SEPTEMBER 2020 – O’Connell was selected to receive the prestigious Project Excellence Award from the National Electrical Contractors Association for a third consecutive year. ​​​​​To showcase the exceptional work performed by member contractors across the country, NECA created the Project Excellence Awards to recognize companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering electrical projects across twelve different market sectors.

Gardenville is one of O’Connell’s largest substation projects to date. We served as the prime contractor for a 115 kV station rebuild in western New York. The station handles about one third of the Buffalo metro area’s power, including major customers such as Ford and Tesla.

The project consisted of full site development including environmental controls, site work, approximately 500 foundations, 38 large diameter caissons for T-line structures and a new control building.

Due to the size and scope of this project in the Western, NY region, it was considered very high profile. Executives and senior managers from National Grid visited the site several times. Our General Foreman and the project team received numerous commendations for our quality of work and safety program.​​​​​​​

The project took 18 months to complete and was still finished six months ahead of schedule. Not including subcontractors, O’Connell’s labor force accumulated over 80,000-man hours of work.