Article June 28, 2022
Streamlining Dry Utility Coordination on Construction Projects with Preston Electric
As one of the three branches of Preston Companies, Preston Electric is a site utility contractor focused on all electrical work outside of a building. They specialize in dry utilities construction, which can be anything from temporary power needs to lift and pump stations, site lighting, traffic signals, and joint trench. But what makes Preston Electric a unique dry utilities contractor?
Being part of Preston Companies, Preston Electric works closely with Preston Pipelines, the first branch of Preston Companies, on the wet (underground) utilities of a construction project to deliver a seamless wet and dry utility service. In addition, understanding the pain points of their clients and the communities in which they work, Preston Electric offers services in the planning and coordinating stages of a construction project to help save time and money.
Preston Electric’s biggest contribution to their clients and the communities in which they work is their in-house utility coordination with Preston Pipelines. By handling the utility coordination internally, they save their clients potential headaches, the most valuable being the reduction of construction costs and avoiding potential project delays. If utility conflicts arise, Preston will either coordinate the installation in-house or will communicate conflicts early enough in the project for design changes if needed. Without this in-house process, utility coordination between separate subcontractors would typically stall a project anywhere from weeks to months depending on a project’s size.
Another advantage of this in-house utility coordination with Preston Pipelines is faster and more efficient work, causing less room for error and avoiding any unnecessary coordination delays that could impact the public. When working on dry utilities in streets or sidewalks, it’s crucial to minimize the time Preston Electric is impacting the public.
In addition to utility coordination, Preston Electric offers design assistance to clients at the start of a project, even before their portion of work is ready to begin. They can help set scheduling expectations, estimating when work will be completed and when a building may get power from the local utility provider.
At the client’s request, Preston can use building information modeling (BIM) on utilities as a visual aid and for as-built purposes which further ensures Preston is doing everything right the first time.
Using both Preston Electric and Preston Pipelines guarantees only one contact for both wet and dry utility work. This is purposefully created to streamline a construction project, so clients have one less subcontractor to manage.
Saving both time and money on a construction project is the goal of any contractor and it is the basis of which Preston Electric was created. In partnership with Preston Pipelines, Preston Electric delivers value to every client through a comprehensive site utility package.
Whether you have an inquiry about our services, pricing, needing engineering expertise, or anything else, our team is ready to answer all of your questions.