We have a Winner!!

Andrew Gibbs with Mott McDonald was our big winner in Dallas of our YETI COOLER. Mott McDonald; a global Engineering Consulting Firm, was just one of the over 300 firms that attended the 88th Annual Illuminating Engineering Society Fall Technology Conference this past week.

As a Manufacturing Firm that supplies to airfields globally, this was a very successful show.

Brett Bieberdorf, Andrew Gibbs, Jacey Sutton, Art Gonzales

Jacey Sutton joins Rural Electric

Jacey Sutton Is our newest member of the Rural Electric team. Brought on as our Business Development Manager – she will be strengthening our industrial and airport division, as well and increasing our brand awareness for our Manufacturing Division.

ABA Mixer

Proud to be a member of the Arizona Builders Alliance. Attending Various Networking Events like the successful mixer held September 20th At Gcon.


IESALC Conference 2017

Brett Bieberdorf

Attending The Airfield Lighting Technology Meeting In Dallas

October 22nd – 26th, Booth # 32.

Looking forward to another terrific IESALC Conference!

IES Airfield Lighting Conference 2015

Brett Bieberdorf

Another great technical meeting with the crew from IESALC.  Denver was this years location and the you really couldn’t have asked for a better place.  Great papers, networking and all things aviation, airfield lighting and Navaids made for a good opportunity to bring home some new knowledge.  Art Gonzalez and Kief Hough were also in attendance!

Sky Harbor Sky Train – T3 update

The Sky Train at Sky Harbor International Airport will soon be arriving to Terminal 3! Rural Electric, Inc. has been selected by McCarthy-Kiewit JV to provide the electrical installation for Stage 1A GMP 4. This project started in May 2013 and consisted of many overnight shifts to complete a numerous amount of different power outages and cutovers to this very busy airport.

We were contracted to complete the Grand Hallway at Terminal 3 from the Connector Bridge at Sky Harbor Boulevard and extend into Terminal 3 which allows passengers to easily navigate to their gates. In order for this Grand Hallway to be built we needed to relocate a large portion of the existing kitchen to Bowtie’s Restaurant. Working many overnight shifts when the restaurant was not occupied allowed us to relocate Distribution Panels, Transformers, Panel boards, Lighting Control Systems and Light Fixtures. Once the kitchen was relocated we were able to begin working on the Grand Hallway which included over 100 recessed LED fixtures, low-voltage string lights and architectural fixtures.

Another scope of our work was to extend an outdoor walkway from the Terminal 3 Sky Train Station to Terminal 2 which would allow passengers to connects to their gates. This installation included exterior wall packs, under canopy fluorescent fixtures, architectural sign lighting and security systems.

Our team which consisted of John Colonna (PM), Jaxon Kelley (PE) and Erick Flores (Foreman) has kept this project on schedule and under budget. We continue to build powerful connections with McCarthyKiewit JV, City of Phoenix and Gannett Fleming.

LAX Update

The pace of work is picking up at the LAX – TW T project. The site is due west of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), which is an impressive engineering feat in itself. Our project is the construction of TW T which parallels TW S which is right in front of the TBIT. There are several large, old hangars that some of the airlines use for maintenance that prevent TW T from being a continuous, parallel TW, but LAX has plans to demo these buildings and finish the last piece of the TW in the future.

What is really impressive is the number of large aircraft that fly in/out of LAX. It is not uncommon to see 3 or 4 Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 aircraft all lined up at the same time. These aircraft make 767′s look small and 737′s look downright puny. Phoenix Sky Harbor, for example, may only see a 747 arrival once per day.

The project is interesting and complicated in the fact that it contains multiple types of work in a relatively compact site. Airport lighting (in-pavement and edge), medium voltage distribution, high mast apron lighting, 400hz generation/distribution, and jet fuel system control/montoring are all part of the scope. Lots of retrofit work, phasing conflicts and aircraft detours add to the challenge.

Our team of Kief Hough, Lance Attaway and Geoff Eden keep everything running smooth as we stay ahead of what the airport needs, the engineer wants and Coffman Specialties (our GC) has to have to make schedule and build a safe and quality project.

San Angelo Project

My New Year’s Resolution for work was to get out of the office more (you can have business resolutions, right?). Well, my first trip of the year was a swing through Texas to see our San Angelo project start up. Darrell Bar Jr is kicking this one off accompanied by all the Knippa guys.

A pretty straight forward project, installing new lights, wire and home runs for their primary instrument runway 9/27, it is nonetheless important. The system is quite old and current reliability of the system is questionable. In 2 months however, San Angelo – Mathis Field will be the proud owner of a new runway lighting system!

IES Airport Lighting Conference 2013

It is October (my busy time of year), which also means it is time for the IES Airport Lighting Conference. It is a week that is packed full of networking, hearing about the latest trends and technology advances in the airfield lighting industry. Rural Electric has been representing at the conference since 1997 and am still impressed every year at the quality of the people and information at this conference.

Yesterday afternoon was the “Day Show”, which is the only time that vendors (who help tremendously in paying for the show), get an opportunity to market their products to the dozens of airports, engineers and contractors that attend the show. The show is only about 4 hours long, and with over 300 attendees, it makes for a “fast and furious” day of business development and marketing. The bang for the buck factor is fantastic.

This year’s conference is in Tucson at Lowes Ventana Canyon resort. The location is beautiful and serene, right at the foothills of the Catalina mountains with the city of Tucson in the distance. The food and service have been impeccable, and the executive committee and Ken Lepera, as committee chair, have done a fantastic job ensuring all 259 attendees have been well taken care of.

Tonight is the closing banquet and that will finish up this years successful conference. It will be at the Pima Air and Space Museum (an epic location for an aviation related conference). I am already looking forward to hearing about next year’s venue and seeing my industry pals for another great conference next year.

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