Anticipating Electric Vehicle Charging Needs at Commercial Properties

As the electric vehicle (EV) revolution gains momentum, commercial property managers and builder owners face a new challenge: preparing for the rising demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. With an increasing number of businesses and individuals embracing sustainable transportation, the need for accessible and efficient charging solutions is becoming paramount. Below are some proactive strategies to meet the growing demand for electric vehicle charging at commercial properties.

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OlympiaTech Employee Chili Cookoff

Last week we held our annual chili cook off in the office. Our service manager, Daryl Sittig, took first place, our project manager, Matt Backus, took 2nd place, and our service coordinator, Juli, Durant took 3rd place. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Identifying and Mitigating Workplace Electrical Hazards

Electrical hazards in the workplace pose a significant threat to the safety and well-being of employees. From office settings to industrial environments, it’s crucial to have a thorough understanding of the potential risks and preventive measures. Below is a list of some of the top electrical hazards in the workplace and strategies to mitigate these risks.

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The Real Cost of Deferring Electrical Maintenance

While deferring electrical maintenance might seem like a cost-saving measure in the short term, it can have far-reaching consequences and ultimately result in higher expenses and risks. Electrical systems are critical for maintaining day-to-day operations, and neglecting upkeep can lead to equipment failures, fire hazards, increased energy consumption, compliance issues, shortened equipment lifespans, safety risks for occupants, and potential legal or insurance complications.

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How to Keep your Electrical Systems Running Smoothly this Summer

In the summer, facility managers and property owners should take certain steps to ensure the proper functioning and maintenance of their building’s electrical systems. Here are some important items to consider during the summer season:

  1. Inspect and clean electrical equipment: Regular inspection of electrical equipment, such as circuit breakers, transformers, and panels, is essential. Ensure that they are free of dust, dirt, and debris. Clean or replace air filters in electrical cabinets or control rooms to maintain proper ventilation. Continue reading “How to Keep your Electrical Systems Running Smoothly this Summer”

Byron Bacon Retires from OlympiaTech Electric

Byron Bacon recently retired from OlympiaTech Electric His last day was May 26, 2023. Byron worked at OlympiaTech for the last 8 years and most recently held the position of director of estimating. Join us in wishing Byron well in his new adventures in retirement!

Engaging Electrical Contractors Early in the Design Build Process

Engaging electrical contractors early in the design build process for commercial buildings is important for several reasons:

  1. Expertise: Electrical contractors bring specialized knowledge and expertise in electrical systems, codes, regulations, and industry best practices. By involving them early, you can benefit from their insights and input during the design phase. They can provide valuable guidance on the feasibility, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of various electrical design options. Their expertise ensures that the electrical systems are properly planned and integrated into the overall building design.
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Rebekah Curran’s New Role

Rebekah Curran recently took on a new position as a special projects coordinator. She previously worked as an administrative assistant. In this new role, Rebekah works with the service department and special projects division to assist with project related organization, communication, and administration.

Bruce Larson joins OlympiaTech as Senior Estimator

Bruce Larson recently joined OlympiaTech as the newest member of the estimating team. Bruce will take on the role of senior estimator. He has many years of experience in the electrical industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Welcome to the team, Bruce!

Electrical Considerations for New Construction Projects

Reviewing electrical considerations before constructing a new building is crucial for safety, compliance, functionality, integration, and future-proofing. It ensures that the electrical system is designed and implemented in a way that meets the building’s needs, adheres to regulations, and provides a safe and efficient environment for occupants. Here are some of the important aspects to consider:

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Considering a Renovation? Here are some electrical considerations to review.

When renovating a building, property owners should take several electrical considerations into account. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Electrical System Evaluation: Before starting any renovations, it’s crucial to assess the existing electrical system’s condition and capacity. Determine if the system can handle the increased electrical load that may result from the renovation. Consider consulting with a licensed electrician or electrical engineer to evaluate the system and provide recommendations.
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The Importance of Arc Flash Studies

An arc flash study, also known as an arc flash hazard analysis or arc flash risk assessment, is a comprehensive assessment conducted to evaluate the potential for arc flash incidents in an electrical system. It involves analyzing the system’s electrical components, equipment, and configurations to determine the incident energy levels and arc flash boundaries that may be present during a fault or abnormal condition.

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