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 52nd 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.
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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Established in 1934, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) is responsible for the construction, rehabilitation, and modernization of low-income public housing within the City of Buffalo as well as all management and operations. Today, nearly 12,000 residents live among BMHA’s 27 developments. To help combat crime the Buffalo Police Department has established a dedicated Housing Unit consisting of 21 police officers to patrol, police, and manage security issues across all complexes. In turn, BMHA has committed to increase security measures which includes substantial investments in state-of-the-art closed-circuit television (CCTV) video surveillance systems at each site that will eventually be tied together at one centralized location.
O’Connell was contracted by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority to install the first phase of CCTV cameras at five of their developments. Installations involved hardwiring the video cameras with low-voltage power taken directly from that building’s power supply panel. We mounted and positioned the cameras with line-of-site to a centralized antennae we installed on the property that transmits the video signals to a digital video recording system (DVR) for storage and retrieval. One site’s layout was not wireless-friendly and required fiber optics to carry the video. We installed all fiber optic cable, made the terminations, and performed testing on the system.
Angling the cameras and determining focus required precision. O’Connell worked closely with the project’s integrator, who specified the video hardware and engineered the system’s line-of-site positional planning, to achieve exactness. Each of the five installations were designed to function both independently or as part of a larger integrated system where all video can be reviewed and evaluated at a centralized location. O’Connell installed 80 cameras for this first phase of work.
With most work at the job sites having been accomplished at heights of two stories or more, requiring the continual use of extension ladders, small bucket trucks, and even a man-lift to install a 100 foot-high tower antennae, O’Connell exhibited exceptional safety performance with no reported safety incidents throughout the project.