For more than 65 years, corporations, public entities, 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 usually the first call when project 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 forward-looking companies to realize their vision. Since our humble beginnings, we have grown in the last six decades to serve sophisticated customers in a variety of industries. Despite our evolution and geographic reach, we are still guided by a few steadfast values: integrity, excellence, innovation, people and safety.
After returning from working in Morocco, Eugene “Gene” Ravizza purchases Kucher Electric for $12,500 and renames it Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI). The company gets its start by wiring homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
CEI’s reputation for integrity, technical engineering and quality grows. Foothill College awards CEI a campus electrical project. CEI builds its education project portfolio and lays the foundation for future technology projects in Silicon Valley.
Cupertino Electric designs and installs the electrical infrastructure at Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the first semiconductor fabrication facilities. This early success leads to projects with Siliconix, National Semiconductor and Hewlett-Packard (HP).
The early tech boom continues, and Cupertino Electric helps build Intel’s headquarters. Based on its growing reputation as a problem-solver, CEI is asked by HP to expand its geographical reach and salvage a project in Colorado.
CEI expands into healthcare, completing a large Silicon Valley hospital project for Good Samaritan.
Cupertino Electric designs and installs the electrical systems for the massive 1 million-gallon water tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Cupertino Electric acquires Collins Electric and opens an office in San Francisco, California, expanding its commercial presence and reach in Northern California.
Jim Ryley, who started as an apprentice in the 1950s, becomes the second CEO of Cupertino Electric.
CEI repurposes a manufacturing building on North 7th Street in San Jose, Calif., to become its corporate headquarters. The facility gives the company room to grow its operations.
Cupertino Electric builds Miami’s Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas, the first carrier-neutral network access point that links Latin America and the Caribbean with the rest of the world. It's called “one of the most significant telecommunications projects in the world” by Verizon Terremark.
In just four short months, CEI designs and builds the electrical system at the Thunder Valley Casino & Resort, which is like a mini-city. It is the first casino project for CEI.
Siemens hires CEI to build the 400 MW, 200 kV TransBay Cable project, installing two converter stations for a new submarine HVDC transmission link between Pittsburg and San Francisco, California.
CEI builds the largest solar project on a single corporate campus for Google and creates a solar-focused division in the process.
CEI expands into the Los Angeles area by opening a local office.
CEI builds the Lodi Energy Center, a 1x1 combined-cycle, nominal 296 MW Siemens “Flex Plant 30” power generation facility with a natural gas-fired turbine generator.
John Boncher becomes CEI’s third CEO, doubling CEI's revenue during his tenure.
CEI creates the modular construction company “NxGen” with a partner construction company. Three years later, the focus shifts and CEI moves the business in-house to focus on prefabricated modular data center projects for high-tech clients.
CEI completes its third utility-scale PG&E solar project, installing 85 MW of energy generation in roughly two years for the utility. ENR ranks CEI the largest electrical contractor in California.
CEI begins work at San Francisco International Airport, launching the first of many public infrastructure projects at the site, including the Harvey Milk Terminal.
CEI delivers the 1.8 million square-foot Levi's Stadium for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers ahead of schedule as Design/Build electrical contractor.
CEI is ranked California’s largest solar EPC company by Solar Power World (and again in 2016), thanks to large-scale projects like Copper Mountain Solar 3 and the Antelope Valley Solar Project.
Tom Schott becomes president and CEO. CEI reports record $1.25 billion in revenue, thanks to geographic expansion into several states, including Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah.
CEI is ranked the largest electric vehicle (EV) charging station installer for PG&E.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headworks project breaks ground, demonstrating CEI’s commitment to public infrastructure projects.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupts all industries, including construction. CEI leads by protecting employees with one of the industry’s most stringent Exposure Control Plans (ECP).
The massive, multi-year UC Merced campus project is unveiled and awarded LEED Platinum status.
In May 2021, CEI announces first the annual “Ravizza Award” winners honoring company founder Gene Ravizza.
In July 2021, Solar Power World ranks CEI one of the 10 largest EPC solar contractors in the U.S.
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awards the UCSF Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision in San Francisco, Calif., with a National Award of Merit.
In September 2021, the 49 South Van Ness Project in San Francisco, Calif., wins a 2021 International Partnering Institute (IPI) Project of the Year Award.
The UC Merced 2020 project in Merced, Calif., is recognized at NECA 2021 Nashville for earning the 2021 Project Excellence Award in the Educational category.
Cupertino Electric closes the year with its largest revenue number in company history: $1.625B.
CEI creates the CEI Gives Foundation, a separate non-profit entity that funds CEI’s charitable giving and volunteering programs.
With new data center and utility-scale energy projects throughout the country, CEI works in more states than ever before. Between 2020 and 2022, it begins work in Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon and Washington, adding to its bedrock regions of California, Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah.