Eldor Contracting Corporation
Eldor Contracting Corporation (Eldor) has steadily advanced to the forefront of the electrical contracting field in just 35 years by providing high-quality services and the ability to handle complex projects. Eldor, which began as a traditional electrical contracting operation, evolved under the leadership of Nicolaus Feldmann and Alan Lang, president and executive vice president of Eldor respectively.
Recognizing both the need and the opportunity, Eldor took the plunge into renewable energy. Today Eldor is equally recognized for its success as a full-service electrical contractor, as well as for the team’s ability to make renewable energy investments a reality. Throughout Eldor’s history the team has upheld the values of integrity, quality and dedication for every project.
“We’ll handle everything from a small commercial project to a major wastewater treatment plant and we set the same quality standards for each,” insists Kurt Feldmann, project manager at Eldor.
Eldor headquarters are located on Long Island in Holtsville, N.Y., which allows the company to serve clients across the immediate tri-state area and the Eastern Seaboard. Eldor offers the gamut of electrical contracting services, including design-build services.
The company boasts roughly 200 employees, but can easily flex its manpower based on a client’s needs. As a result, Eldor goes beyond the standard menu of electrical contracting services to offer clients assistance in the range of both high- and low-voltage specialties. The company’s services include telecommunications, networking, lighting, airport lighting and controls, as well as wastewater treatment systems, instrumentation and process control systems.
Renewing a Historic Structure
If a client requires assistance in something unique, the appropriate in-house staff is assigned to the project team, leveraging the company’s deep experience. Such was the case when Eldor was contracted to oversee the electrical work at the newly renovated and expanded Central Park Police Precinct in New York City. The park has had its own police department since the 1930s, but the department eventually outgrew the 1870s stables it occupied. Demolishing the structures was out of the question, so the architectural team devised a lightweight metal canopy to float above the building, covering the interior courtyard and creating a central circulation space.
The city enlisted Eldor to outfit the newly arranged space with a full range of advanced information technology, security and life safety systems in addition to other security features. As a historic preservation project, though, Eldor was challenged to work around the multiple teams completing work at any given time. The team was also required to rewire the entire facility, while respecting the integrity of the historic structure, which reopened in 2010.
It is evident that the Eldor team has seen its fair share of challenging projects over the years. While some were more daunting than others, the company has made a point of turning challenges into learning opportunities. “It was a big leap of faith for us to commit so significantly to renewable energy, but we’re very happy we did,” admits Kurt.
Taking the Plunge
Eldor understands that clients can be equally as squirrely about taking the plunge into renewable energy. To boost its pedigree, Eldor had the team’s professionals certified by a host of leading renewable energy authorities. Eldor employees currently maintain certifications through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Renewable Energy Long Island, as well as UL-Certified Photovoltaic System Installers.
Eldor employs a staff of renewable energy experts with on-the-ground expertise and a portfolio of completed projects already under the team’s belt in wind and solar energy. The company’s renewable energy track record includes a range of photovoltaic installations – from the ground-mounted installation at Calverton National Cemetery in Long Island to the installation of a 1-megawatt system installed atop carports at the Brentwood Train Station, also in Long Island.
Evidence of its proven track record came when a private solar developer decided to install one of the largest networks of solar carports in the country, and Eldor emerged as the most reliable choice. “The Solar Carport Project was a challenge, because we’re dealing with installations at seven municipal parking lots and there’s bound to be site-specific surprises at each,” adds Kurt.
The Solar Carport Project has been arranged through a power purchase agreement between LIPA and a leading renewable energy developer. The network of carports will produce a total of 17 megawatts using roughly 60,000 solar modules in parking lots across Suffolk County, N.Y., which will be connected to LIPA’s extant energy grid. Eldor came onto the project as general contractor and construction manager, coordinating closely with LIPA to install seven medium-voltage switchgear lineups, 24 500-kilowatt inverters and 24 medium-voltage step ups, as well as handling all commissioning, telemetry and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) components.
The systems will be rolled out sequentially into operation, the earliest of which went live in 2012. As Eldor approaches its 35-year anniversary, the company will have an extensive list of successfully delivered projects to reflect on. It will be the team’s commitment to leading the electrical contracting industry and embracing technology that will keep Eldor Contracting Corporation ahead of the pack for years to come.
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