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.
Value engineering in commercial electrical construction involves finding ways to optimize costs without sacrificing quality or functionality. Here are some value engineering ideas for commercial electrical construction:
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.
With the changing of the seasons, property owners and facility managers should review their electrical and mechanical systems to ensure safety, efficiency, and proper functioning. Below is a checklist of items to review as the season changes from summer to fall.
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.
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:
- 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”
Engaging electrical contractors early in the design build process for commercial buildings is important for several reasons:
- 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.
Continue reading “Engaging Electrical Contractors Early in the Design Build Process”
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.
Overall, electrical preventative maintenance plays a crucial role in ensuring safety, reliability, efficiency, compliance, and cost-effectiveness of electrical systems. It helps businesses and individuals mitigate risks, optimize operations, and protect their investments in electrical infrastructure.
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:
When renovating a building, property owners should take several electrical considerations into account. Here are some key points to consider:
- 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.
Continue reading “Considering a Renovation? Here are some electrical considerations to review.”
Congratulations to John Wetterlund on his retirement. John has been with OlympiaTech for 22 years.
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.
A preventive maintenance checklist for electrical distribution systems in commercial buildings typically includes various tasks and inspections to ensure the system’s safety and reliability such as:
Electrical contractors play a valuable role in the design-build process by providing their expertise and input during the design phase. Here are several ways in which electrical contractors can assist with design-build projects:
OlympiaTech Principal, Paul Kosmides, has been inducted to the Academy of Electrical Contracting. The Academy of Electrical Contracting honors outstanding leaders in the electrical contracting industry who have rendered exceptional service to the industry and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
We would like to welcome our newest team member, Tony Kosmides. Tony recently joined OlympiaTech as a Tool & Technology Support Assistant. In this role, he will assist field operations with the planning, implementation, and coordination of on-site technology needs at our project sites. Tony will also oversee the asset management process as the Hilti OnTrack administrator.
OlympiaTech was proud to join forces with other industry partners to volunteer at the Power Girls camp hosted by Girl Scouts River Valleys. The week-long camp is organized by Girl Scouts River Valleys and gives school-aged girls the opportunity to learn about the construction trades and participate in hands-on construction projects alongside trades workers and other industry professionals.
Dick’s House of Sport is now open in the former Sears space at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, MN. The store is a new concept being rolled out by Dick’s Sporting Goods. House of Sport is more than a retail store, it’s a sports destination and interactive experience.
Electric vehicle use is increasing rapidly as adoption becomes more mainstream and as more and more automakers are coming out with electric and hybrid model offerings. Rising gas prices are also contributing to the accelerated demand for electric vehicles.
Additional growth is on the horizon due to the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act enacted in November which includes $7.5 billion to build out a national network of EV chargers across the country. This act is part of a larger national agenda aimed at reducing carbon emissions, which includes a goal to make 50% of all new vehicles sold in the United States zero-emission vehicles by the year 2030.
OlympiaTech is proud to partner with Ironmark, Cuningham, and UP Campus Properties on the 801 15th Avenue SE project conveniently located in Dinkytown near the U of M campus.
“I wanted to thank you for all the professionalism on this project. You are a cut above any electrical company I’ve ever worked with and I truly mean that.
As you know, major supply chain disruptions are still taking place in our industry and changes are happening daily. The two main issues we are experiencing are price increases and extended lead times. We are working closely with our vendor and supplier partners to optimize inventory, negotiate pricing, and manage logistics to the best of our ability but we are unable to control the constantly changing market conditions.
OlympiaTech Electric CEO Seaen Kosmides was recently appointed as president of the Minneapolis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). She was officially sworn in on January 8, 2022 at the Minneapolis Chapter Recognition Dinner and Installation of Officers held in Minneapolis. Ms. Kosmides is the first-ever woman to hold the presidential seat in the chapter’s 69-year history.
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Tanya Erickson is taking on a new role as operations manager for OlympiaTech.
OlympiaTech Electric is pleased to welcome Ty Phommachanh to its in-house electrical design team.
OlympiaTech Electric was recently recognized for “WBE Excellence” by Mortenson Construction at the Mortenson Choice Awards. The WBE Excellence award is presented to an outstanding woman-owned firm that has worked on a project with Mortenson within the last two years. OlympiaTech was selected for its “excellent communication practices and strong commitment to teamwork” on the Fort Snelling revitalization project.
OlympiaTech recently completed the construction of a multi-tenant core and shell retail outbuilding at Rosedale Center with VCC Construction along with the build-out of PNC Bank tenant with Gardner Builders.
Riley Olson recently joined OlympiaTech Electric as the newest member of the project management team. Continue reading “OlympiaTech’s Newest Project Manager, Riley Olson”
OlympiaTech CEO Seaen Kosmides give an overview of “who we are and what we do” in a video interview with Power Partner MN.
OlympiaTech is putting the finishing touches on the 270 Hennepin, 22-story, mixed use tower in downtown Minneapolis.
OlympiaTech Electric recently completed the electrical construction of the Bridgewater Bank Corporate Headquarters building in St. Louis Park, MN. In addition to the corporate offices for Bridgewater Bank, the property also houses a full-service, ground-level retail bank branch, restaurant, fitness studio, and expansive outdoor plaza with greenspace and public seating.
Cherne Industries, part of the Oatey Co. family of brands, recently completed a historic move of its headquarters and manufacturing operations — its first in more than 60 years — to a newly constructed, 130,000-square-foot facility located in Shakopee, MN, situated 25 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis. OlympiaTech was proud to be the electrical partner for the project.
OlympiaTech Electric was proud to join forces with other industry partners at the Power Girls Camp in June. The week-long camp is organized by Girl Scouts River Valleys and gives school-aged girls the opportunity to learn about the construction trades and participate in hands-on construction projects alongside trades workers and other industry professionals.
OlympiaTech Electric is pleased to announce the addition of Dan Graupman to its project management team.
Women-in-NECA Twin Cities (WIN-TC) founder and OlympiaTech CEO Seaen Kosmides, along with the rest of the WIN-TC chapter, hosted a virtual panel discussion on advancing inclusion and diversity in the construction industry. The event was planned in conjunction with Women in Construction Week 2021 which is organized by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
Kat Wisegarver recently joined the OlympiaTech Electric team as a project coordinator.
With the start of the new year, property owners and managers are preparing for their 2021 projects and improvement programs – including preventative maintenance for building systems. Preventative maintenance of critical building equipment can help identify and correct issues before they become major problems. These proactive actions will help ensure that electrical systems are performing at optimal levels and reduce the chances of costly downtime. Now is also a great time to review safety best practices to ensure your facility is operating safely, in compliance, and up to code.
As we navigate these times of change together, we want you to know that OlympiaTech is here for you and we can help prepare your facility for the transition to the new normal. The pandemic has forced the adoption of new ways of working and many of our clients are turning to us for help with the implementation of new concepts and technologies at their facilities, including:
Don’t forget to reset your time clocks, timers, generator exercise timers, and building management systems this weekend for the end of Daylight Saving Time. It’s also a great time to check any batteries in your time clocks, smoke detectors, fire alarm, and security systems.
As a longtime member of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), OlympiaTech will participate in the NECA Safety Stand Down for COVID-19 taking place on April 29, 2020 to recognize its own essential workers, as well as the many electricians across the country, who continue to work on critical construction projects during the pandemic.
Valued Clients and Partners,
As you know, Governor Walz has issued a “stay at home” order requiring all Minnesotans to stay at home, subject to certain exceptions, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. OlympiaTech is considered an essential and critical business sector so we are exempt from this order pursuant to the Emergency Executive Order 20-20.
This means OlympiaTech will remain operational during this two-week period which begins on Friday March 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM and ends on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
Valued Clients and Partners,
As you are all aware, there’s a rapidly developing public health concern regarding COVID-19 spreading in the United States and around the globe. OlympiaTech is committed to protecting the health and safety of our clients, partners, vendors, employees and their families, and the greater community.
Construction is well underway on 270 Hennepin Avenue, a 22-story, 340-unit, mixed-use residential tower with two levels of underground parking in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female team members. Today’s feature is on AnnMarie Aho, who is an electrical design associate here at OlympiaTech. Here is what AnnMarie has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female team members. Today’s feature is on Tiffanee Kiecker. Tiffanee is finishing up her electrical apprenticeship program and working towards becoming a journey(wo)man electrician. Here is what Tiffanee has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female team members. Today’s feature is on Alisha Wright, one of our project coordinators. Here is what Alisha has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female crew members. Today’s feature is on Jenna Johnston. Jenna completed her electrical apprenticeship program with OlympiaTech and is now working as a journeywoman. Here is what Jenna has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
On February 5, 2020, Mortenson Construction hosted a group of young women from Girls Taking Action at their headquarters office in Minneapolis for an event focused on construction careers. The goal of the event was to educate the future workforce about the many exciting career paths available in the construction industry. The event featured a variety of booths educating middle-school girls about different career choices including human resources, marketing, accounting, project management, virtual reality, construction field operations, and electrical construction.
OlympiaTech Electric has appointed Chad Gasca as its new president. Chad has been with OlympiaTech for 21 years and most recently served as vice president. He started his career with OlympiaTech as an electrical apprentice and has occupied many roles within the company. He is also the master electrician for OlympiaTech. Mr. Gasca will be taking the reins from 20-year president, Paul Kosmides who is a co-owner of OlympiaTech along with his sister and business partner, Seaen Kosmides.
OlympiaTech Electric is proud to announce its national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Development Center-Midwest, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Olympiatech recently hired Alisha Parker as its newest project coordinator to help support the company’s continued growth.Continue reading “OlympiaTech Electric Welcomes Alisha Parker, Project Coordinator”
Property managers, facility managers, and building owners know how disruptive the loss of power can be. Being without power, heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, security, and a fully functioning facility can be more than just an inconvenience. When a building experiences electrical failure, tenants are at risk of losing information, damaging equipment, disrupting schedules, and costly downtime – all of which can lead to costly repairs or equipment replacement costs. That’s why electrical preventative maintenance is a necessary investment. While it may seem costly to perform regular preventative maintenance, it really can save you thousands in disruption and repairs.Continue reading “Benefits of Performing Electrical Preventative Maintenance”
The driving force and momentum behind OlympiaTech Electric is our dedicated team. We are truly powered by our people! Today, we are talking to Jessi Noble, our director of marketing and business development.Continue reading “Employee Spotlight: Jessi Noble”
OlympiaTech Electric has appointed Seaen Kosmides as the company’s chief executive officer. Ms. Kosmides has been with OlympiaTech full-time since 2001 and has held the role of vice president for the last eight years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a diverse background to her new role of CEO having strategic leadership experience that spans finance, investments, operations management, human resources, safety, technology systems, and entrepreneurship.Continue reading “OlympiaTech Electric Appoints Seaen Kosmides as Chief Executive Officer”
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden renovation project was featured in the December issue of Electrical Contractor Magazine. We were proud to be a part of this landmark project with Mortenson Construction, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the entire project team.
OlympiaTech vice president and partner, Seaen Kosmides, joined four other women in a panel discussion at the National Association of Women in Construction’s 2018 Midwest Regional Fall Conference last Friday. The women spoke about overcoming hurdles and finding success in the construction industry.Continue reading “Seaen Kosmides Sits on Panel for NAWIC 2018 Midwest Region Fall Conference”
The driving force and momentum behind OlympiaTech Electric is our dedicated team. We are truly powered by our people. Get to know the OlympiaTech team in our employee spotlight feature. Today, we’re introducing you to our senior project coordinator, Tanya Erickson.
In an era of rising energy costs and declining budgets, energy conservation is a must for property owners. An easy way to reduce energy consumption in commercial and industrial properties is through the use of occupancy sensors. Occupancy sensors allow lights to be turned on only when a room is occupied therefore eliminating unnecessary lighting.
The driving force and momentum behind OlympiaTech Electric is our dedicated team. We are truly powered by our people. Get to know the OlympiaTech team in our employee spotlight feature. Today, we’re introducing you to dedicated project manager Nick Kosmides.
OlympiaTech is proud to have participated in Alliance Housings’ recent renovation at 2011 Pillsbury Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN. Alliance Housing builds and manages quality housing for people with low incomes or those who need transitional housing to get back on their feet.
The driving force and momentum behind OlympiaTech Electric is our dedicated team. We are truly powered by our people! Get to know the members of the OlympiaTech team more personally in our employee spotlight feature.
Today, we’re introducing you to superintendent, Rich Storck. Rich has been with OlympiaTech for 17 years. He started out working in the field and then held the role of service manager for many years before moving into his current role as superintendent.
The Hub Minneapolis, a 26-story residential tower on the University of Minnesota campus, recently received recognition for becoming a MNSHARP construction worksite. The Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Program (MNSHARP) is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s Workplace Safety Consultation division and is awarded to projects that exceed OSHA standards. Continue reading “The Hub Minneapolis is Recognized as a MNSHARP Worksite for Exceeding OSHA Standards”
The driving force and momentum behind OlympiaTech Electric is our dedicated team. We are truly powered by our people! Get to know the members of the OlympiaTech team more personally in our employee spotlight feature. Today, we’re introducing you to one of our rockstar project coordinators, Juli Durant.
The newest housing development geared towards students and young professionals on the University of Minnesota campus is almost ready for tenants to begin moving in. The project team for The Hub on Campus Minneapolis, a high-rise residential tower adjacent to Moose Tower, celebrated the completion of construction with a grand opening event complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
LED is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED lighting lasts longer, is more durable, and offers better light-quality than other types of lighting. As the purchase price of LED lighting continues to decrease, more and more property owners and facility managers are upgrading their lighting systems with LEDs, given the benefits LED offers compared to traditional technologies.
OlympiaTech Electric was recently recognized by Adolfson & Peterson Construction for its safety initiatives on the Minneapolis Public School’s Adult Education Center project by awarding OlympiaTech with its 1st Quarter Subcontractor Safety Award.
May is National Electrical Safety Month so we’d like to share some of the most common on-the-job electrical hazards encountered. Recognizing and addressing potential hazards in your facility is necessary to maintain a safe working environment and prevent accidents from occurring.
Congratulations to Seaen Kosmides, vice president of OlympiaTech Electric, for being elected to serve on the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Minneapolis Chapter’s Board of Directors for an initial 2-year term. Other new members elected this year include Jerry Hein of ECSI and Phil Myers with Collins. Seaen will be recognized for her appointment to the board, along with the other new members, at the upcoming Recognition Dinner and Installation of Officers on January 5, 2018.
Community involvement is one of the many ways we can help make a difference in the community where we live and work so when we have the opportunity to help support our community and a valued client of ours, we jump at the opportunity!
With support from the Minneapolis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Seaen Kosmides, vice president and partner of OlympiaTech Electric, founded a Women in NECA chapter here in the Twin Cities (WIN-TC) to foster engagement and participation from women within the electrical industry.
Ryan Companies has committed to sponsoring a house with Habitat for Humanity for the next three consecutive years with a generous pledge each year and a goal of matching its initial pledge through fundraising efforts and sponsorships from its partners, subcontractors, and vendors.
Construction has begun on the 3-story facility that will house the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Adult Education and Transition Plus programs which are currently being offered at other locations.
The MPS Adult Education program offers classes and resources for more than 6,000 adults annually in the areas of academics, workforce literacy, and basic life skills.
Northern Stacks IV, an office/warehouse project totaling 177,600 SF, is moving right along with completion scheduled for fall of 2017. The building is part of phase three of four phases located within Northern Stacks, a master-planned urban-industrial development located along the Mississippi River in Fridley, MN.
Finance & Commerce recognized it’s Top Projects of 2016 at its annual awards ceremony held on July 26, 2017 at Minneapolis Event Center. A panel of experts in construction and closely-related industries selected the 33 honorees for 2016. OlympiaTech was proud to have provided electrical construction services for two of the recognized projects including Hewing Hotel and Star Exhibits. The Hewing Hotel project entailed renovating the historic Jackson Building in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood into a Nordic-influenced, boutique hotel. Star Exhibits was a design-build, new construction project to house Star’s Minneapolis headquarters.
AVI Systems, an employee-owned technology integration service company, redesigned and expanded it’s Eden Prairie, MN office from 35,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet. The redesign was part of a company-wide rebranding effort.
We have some exciting changes happening in the OlympiaTech Electric Service Department. Rich Storck, our service manager of many years, is transitioning into a new position as superintendent. In this new role, Rich will oversee project manpower. As such, we are excited to introduce to you, the two newest members of our service team who will be taking care of you, Julie Chapman and Daryl Sittig.
A new 200,000 SF office, warehouse, and manufacturing facility was built for Star Exhibits, a tradeshow and retail design company. As the design-build electrical contractor on the project, OlympiaTech worked closely with Star Exhibits to understand its goals, requirements, areas of opportunity, and future capacity needs, to design a tailored facility-solution.
Work is well underway on the Rosedale Center expansion and renovation project. The two-year renovation project will include updates to the interior and exterior to provide an enhanced experience for visitors as well as a new parking deck and other exciting additions. The mall will remain open and fully operational during construction and the project should be complete in time for the 2017 holiday shopping season.
The newest housing development at the University of Minnesota campus is underway on the corner of Washington Avenue SE and Harvard Street. When completed, the 26-story tower will house 407 units and ground-floor retail space, comprising 429,041 square feet. The tower will boast views overlooking the Mississippi River, the University of Minnesota Campus, and the downtown Minneapolis skyline.
The historic Jackson Building located in the North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis was recently converted to a posh, boutique hotel. The building, which was once a farm equipment showroom, had taken on a new persona and will forever be known as the Hewing Hotel.