The Nexus Center Ice Arena is a 169,440-square-foot facility in Utica, NY featuring three multipurpose 200 x 85-foot playing surfaces that can be utilized with ice or turf. The Center also includes team rooms, a coffee shop, a restaurant/bar, and merchandise store. 

O’Connell provided 13.2KV of electrical service into the facility, installed the substation gear and all 600V distribution. Our scope included all branch electrical power, lighting, sound systems, security systems, and fire alarms. Our Syracuse Communications team also provided the network system, tele/data cabling, and fiber backbone installation. 

Timing was key in this project as the schedule was extremely expedited to accommodate upcoming events. The team needed to come up with creative solutions to meet a deadline in under seven months. Our project management team worked with our construction services team to support the labor demands and streamline the installations on-site. Construction services designed detailed drawings and BIM models for the electrical rooms and prefabricated nineteen multi-panel racks and seven transformer/panel racks. Upon delivery of the equipment, racks and transformers were ready for installation. 

“The project carried such an aggressive pace that the change in scenery throughout the facility was absolutely amazing from one week to the next. The crews performed at a level that was certainly commendable.”  – Jeff Pratt, Senior Project Manager

Even through material delays and coordinating with eight different vendors, the O’Connell team was able to meet their deadline and the facility opened to its first tournament the weekend of November 11, 2022.