Case Studies

Power Plus Inc.

Diversified commercial electrical services in Boise, Idaho

Power Plus Inc. has been providing quality electrical contracting services to clients in Boise, Idaho, and the surrounding areas since 1993. Established by Mark McKibben and Ron Hanna, the business has grown significantly for more than a decade. Power Plus specializes in commercial and industrial work and now serves clients throughout Idaho as well as Oregon and Nevada.

With an employee base that ranges from 50 to 200 union electricians, Power Plus is able to tackle projects ranging in size from small retail service work to major industrial construction projects as well as signalization and illumination projects for highways, airports and other transportation infrastructure.

As a member of the Idaho Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the company perpetuates a strong reputation for quality, safety and efficiency. A range of clients – including commercial general contractors, the state of Idaho, regional municipalities and private businesses – rely on Power Plus for consistent, leading performance on electrical construction and service contracts.

Powerful performance

“What sets us apart is our ability to work on jobs of all sizes,” says McKibben. “We’re out every day wiring new major commercial construction projects, small retail stores or an entire stretch of state highway.” The team has a wide range of talent to ensure customer satisfaction across a wide range full spectrum of projects, including industrial, commercial and traffic signalization.

Dan Krishnek, vice president and project manager for Power Plus, oversees many of these diverse contracts throughout Idaho and its border states. “Commercial work is where we have seen the most activity lately,” he explains. “While industrial work is something we have the capacity for, there hasn’t been as much going on.”

On the commercial end of the spectrum, Power Plus has several projects in development. “We’re doing the City Center in downtown Boise with ESI,” Krishnek elaborates. “We’re wiring the Valley Regional Transit Center at the bottom of the building for bussing. Then there are a nine-story and a five-story building on top of that.”

The team is currently wrapping up an 18-month project for the National Guard. The Operational Readiness Training Center (ORTC) includes multiple buildings on a large site. Scope of work for Power Plus included site work, all electrical, fire protection, special systems, power and lighting. The company is also finishing up work on an office building for the Bureau of Reclamation. The extensive remodeling project has a projected completion date in September 2015.

“Our service department is doing well with service and small projects,” says Krishnek. “The traffic signal division is doing well too. We have some bigger projects that we are completing this fall including the I-84 meridian interchange and the Gowen interchange – one at the east end of town, one at the west end. We also have a lot of other miscellaneous traffic signal work, one we’re just starting in downtown Boise as part of the Downtown Boise Implementation project. We are redoing a lot of signals downtown. We have another project underway in our traffic division at the Boise Airport. They are extending taxiway B over to the SkyWest hangar.”

“Also on the construction side, we have a few projects at the Veterans Affairs hospital and some potential for more work coming up there,” he adds. “We’ve been on-site there for the past five or six years on miscellaneous projects.”

Keeping up with the market

McKibben and his colleagues measure success by backlog – right now, the company has a strong set of projects coming up over the next year. “Our backlog tells us how healthy we are,” he explains. “Right now I’d say on a scale of one to ten, we’re at a five.”

The team will continue to take on new opportunities as they arise. “The market looks good in our area,” adds Krishnek. “Everyone is relatively busy and there is quite a bit of potential work coming up. We are going to be really busy, so right now we are trying to position ourselves to take the right projects.”

While strategic, steady growth is a staple of the company’s contingency plan, Krishnek adds that remaining active in the community is a major value for Power Plus. “We try to stay involved with our community,” he explains. “We donate to quite a few schools, both money and resources – particularly schools here in Boise.”

The firm also remains anchored to the region as a member of the Idaho Chapter of NECA. The association helps to supplement training, networking and provide resources that keep the electrical sector of the construction industry growing and safe. NECA membership also serves as a sort of seal of approval for contractors, letting potential clients know they can expect value and integrity from Power Plus and its co-members.

With a steadily growing backlog, Power Plus Inc. will continue to provide quality and safety in work, delivering efficient and high-performing projects to commercial, institutional and industrial customers throughout Idaho and beyond.

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