is often necessary to trace a cable’s route, as well. A tone and probe kit is the tool for that job. It can trace wires inside walls, under floors and above ceilings.

Plays Well With Others

Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen you grow into a social being, a mature individual with your own strengths who is willing to contribute to a team in a collaborative environment where the sum is greater than its parts.

Ideas That Work: Magnet, Duct Seal and Outdoor Solutions

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