A HISTORY of innovation

For more than 60 years, corporations, utility companies, developers and high-tech leaders have relied on Cupertino Electric to design and execute first-of-their-kind electrical systems.  Our history of delivering technically-complex projects fast, without compromising quality or safety, means that we are often the first choice when failure is not an option.

Founded in 1954 by Gene Ravizza and Pete Kraljev, Cupertino Electric has fueled innovation in and around Silicon Valley by supplying the infrastructure that has enabled tech companies to realize their vision. Since our humble beginnings, we have grown in the last 60 years to serve sophisticated customers in a variety of industries across the nation. Despite our evolution, we are still guided by a few steadfast values: we value integrity, excellence, innovation, people and safety in all that we do.

Timeline

1954
Eugene Ravizza purchased Kucher Electric and renamed it Cupertino Electric, Inc.
1959
Cupertino Electric works at Foothill and DeAnza colleges, accelerating the company’s involvement in the education market.
1960
Cupertino Electric designs and installs the electrical infrastructure at Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the first semiconductor fabrication facilities, and the rest is Silicon Valley history.
1964
Cupertino Electric establishes the electrical contracting industry’s first profit-sharing plan.
1970
Cupertino Electric helps build Intel’s headquarters, followed by the company’s first chip fabrication plant.
1974
Healthcare project for one of Silicon Valley’s largest hospitals solidifies Cupertino Electric’s medical market experience
1985
Cupertino Electric designs and installs Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 1 million gallon tank that houses some of the ocean’s most treasured creatures.
1989
Cupertino Electric expands its Northern California footprint by acquiring San Francisco-based Collins Electric, establishes San Francisco presence.
1996
Cupertino Electric opens Phoenix, Arizona office.
1998
Cupertino Electric changes the electrical landscape in Silicon Valley by acquiring Frank Electric, a rival San Jose-based electrical contractor.
1998
Cupertino Electric enters the data center market during the “tech boom,” working for some of the most successful technology companies in the world.
2000
Company relocates to San Jose to accommodate a growing workforce and robust support center.
2001
Cupertino Electric expands into and quickly dominates the booming data center market by building Miami’s “NAP of the Americas,” the first purpose-built, carrier-neutral Network Access Point specifically designed to link Latin America with the rest of the world. Deemed “one of the most significant telecommunications projects in the world” by Verizon Terremark.
2002
Cupertino Electric constructs a peaker power plant in El Cajon, Calif. in an unprecedented 12 weeks.
2003
Cupertino designs and builds its first casino project in four short months, a 2,000-slot machine casino in California.
2004
Company celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
2005
Cupertino Electric is an early green building supporter as a company vice president receives one of the earliest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications from the U.S. Green Business Council in the industry.
2005
James S. Ryley is promoted to chairman of the board of directors; John Boncher becomes president and chief operating officer.
2007
Cupertino Electric fully embraces green building and sustainability, joins the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC).
2007
Cupertino Electric’s Energy Alternatives Division is established after being the first to install the largest corporate solar photovoltaic system in the United States for Internet giant Google.
2007
Cupertino Electric formally expands into Southern California by opening an office in Santa Fe Springs.
2007
Cupertino Electric receives Turner Construction's coveted “Henry Subcontractor of the Year” award for safety excellence...
2008
Cupertino Electric is named “Subcontractor of the Year” at the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's Structure Awards...
2009
Cupertino Electric begins work on the 400 megawatt (MW), 200 kilovolt (kV) TransBay Cable project, supplying two converter stations for a new submarine HVDC transmission link running from Pittsburg to San Francisco, Calif.
2009
Its first year in the competition, Cupertino Electric is voted one of the "Best Places to Work in the Bay Area."...
2010
Jim Ryley retires and John Boncher becomes President and CEO.
2010
Cupertino Electric builds the largest solar farm under construction in the United States for Southern California Edison.
2010
Cupertino Electric begins work on the Lodi Energy Center, a 1x1 combined-cycle, nominal 296 MW Siemens “Flex Plant 30” power generation facility with natural gas-fired turbine generator.
2011
Cupertino Electric wins PG&E's prestigious "Generation Supplier of the Year Award" after successfully completing two utility-scale solar projects totaling 35 MW for PG&E...
2011
Cupertino Electric is recognized as a "Top Corporate Philanthropist" by the San Francisco Business Times for its commitment to the community...
2012
Cupertino Electric begins substation work on the large-scale Copper Mountain Solar 2 plant for Sempra Energy in Nevada.
2012
Cupertino Electric is named "Specialty Contractor of the Year" by ENR California for the company’s focus on innovation, solar project growth and community involvement...
2012
Cupertino Electric begins construction on the future home of the Superbowl and the San Francisco 49ers, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif...
2012
Cupertino Electric opens a Solar Technology Evaluation Laboratory at its headquarters in Silicon Valley to explore new technologies and methods to give customers the best solutions at the best price.
2012
Cupertino Electric is awarded the AGC of California "Safety Award of Excellence" for specialty contractors working more than 1 million hours...
2012
Cupertino completes its fifth successful, utility-scale solar PV project for PG&E in Central California to help the utility meet a 250 MW clean energy initiative.
2013
Cupertino Electric’s modular team begins work on a fast-track data center for a social media leader.
2013
Cupertino Electric is again awarded the AGC of California "Safety Award of Excellence" for specialty contractors working more than 1 million hours. That same year, the company earns national safety honors from AGC of America as a safety awards finalist...
2013
Cupertino Electric acquires data center engineering and commissioning firm, California Data Center Design Group.
2013
Cupertino Electric begins work on the largest utility-scale solar project under construction in the United States, Solar Star 2.
2014
Cupertino Electric installs solar panels at the 279 MW Copper Mountain Solar 3 site in Boulder City, Nevada for Sempra Energy, working alongside AMEC on one of the largest solar projects under construction in the United States.
2014
Cupertino Electric celebrates its 60th Anniversary in business.
2014
Southern California office wins several NECA Los Angeles-based awards, including the Terry Perkins Safety Award and an Electrical Excellence Award for outdoor and BMS lighting.
2014
Cupertino Electric designs, builds and donates solar system for non-profit, RAFT, as part of a skills-based philanthropic effort.
2014
Cupertino Electric completes work on the Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers...
2014
ENR California recognizes Cupertino Electric as largest California Electrical Contractor based on 2013 revenues.