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Comprehensive Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade

Genesis led a significant overhaul of the electrical infrastructure at our client’s Pennsylvania main campus, a well-regarded center for research and development. The project operated without interruption, encompassing the following key aspects:

  1. Addressing identified code violations.
  2. Replacing the diesel generator with a natural-gas counterpart, securely housed in an external enclosure.
  3. Upgrading specific automatic transfer switches and their accompanying feeders for improved efficiency and reliability.
  4. Expanding the ground floor electrical room through the construction of a new annex.
  5. Enhancing the infrastructure’s robustness by replacing three existing building substations.
  6. Improving operational efficiency by replacing the preexisting Motor Control Centers.

Our approach required close collaboration with the building operations team and lab end-users. This included carefully coordinating utility shutdowns, integrating new systems, and navigating the complexities of demolition to minimize disruption to building operations. These challenges were amplified by the unique logistical intricacies arising from the building’s construction type, constrained mechanical/electrical room spaces, and the ongoing scientific endeavors permeating every corner of the building.

We also devised innovative solutions to address constraints posed by the existing building structure, including intricate strategies for material and construction access, as well as meticulous choreography of utility routing and distribution.

As a notable achievement, we expanded the building with a new section, while seamlessly integrating a state-of-the-art natural gas generator. This task required careful management of underground utilities, potential soil contamination, and heightened site security due to its proximity to the campus perimeter.

The culmination of this project showcases Genesis’ expertise in tackling complex challenges with innovation and dedication.

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  • R&D: Research and Development. A specific type of activity that businesses use to innovate and introduce new products and services or improve their existing offerings.
  • Automatic Transfer Switches: Electrical equipment that switches a load between two sources, typically switching between a main electrical power source and a backup generator.
  • Feeders: Electrical lines or circuits that transport electricity from a main source or generator to the distribution system.
  • Substations: Part of an electrical generation, transmission, and distribution system. They transform voltage from high to low, or vice versa, and perform other important functions.
  • Motor Control Centers (MCC): An assembly of one or more enclosed sections having a common power bus and principally containing motor control units.