The Electrical Department with its staff of 20 Electrical Electrical Engineers and Electrical Designers (several of whom are registered Professional Engineers and or maintain LEED AP status) have the responsibility to support our HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Sprinkler Departments.
These Engineers gather electrical information from our HVAC, Plumbing, and Fire Protection Department Engineers and their equipment schedules to apply electrical load requirements to the electric riser diagrams and panel schedules which then enable us to meet with the local utility company to determine the most economical method of providing electric service to the proposed project.
After completing the appropriate information on our schematic electrical plans we then meet with one of many of the local Florida based utility companies such as Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy, Orlando Utility Co., Jacksonville Electric Authority, and Gulf Power to obtain their approval of our proposed Electrical Service to the project.
We have continued to maintain an excellent working relationship with the local Utility Companies which enables us to obtain this information for both permanent and temporary construction power very early on in the project which is usually on a critical path to the initial construction start date of every new project.
We have set the standard for vertical power distribution in very tall residential buildings by applying “stack vaults” which enables us to bring utility company voltage up into the building core to utility company vaults thereby eliminating the need for vertical bus ducts and allowing us to bring 120/240 volt power to the residential units thereby allowing all kitchen appliances within the dwelling unit to operate at maximum efficiency.
Our Electrical Department has also designed vertical power distribution systems for high rise Hotel and Office buildings whereas we have achieved LEED Gold accreditation by applying electronic sub metering along with emergency generator on demand branch circuits for shell office and retail tenant spaces within the same vertical distribution that is used for normal utility power to the tenant electrical panels.
We design the Emergency and Standby Power, Fire Alarm, and applicable Lightning and Surge Protection systems within each building to maintain compliance with local codes and ordinances and the integrity of the building’s Life Safety systems.
Additionally, we work with Lighting Consultants, Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects to apply the most energy efficient and the most cost effective lighting fixtures, lighting controls, and dimming systems to each project which enables us to provide the most efficient light sources for each of our projects.