Chapter Corner

Newsroom & Insights: November/December 2015

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Hawkins Electric Service: Pike 3400

Hawkins Electric Service received the 2015 IEC Excellence in Construction - Residential (multi- family, mid-rise buildings above three-stories) Award for its work on Pike 3400, a six-story mixed-use building in Arlington, Virginia. The building houses 257 individually-metered residential, multi-family units; six retail spaces; and an underground parking garage. The unique amenities in this building include a pool with fire pits, barbeque/bar area, fitness center, club house, and a dog park on the roof.

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Corrigan Electric: Hacet Dream Home

Corrigan Electric received the 2015 IEC Excellence in Construction - Residential (Single-family home) Award for its work on the Hacet Dream Home, a 10,350 square foot home located in Prospect, Kentucky. The home features two master suites, kitchen, formal living room, dining room, butler’s pantry, wine cellar, bar, exercise room, hobby room, media room, home theater, elevator, and 4-car garage.

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Service Entrance and Short Circuit Currents

Service entrance equipment can present unique challenges when it comes to proper application of electrical equipment. The service point is the point of demarcation between utility and premise wiring. Our discussion today will springboard off of a previous article that focused on calculating short-circuit currents. Let’s focus on the proper application of the equipment at the service entrance location in the power distribution system. We’ll reference the National Electric Code® (NEC) but with an understanding that this is also the point of demarcation between the National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC) and the NEC. Regardless of the code jurisdiction under which the application falls, when you drop back to the basics of electrical principles, we gain an understanding to help in the proper application of electrical equipment at this and any other location in the power distribution system. Attention to detail is warranted for safety.

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The Opportunities and the Opportunity Costs of the ACA

Contractors who have been around the block won’t be surprised at this stage to hear that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is entering full swing and that the first round of mandatory reporting is approaching in early 2016. Companies that haven’t already counted the costs that the new requirements may create may be counting those costs later if they get a bill from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Additionally, the variable hours and seasonal workforces that often characterize the construction industry may have contractors regularly doing math to assess their obligations and control their expenses under the healthcare law. Yet with so much focus on the costs of mandated coverage, it’s easy to lose sight of some of the opportunity costs that can be saved, as well as opportunities gained, for employers that take a positive and creative approach to their ACA compliance.

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