Chapter Corner

Beacon Electric Company: Festo Regional Service Center

Posted in: November/December 2015

beacon.jpgBeacon Electric received the 2015 IEC Excellence in Construction - Industrial (contracts between $1,500,001 to $5,000,000) Award for its work providing electrical construction for the state-of-the-art Festo Regional Service Center (Festo RSC) in Mason, Ohio. The Festo RSC provides automation solutions for U.S., Canadian, and Mexican customers.

The Festo RSC is a two-story, 225,000-square-foot building, composed of a structural steel frame with concrete spread footings and a mechanically-fastened TPO roof system. The building’s interior consists of 50,000 square feet of administrative space, 145,000 square feet of production logistics space, and a 30,000-square-foot mezzanine. A cutting-edge compressed air system was installed throughout the production logistics areas, along with an automated storage and retrieval system that both expedites and streamlines the inventory distribution network.

Beacon_Punchlist.gifThe scope of work provided by Beacon Electric included a 4000-amp service, 200kw generator, two 40kva UPS systems, lighting and controls, convenience power devices, fire alarm system, lightning and grounding protection, security card key and CCTV surveillance system, complete tele/data network system, and power and control to the Witron material handling system. On top of that, Beacon Electric also installed 30,000 feet of conduit raceways, 500,000 feet of wire, 3,000 feet of bus duct, 11,000 feet of unistrut, and 1,200 light fixtures.

One challenge of the project was when the electrical switchgear, coming out of Mexico, was delayed two weeks due to a manufacturer’s SAP conversion. In order to keep the project on schedule – in particular the installers of the Witron material handling equipment – Beacon Electric installed a temporary generator until the switchgear arrived. Maintaining power for 24 hours a day was necessary to keep the project moving.

A prefabricated Unistrut Grid system over production areas saved numerous hours during this project by assembling offsite in a controlled environment and then rigging in place after support rods were dropped from the ceiling structure. The Unistrut Grid system support all the lights, power, air piping, data, and controls for the assembly process at Festo RSC.

“Beacon portrayed a high knowledge of their trade and were able to use this to adapt and react quickly to the large and small issues that occurred throughout the project,” said Jeff Smith, project manager for Evans General Contractors.