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Cupertino Electric Project Awarded California Construction's "Best of 2009" Among K-12 School Buildings

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Award-Winning Sacred Heart Schools' Science and Student Life Center Building Features Electrical Work and a Roof-Mounted Solar Array Designed and Constructed by Cupertino Electric

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Cupertino Electric, Inc.'s Energy Alternatives Division (CEI-EA) today announced that the Sacred Heart Schools' Science and Student Life Center in Atherton, Calif. featuring a solar array designed and installed by Cupertino Electric has been given California Construction's "Best of 2009" Award for Northern California in the K-12 school category.

"We are proud to have assembled a first-rate team for the Sacred Heart Schools' project," said Bill Helfrich, preconstruction manager for DPR Construction, the general contractor. "We targeted, and are expecting, to achieve LEED for Schools Platinum certification. Cupertino Electric's ability to install both the electrical within the building and then safely design and build a solar photovoltaic system allowed for a seamless integration and played a critical role in the project's success."

Project Specifics

The award-winning, two-story Michael J. Homer Center for Science and Student Life (Homer Center) was built by DPR Construction, Inc. along an east/west axis to maximize the solar photovoltaic (PV) system designed and installed by Cupertino Electric. The 40 kilowatt (kW) roof-mounted PV system at Sacred Heart is designed to significantly reduce the school's energy costs and is anticipated to generate approximately 1,153,259 kWh of energy over the lifetime of the system. In addition to installing the solar system at the Homer Center, Cupertino Electric also provided traditional electrical contracting services to the building.

Real-time statistics on the electricity generated by the solar PV system at the Homer Center are available online at:

Award Criteria

The "Best of 2009" Awards are determined by an independent jury of California-based industry experts in design and construction. The experts assign points to construction submissions based on criteria including project management, overcoming challenged of the job, overall excellence in architectural or engineering design, innovation, safety and the contribution to the community and/or the construction industry. For more information on the awards process, visit:

About Cupertino Electric, Inc.

Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is a nationally-recognized, premier provider of electrical contracting services headquartered in San Jose, California. With more than 50 years of experience transforming the electrical industry, CEI is consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 Design/Build Contractors in the United States. CEI Energy Alternatives (CEI-EA) is a division of CEI devoted to analyzing, engineering, procuring and constructing state-of-the-art solar and alternative energy solutions to meet specific customer energy needs, as well as sustainable building and operating goals.

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