Design-Build Engineering

design-build engineeringIntegrated Electric is a true design/build electrical contracting firm. In true design-build, we go into partnership with an owner, general contractor, engineer, architect, and other subs. It is a team effort.

We research utility requirements, the jurisdiction of city and state requirements, and what impact they may have on the design. We are aware of the subcontractors’ work requirements—for the HVAC, audio, or fire alarm system—which can vary from city to city.

Compromise and cooperation are a must. A knowledgeable representative for the owner is important to the Design/Build process. This person must be capable of making decisions quickly.

Integrated Electric forms a cohesive team with members fully committed to the common needs and goals set by the owner. The key to our success is bringing the right team together to negotiate a win-win plan, as well as addressing the goals and needs of all team members to ultimately satisfy the owner or general contractor.

Our Design/Build team requires a good initial scope/program of detailed needs and expectations from the owner from which we develop a final product that meets or exceeds the goals of the owner or general contractor.

All members of our design team are experienced and capable in their fields. They have the ability to think “outside the box.”

Integrated Electric is capable of coming up with “win-win” solutions, which incorporate the best balance of cost, function, efficiency, maintainability, and delivery for that particular project.

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Employee Spotlight: Diane Guenthner

Diane GuenthnerThis month, Integrated Electric’s employee spotlight is shining on Diane Guenthner.

Diane currently serves as Integrated Electric’s Office Manager. Her many duties include accounts payable/receivable, collections, data entry, payroll, and human resources.

Diane was previously with Professional Electric, where she worked in the estimating department. She joined Integrated Electric in 2008 as a receptionist before being promoted to Office Manager. Diane is the organizational force that keeps the office on task and on track.

Diane has worn many hats and is very knowledgeable about the industry in several areas. She was instrumental in implementing the company’s employee benefits package. Her review of company insurance policies has saved the company money while at the same time increasing coverage.

Diane enjoys interacting with Integrated Electric’s customers, vendors, and employees and assisting them in with any needs they may have with complete confidence and efficiency.

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Electrifying Facts

lightning boltDid you know that…

  • Electrical injuries are one of the leading causes of work-related deaths.
  • Most electrical injuries occur in the workplace.
  • There are approximately 1,000 accidental deaths by electrocution each year in the U.S.
  • Electrical fires’ total annual fiscal impact is estimated to be more than $3.4 billion.
  • Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 310 Americans each year and injure 1,100 more.
  • Coal is the largest single primary source of energy used to generate electricity in the United States, followed by natural gas and nuclear (in that order).
  • Retail sales of electricity to U.S. households exceed sales of electricity to the commercial and industrial sectors.
  • The U.S. is the largest producer of electricity in the world, followed by China.
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Expect Longer Lead Times on Fixtures

expect delays with lead timesLead times for light fixtures with electronic ballasts that used to span two to three weeks have now lengthened to five to six weeks. Complicating matters is the GC’s practice of fast-tracking jobs only to learn that the lead time for luminaires is longer than the completion date for the project.

Lighting distributors have begun to report longer lead times for electronic ballasts from all major manufacturers. This will cause significant delays in fixture delivery dates and will surely disrupt project scheduling and deadlines. Distributors and manufacturers are forecasting the longer lead times to continue well into 2011.

Adding to the demand for electronic ballasts, in July, 2010, the federal efficiency standards regulating fluorescent magnetic T12 ballasts took these ballasts off the market. As of July 1, 2010, ballast manufacturers were prohibited from manufacturing these ballasts.

Without magnetic ballast replacements on the market, building owners are being forced to retrofit  their existing lighting fixtures with electronic ballasts.

Although new construction has already transitioned to the electronic ballasts, without magnetic replacement ballasts on the market, manufacturers cannot keep up with the added demand that the retrofit projects place on supplies.

The longer lead times are also attributed to a worldwide shortage of electronic components, including capacitors and integrated circuits.

To try to avoid missed deadlines, architects and GC’s may need to consider substitutions. Lighting fixture buys should be one of the first things done upon receipt of a contract.

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We’re Growing

solar installationIntegrated Electric has expanded our existing North Attleboro facility by an additional 1,500 square feet.

Increased sales in both our commercial projects and lighting retrofit divisions has necessitated the need for additional warehouse and office space.

A new estimating office was constructed, and construction of an additional conference room is planned. We have doubled the size of our warehouse, which will facilitate greater bulk buying of project material, which trickles down to lower prices for our customers.

Integrated Electric is also seeking qualified individuals to join our sales, service, and project departments. We expect to hire an additional four team members by the end of the year.

We have also grown into the Solar Energy installation market in partnership with Munro Energy. Solar will complement our lighting retrofit and demand response services, and round out our commitment to offering our clients a wide range of  energy-saving alternatives.

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