Team McPhee stepped out against hunger in Connecticut last weekend!
Though a chilly and cloudy day for spring, 15 members of Team McPhee walked along with 3,500+ participants to raise awareness and raise funds for Foodshare. Statistics were shared at the event that 1 out of 8 people in Connecticut are hungry.
Supporting Foodshare supports self-sufficiency, self-respect and health. Foodshare distributes millions of meals worth of food each year, including millions of pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Additionally, they develop programs to aid people in finding work, managing budgets, and bring together local resources to combat the underlying causes of hunger.
To make a post-event donation to Team McPhee click here.
McPhee Advanced Technologies Group (MATG) has recently combined forces with Native Sons, Ltd (NSL) and has been awarded a contract to perform the replacement of twenty-two (22) electronic video messaging and directional transportation displays on the Mohegan Sun reservation in Uncasville, CT.
The project scope first developed in early 2014 when representatives from Mohegan’s Transportation Department reached out to Native Sons in an effort to have repairs made to the existing displays along the boulevard and adjoining roadways. The contractor that had been providing service to the displays in the past lacked the necessary training and experience to perform the complex troubleshooting and identification of the LED displays control components and the series-enabled fiber optic infrastructure that encircles almost two-thirds of the casinos roads.
NSL and a few of the service technicians from MATG worked together to perform the necessary repairs to the various displays. Shortly thereafter, MATG was engaged by Mohegan to perform a systematic assessment and evaluation of the displays. This analysis also required review and documentation of the fiber optic system and its components. The final conclusion was that the circa 2002-2008 displays were at their end-of-life and a reservation wide replacement was in order.
As an Authorized Service Contractor for Daktronics Corp of South Dakota, the McPhee Advanced Technologies Group team was well versed in the new LED display technologies and were able to provide a cost-effective solution for replacing the over-the-road, side-of-the-road (blade) and open/close signage.
One of the biggest obstacles to this project was the elimination of the series fiber optic topology (in & out of each display) and the install of a new star topology (direct connection to each display). The MATG design team was able to propose an infrastructure that was based on not only the four new displays but also provide fiber optic strands at strategic locations for future replacements.
ABC Sign of Shelton, CT has been engaged to perform the removal and replacement of the displays. Scheduled completion for this project is June 2017.
Team McPhee is participating in the 34th Annual Foodshare Walk Against Hunger. The walk steps off at on Sunday, May 7th and we hope you can join us!
McPhee has been a longtime supporter of Foodshare as we believe no one should go without. Through our annual holiday charity donations McPhee and it’s sister Phalcon organizations have donated over $500,000 to local and national charities serving those special populations that require assistance. Now we are asking you to take action and Walk Against Hunger in our community. We encourage you to join our team or donate to this worthy cause.
Walk Against Hunger Details
When: Sunday, May 7th 2017
2:00 PM Walk Starts, arrive by 1:30 PM
Where: Liam E. McGee Memorial Park, Hartford (on The Hartford’s campus)
Entry Fee: Free, fundraising is strongly encouraged
Bring the whole family along for an active afternoon. Wear your McPhee green! Participation by McPhee employees is eligible for Viverae wellness points!
Click register, join an existing team, and search for Team McPhee
The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger began in 1983 and is now the largest anti-hunger event in the state of Connecticut. Foodshare is our region’s foodbank and serves Hartford and Tolland counties. In 2016, Foodshare distributed food for 11.5 million meals but that was not enough to meet the growing demand. 137,000 people in these two counties are hungry, the majority of whom are children and seniors. Foodshare’s goals are to increase the amount of food available coupled with bringing down the need for food by helping people find greater stability.
Adapted from Foodshare’s website at www.foodshare.org
McPhee Electric, Ltd. was recently awarded the technology package at the new Pratt & Whitney Aircraft World Headquarters/Engineering Building in East Hartford, Connecticut. McPhee also was awarded the electrical portion of the project working through general contractor John Moriarty & Associates.
The technology project scope to date entails the installation of one million feet (1,000,000’) of CommScope-Systemax Category 6A cable distributed among twelve individual telecommunications rooms (TR’s) and terminated on almost five thousand seven hundred (5,700) field terminated data jacks (modules).
A combined eight thousand feet (8,000’) of a 48-strand OS2 singlemode and OM3 multimode fiber optic cabling coupled with just over three thousand (3,000) fusion spliced pigtails will be utilized for network uplinks to the TR’s.
McPhee Project Managers Jim Lynes and Chris Lappen, RCDD, are overseeing both packages and Foreman Keith Wasilefsky is charged with field coordination onsite. Continued progress will be made through project completion slated for late 2017.
A rendering of the new Pratt & Whitney facility (courtesy of Pratt & Whitney)
McPhee has chosen to join forces with Security 101 to furnish and install the entire access control/video surveillance package for the project. This portion of the project scope necessitates the installation of conduit, wiring devices and hardware to support access to approximately 100 entries and exits throughout the building along with control of 75 fixed and PTZ cameras on the building interior and throughout the parking areas.
Cambridge Sound Management was awarded the design and implementation of the sound masking system within the five-story structure. McPhee was chosen as subcontractor to perform the installation of the 3,600 volume control emitters, associated control panels and all associated wiring.
Still to be finalized is a proposed audio/video infrastructure comprised of microphones, flat screen displays and video conferencing cameras within the conference rooms, classrooms and cafeteria.
While tourists headed to Block Island for their summer vacations, McPhee Utility Division employees were there working on a new 34.5kV substation for National Grid. The new substation which will integrate with a new mainland substation in Narragansett called Dillon’s Corner by 20 miles of submarine cable.
This work is all in preparation and conjunction with the creation of 5 offshore wind turbines on the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm project.
The wind farm is anticipated to generate 30 MW of power, fully suppling Block Island’s current demand with excess being funneled to the mainland. The two new substations McPhee is building are key puzzle pieces to ensuring a seamless power grid.
Photo Credit: Deepwater Wind