O’Connell is a full service electrical contractor serving New York State and surrounding regions of the northeast. We maintain fully staffed offices in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse as well as a satellite office in Albany.
As the nation's 52rd largest electrical contractor, O'Connell covers every major service segment of the industry. We provide comprehensive design-build, construction, service, maintenance, and emergency response services. With more than 100 years of electrical construction experience under our belts, you can be assured we have the capability and know-how to complete your project at budget and on schedule.
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November 2014 - O'Connell Electric will install a third cable for Nik Wallenda, this time to highwire walk in Chicago. A team of eight linemen will secure Nik's cable from the Leo Burnette building to the Marina City Towers and again between both Marina City Towers. Tune in Sunday night, November 2nd, to watch the event live on the Discovery Channel. O'Connell helped Nik make history by installing a cable for him to be the only person to walk across Niagara Falls in 2012, and again in 2013 when we installed a cable across the Grand Canyon for Wallenda.
October 2014 - O'Connell Electric has been selected as Specialty Contractor of The Year by ENR New York, a prominent news, data and analysis resource for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. O'Connell also held its position as the 6th largest electrical contractor in the Northeast. Read the article and view a full list of rankings at www.newyork.construction.com.
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The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel features a 26-story luxury hotel (the largest in New York State outside of Manhattan), nine restaurants, buffets, and cafes, 4200 modern slot machines, over 100 gaming tables, more than 30,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and conference space, and a high-capacity events center. The resort has quickly become an Eastern Great Lakes, Western New York destination icon.
Seneca Niagara had its genesis as the former Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center. Immediately upon entering into a 14-year gaming compact with the State of New York, the Seneca Nation of Indians embarked on $80 million in modifications to the existing structure to bring the new casino up and online. Soon after, plans were announced to expand the casino and build a 605-room luxury hotel on the site. In preparation for the expansion a new powerhouse was built on property adjacent to the casino also owned by the Seneca’s.
Under a $1.2 million contract from The Seneca Management Company, O’Connell Electric performed electrical construction and commissioning services for the new powerhouse. We installed the fire safety systems for the new hotel and casino under a separate contract.
O’Connell trenched and laid nearly 700 feet of cable between the powerhouse bus system and the existing utility circuits after casting a manhole around the conduit. Circuit shutdowns were orchestrated after midnight, when casino activity subsided, allowing for our technicians to perform the powerhouse tie-ins. We switched full casino operations over to one of two feeders that came into the property so that work could be performed on the other. Both circuits had to be back on line by 5:00 am each morning to handle the demand load as it began ramping back up. This process required several evenings to complete all aspects of work.
Back at the powerhouse O’Connell technicians made all necessary connections for the switch gear, automatic monitoring system, conduit, and power for three tractor trailor-sized 2MW generators that would be utilized for emergency backup and supplemental power. The generators are capable of running full casino and hotel operations off-grid when necessary. Per agreements with National Grid the generators were programmed to come online during peak casino operation to minimize impact on the grid. Upon conclusion of the construction process our Technical Services Division commissioned the interfacing switchgear with the utility.
O’Connell completed all work ahead of schedule, even with an accelerated project time line of six months from start to finish.