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2019 Industry Advancements – Staying Ahead of the Curve

As technology rapidly changes, electrical contractors must stay up-to-date on industry advancements— their jobs depend on it. Advancements in tools, lighting, machinery, accessories and more, frequently allow for electrical jobs to be completed faster, more efficiently and often times even more cost effectively. In addition, many of these advancements help trades workers to be safer on the job.

Aarow’s Installation Challenges Working On NIH’s 24/7 Hospital Fire Alarm Replacement

Starting July 25, 2017, Aarow Electrical Solutions was awarded a contract with JV EGI/HSU to replace the active fire alarm infrastructure within NIH main hospital. There are three 14-story risers plus penthouses in the building 10 hospital East, West, center, and five 8-story risers plus penthouses in the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center (CRC), both under one roof, all of which received the new infrastructure.

The Electrical Alliance Supports SkillsUSA

The Electrical Alliance has been a long-term supporter of SkillsUSA, a national partnership of students, teachers and the industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.

IBEW Local 26 Member Spotlight: Steve Swaney

Fourth-Year Apprentice Steve Swaney is not quite like most of our Local 26 apprentices. At 51 years old, he finds himself a few decades older than most of his fellow apprentices in the program. While most people his age would be hesitant about returning back to school at this stage in their life, Steve is excited by the educational opportunities he has at his disposal and the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career.

A Helping Hand This Holiday Season

IBEW Local 26 was busy this December collecting food and charitable donations to benefit S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) in Washington, D.C. Collected donations totaled over $8,000 worth of food. Generous contributions were provided by IBEW Local 26, day and night school students of the JATC and holiday party donations from Local 26 members. Electrical Alliance contractor C3M Power Systems LLC contributed cash, as well as food donations; and, Perlectric., Inc, another Electrical Alliance contractor, donated Giant Food gift cards. IBEW Local 26 has held an annual holiday food drive since 2008.

Electrical Alliance Leader Honored After 36 Years of Service to the Industry

The Electrical Alliance, the DC Chapter of NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), and IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 26 are pleased to announce that Andy Porter, former Executive Director of the DC Chapter of NECA, was inducted into the Academy of Electrical Contracting at the 2018 NECA Convention, September 29 – October 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2018 Project Highlight: Power Solutions Completes Work for New S.T.E.M. School

This spring, a project two years in the making was completed, allowing a new S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program near Leesburg, VA to open its doors to students for the 2018-19 school year. Electrical Alliance contractor, Power Solutions, installed all electrical services and metering; the power distribution system; all interior, emergency, exterior, and building facade lighting; and the fire alarm, grounding and lightning protection systems at The Academies of Loudoun.

Singleton Electric Powers Water Treatment Facility in Virginia

Singleton Electric Powers Water Treatment Facility in Virginia

Singleton Electric, an Electrical Alliance contractor, ran 100 miles of wire as part of its effort to power the new Trap Rock Water Treatment Facility in Loudoun County, VA. To meet the current and future demands of the region’s growing population, the state-of-the-art facility was designed to be expandable and the processes scalable. Achieving this goal required the contractor to install 650,000 feet of conduit, 9 motor control centers and 200,000 feet of fiber.