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.
O’Connell Electric. Since 1911.
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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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When Energy East (formerly Rochester Gas & Electric) shifted its focus in Upstate New York from power generation to power distribution it had to shut down a major power generating station in Rochester. To replace the station’s electrical generating capacity, the company needed new and updated transmission/distribution facilities to serve the area. A major piece of the project was to test and commission new and upgraded substations without interrupting power to customers.
O’Connell was awarded a $2 million subcontract to perform testing and commissioning services at eleven active substations. The facilities included a new 115kV switchyard and 115kV to 34.5kV substation as well as nine substations that were upgraded from 115kV to 345kV capacity. To maintain power across the region throughout the commissioning process, O’Connell utilized Doble 3-phase power simulator, satellite, and GPS technology to synchronize and simultaneously test substations in different locations. The project was successfully completed over a period of 20 months without a power outage to the service area. O’Connell also performed acceptance testing across 53 circuit miles of underground 34.5kV cable for the project.