In 2010, Cupertino Electric served as general contractor to replace two Department of Defense SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory substations without impacting the facility. The utility substation replacement project was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Cupertino Electric was able to deliver the project two months ahead of schedule.
To successfully replace the two substations for SLAC, Cupertino Electric took a sequenced approach. We built a complete 12 kV temporary substation to feed Substation No. 26, while the new replacement substation was being built. Once the new substation was built, cut-overs installed and the old substation de-energized, tthen transferred the temporary power to the next substation to be replaced, Substation No. 40. To ensure a smooth transition of utility power, we took out the permanent power, installed temporary power and reinstalled new power at the two substation locations.
As part of the project scope, Cupertino Electric also completed structural improvements at the substation sites, including painting and lead abatement. Two months before the project’s scheduled completion date, our team transitioned the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to permanent power and was able to value-engineer $200,000.00 in savings out of the project to return to the customer