October 14, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV, No. 19


CONTENTS
NECA Releases New Standard for CCTV Installation

Electrician Shortage Derails Track Opening in Baltimore

Florida Electrical Contracting Companies Available for Acquisition

Gulf Coast Industrial Damage Assessment Reports Minimal Damage

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seeks Bids for Arms Training Facility at Fort Carson, Colo.

Virginia County Solicits Bids for Historical House Renovation

Business Briefs

Pennsylvania Contractor Fined for Eight Violations

NAHB Schedules Construction Forecast Conference

IEEE Canada to Hold Workshop

Reed Construction Data Presents the BuildingTeam Summit


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    Around the Circuit
    NECA Releases New Standard for CCTV Installation
    NECA recently announced the latest publication in its National Electrical Installation Standards series. NECA 303-2005, "Standard for Installing Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)," prescribes procedures for video surveillance cameras used in security applications. For a downloadable PDF of the new standard, visit NECA's Web site.


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    Electrician Shortage Derails Track Opening in Baltimore
    The section of light-rail track in Baltimore from North Avenue to Timonium will not open as planned in October because of a shortage of electricians needed to complete the project. About 40 electricians were needed, but only 20 were actually on the job site. According to Maryland transportation officials, the track will not open before early December. The shortage also means a delay for the final section from Timonium to Hunt Valley, originally slated to open in December but now postponed until January. The shortage, a problem from the beginning of the project, was made worse by the damage caused the hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. The contractors, GE Transportation Systems of Blue Springs, Mo.; Massachusetts Electric of Boston; and Cherry Hill Construction of Jessup, Md., will not be expected to pay a penalty.

    Florida Electrical Contracting Companies Available for Acquisition
    A full-service electrical contractor with ties to central Florida's commercial and residential markets and an electrical contractor specializing in new construction, repairs, and remodeling in northeast Florida are for sale. The former company consists of more than 100 radio-dispatched panel trucks and bucket-lift trucks and 120 electricians with gross annual sales of $12,826,303. The selling price for listing 21417 is $7,950,000. The latter company has 22 service and support vehicles and 25 employees, including two with Master Electrician licenses. The owner, who holds a state-certified Master Electrician license, will act as qualifying agent for one year at no additional charge. Gross annual sales for listing 24248 are $2,968,165, and the selling price is listed at $970,000. For more information and a contact name, reference the five-digit listing number in an e-mail to mergers@firstlist.com.

    Gulf Coast Industrial Damage Assessment Reports Minimal Damage
    In a recent article on damage assesments of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, Washington Post staff writers reported that most oil refineries, chemical plants, and major ports of the oil patch remain largely undamaged. Company officials and industry associations claim that most refineries near Houston showed no major problems. According to the assessment, the most serious damage seems to be at a Valero Energy Corp. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The company reported that the damage would require two weeks to a month to repair. Shell Oil Co. reported wind damage at its Port Arthur-based Motiva Enterprises LLC refinery. Marathon Petroleum Co. reported minimal damage to its Texas City refinery, and Citgo Petroleum Corp. reported minor damage to its Lake Charles, La., refinery.


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    Project Watch
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seeks Bids for Arms Training Facility at Fort Carson, Colo.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently requesting bids for the construction of a combined arms training facility and urban assault course at Fort Carson, Colo. The scope of the interior electrical work includes, but is not limited to, a lighting system for the training building, power distribution system, service equipment, panelboards, motors, fire alarm system, building/site fiber-optic system, conductors, cable trays, and camera monitoring system. Exterior electrical work includes underground primary line/pad-mounted transformers/switches, underground secondary services, underground fiber-optic system, parking lot and street lighting systems, and lighting fixtures above all exterior doorways and on the building surface for all buildings. Deadline for proposals is Nov. 9. For more information, view the solicitation at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Web site.

    Virginia County Solicits Bids for Historical House Renovation
    The Recreation and Parks Department of Henrico County, Va., is requesting proposals for architectural and engineering services for the Dabbs House renovation. The house is located at 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. The renovation includes site lighting services and electrical systems and materials. For more information, contact the County of Henrico, Department of General Services, P.O. Box 27032, 1590 E. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23273-7032. The deadline for proposals is 3 p.m. EST on Oct. 21. To download bid documents, visit the county's Web site.


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    Cooper Lighting recently announced a call for entries for the 29th annual Source Awards, its national lighting design competition. The competition is open to all lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers, and consultants who have used Cooper Lighting fixtures in a completed interior or exterior lighting design project. Students currently enrolled in an educational interior design, architectural, lighting, or engineering program will be judged in a separate category, based on a conceptual lighting design project that uses Cooper Lighting fixtures. The deadline for entries is Dec. 2. For more information, contact Karin Martin by phone at (702) 349-7190 or by e-mail at kmartin41@aol.com.
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    Eye on Safety
    Pennsylvania Contractor Fined for Eight Violations
    Federal workplace safety officials recently issued a fine for $54,000 to Malvern, Pa.-based MainTech Corp., a support services contractor for JetBlue Airways. The company is accused of failing to properly train and protect a worker who was electrocuted when he came in contact with an energized 480V electrical box while working on the roof of Terminal C at Logan International Airport on July 27. OSHA's investigation found that the electrical box had not been disconnected and its power source "locked out" prior to the work being started. The investigation concluded that procedures to do so had not been developed and no qualified person had verified that electrical circuits and parts had been de-energized. In addition, the investigation found the victim and a second worker had not been trained in safe electrical work practices nor had they been supplied protective gloves and face protection.

    Shows and Events
    NAHB Schedules Construction Forecast Conference
    The National Association of Home Builders semiannual Construction Forecast Conference has been scheduled for Oct. 19 at the NAHB National Housing Center in Washington, D.C. Industry experts, such as David Berson of Fannie Mae and Kermit Baker from Harvard University, will discuss national and regional trends, remodeling, and the price of building materials. To register for the conference, visit NAHB's Web site.

    IEEE Canada to Hold Workshop
    The Northern Canada and Southern Alberta Sections of IEEE will host the Electrical Safety, Technical, and Mega Projects Workshop from Oct. 24-26 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Technical presentations are scheduled for Oct. 24, safety presentations will be given on Oct. 25, and keynote speaker Vince Rowe, Marex Canada Ltd., will present the Mega-Project Presentation, "Cables, Cable Jackets and Applications" on Oct. 26. For more information and to register, visit the IEEE Canada Web site.

    Reed Construction Data Presents the BuildingTeam Summit
    Reed Construction Data announces the newly renamed BuildingTeam Summit. The event is scheduled for Oct. 27-28 at the InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. This year's speakers include Thom Mayne, winner of the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize; Lou Dobbs, anchor and managing editor of CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight;" and Clayton Christensen, Ph.D., professor at Harvard Business School and author of The Innovator's Dilemma and the Innovator's Solution. To register for the event, visit Reed Construction Data's Web site.

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