McPhee’s Service Division recently completed work on the Parkville Microgrid System in Hartford, CT.
The project constructed a microgrid system powered by fuel cells that will help manage electricity costs and supply emergency power to a portion of the city’s Parkville neighborhood. McPhee provided the manpower and expertise to complete underground electrical work, fuel cell AC and DC wiring, static and automatic transfer switch work, and installed and tested all of the communication including the fiber optic demark extension.
Due to owner supplied equipment delivery delays, the entire job was wired within just nine days by McPhee Service Electricians, a job that normally would have taken over 15 days! Notable names on the project were Jeff Lachance (foreman), Pete Cunningham, Gary Drake, Mike McMerriman, Rob Ennen, Tommy D’nofrio and Trevor Albert. Great job guys!
About the Microgrid System
During non-emergency operation, the 800-kilowatt microgrid system is designed to provide 100 percent of the electricity for Parkville Elementary School, Dwight Branch Library, Parkville Senior Center and Charter Oak Health Center. In the event of an electrical grid outage, the system will provide emergency power to these locations in addition to a local fuel station and grocery store. Excess electricity generated by the system will reduce electricity costs at four local schools: Bulkeley High School, Hartford High School, Weaver High School and the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy. [From Bloom Energy]
McPhee Electric is participating in the 2016 Connecticut Step Out Walk to STOP Diabetes on Saturday, October 1st.
We’d love for you to join our team as a walker or virtual walker! Click here to visit our team page.
McPhee has employees, family, & friends living with diabetes and pre-diabetes and know that healthy lifestyles can help manage both of these conditions. We’re stepping out to raise awareness in our state and support the nearly 30 million American adults and children living with this incurable condition.
McPhee is a designated Corporate Health Champion by the American Diabetes Association. In 2015 McPhee joined the exclusive inaugural class of just 103 Health Champions across the nation. McPhee recently went through the re-application process to maintain our Health Champion standing and expects to hear this fall.
McPhee Electric is part of the team constructing a world-class, $150-million orthopedic center and ambulatory surgical center to bring all of the Bone & Joint Institute’s orthopedic and musculoskeletal treatments under one roof at Hartford Hospital.
As part of its HH2020 master plan, Hartford HealthCare broke ground on a new orthopedic facility in October 2014. The Harford Hospital Bone & Joint Institute’s dynamic, sculptural form expresses the hospital’s aim to become the leading institution in comprehensive musculoskeletal care for the northeast region while addressing the hospital’s need for increased ICU, operating room, and private patient room spaces.
McPhee is providing all electrical work for the construction of the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital, a five-story inpatient building with 130,000 square feet of space being built on a vacant lot nearby to the current Hartford Hospital campus. The facility was designed and is being built to the orthopedic motto, “Life in Motion.”
McPhee is providing the following scope of work:
- Installation of complete equipment grounding system per NEC requirements
- Provide connections to HVAC, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Automatic Temperature Control, General Contractor and Owner furnished equipment
- Furnish and install all power wiring connections and conduit (120 volt) as required for alarm panels and metering devices
- Furnish and install necessary seismic restraints for electrical equipment in accordance with the Connecticut State Building Code
- Furnish and install vibration isolation materials and equipment to eliminate excessive noise and vibration from building electrical systems
- Complete power system studies including short circuit, protective device coordination, and arc flash hazard analysis studies
- Provide electrical acceptance testing per NETA standards
- Provide through-penetration firestop systems
- Furnish and install a complete lighting control system & lighting, isolated power system equipment, a three phase, on-line, solid state Uninterruptible Power System, complete lightning protection system, surge protective device system,
- Furnish and install all low voltage distribution equipment for new building and renovated areas of the existing building
- Furnish a Life Safety, Critical, and Equipment power generation and automatic transfer system
- Furnish and install a new microprocessor based, fire alarm, detection and emergency communications system and in-building two-way radio enhancement system operating on Hartford Fire Department frequencies
McPhee is honored to be the recipient of a Build CT Award for Specialty Contracting - Electrical from the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut.
McPhee was presented with the award at the 69th AGC/CT Annual Meeting held at the Aquaturf in Plainville on February 11th. McPhee received the award for our recent CT Fastrak Intelligent Transportation & Communication System project. McPhee provided all security & telecommunications infrastructure for the new 9.4 mile busway linking New Britain to Hartford. McPhee was responsible for the design, coordination, documentation, supply, delivery, installation and integration necessary to deliver a fully functional 14-mile 10 gigabyte redundant network along the busway. Click here for our full project profile.
Along with our specialty electrical award, our major subcontractors Trapeze Group & Siemens Industry, along with the owner Connecticut Department of Transportation, also received Merit Awards from the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut. McPhee would also like to recognize other subcontractors Kerr Electric and Daktronics for their work on this project.
Project Manager, Brian Parent, received the award and said a few words on behalf of the company. "I would like to recognize and thank our principles Mike & Marcus McPhee, Project Managers, RCDD Engineer Chris Lappen, Vice President of Estimating, Julie Blum, engineering staff - especially Jake McPhee, and all contributions from our utility & cellular divisions for supporting this project. Last, but certainly farthest from least I would like to recognize our extremely talented field personnel that worked on the project."
Shown in the photo from left: Marcus McPhee (President), Brian Parent, Chris Lappen, Jim Lynes (Project Managers), Frank Ferrucci, President, AGCCT.
McPhee Electric, Ltd. has achieved the Corporate Health Champion Designation from the American Diabetes Association. This designation recognizes companies and organizations that inspire and encourage organizational well-being and is part of the Association’s Wellness Lives HereSM initiative.
“McPhee is honored that our commitment to making the health and wellness of our employees a priority has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Our goal is to encourage the adoption of healthy habits which will benefit our team members, their families, and our company’s productivity and morale overall,” said Marcus McPhee, President.
McPhee joins the exclusive inaugural class of just 103 Health Champions across the nation. To qualify for the Health Champion Designation, a company must meet healthy living criteria in three areas: Nutrition and Weight Management, Physical Activity, and Organizational Well-Being. McPhee completed the application with the help of Blue Back, LLC, their wellness advisor and benefits broker. The award was presented on Friday, December 11th by Christopher Boynton, the Executive Director, New England from the American Diabetes Association.
Wellness Committee leader Christine Conroy says, “It’s exciting to be recognized for our hard work in promoting employee well-being. This award really highlights our employees’ embracing a positive culture of health at the workplace.”
Pictured from left: Meghan Martinez (BlueBack), Christopher Boynton (ADA), Robert Benzinger, Christine Conroy, Michael Balinskas, Ellen Gallant, Julie Blum, Eric Thompson (BlueBack)