Service Always Available - - We Answer Our Phones 24/7 - CALL NOW


Service Always Available
We Answer Our Phones 24/7

District 1 Multifamily Apartment Building - May 2016 Job of the Month

Job: District 1 Multifamily Apartment Building, Milpitas, CA
By: Ray Dominguez

In NorCal, o ne of our biggest and best customers is Helix Electric. They give us all of their temporary power work; they never bid us out.  That was the case for this project for a multifamily apartment building in the city of Milpitas, CA.  When we perform work for Helix, we do all the temp power work, bringing power to the jobsite, and then they handle all the distribution in and around the project.

This $80k temp power job required an 800a, 208v electrical panel that provided 200a of power for a trailer compound and then the remaining 600a for production power.  The source was an underground PG&E Primary Volt 12kv line.  We had to dig down to the line and lay 4" conduit so that PG&E could run over to a pre-cast pad we had set for a PG&E 3 phase, 208v temporary transformer.  We set our 800a panel next to the PG&E transformer.  Given that the actual construction site was 800' away, not counting the further distance within the apartments being built, we had to step the power up to 480v to avoid voltage drop, run it over to the site, and step it back down to 208v using four 75kva temp transformers, each with their own precast pad.  Helix took it from there.

I'm highlighting this job because of all the challenges we faced with the seemingly ever changing temp power permitting process in the city of Milpitas.  While we have performed work there before, their permitting process regarding temp power has changed recently.  Chano's experience and ability to represent Power Plus worked wonders.  Additionally, we had to find a structural engineer and electrical engineer to have plans created for approval by the city.  We had to go through plan check like we were installing permanent equipment for the building.  It seemed like every day there was a new hoop to jump through.  This was certainly a learning process for us, but overall Helix Electric was happy with Power Plus and all the effort it took for us to get this permit.

Helix is one of our biggest customers in the Bay Area, and we have a great working relationship with everyone in their Oakland, CA office.   I currently have three other projects that I'm working with them that will total up to $300k when done (another one in Milpitas, one in San Francisco, and one in Burlingame).  Helix Electric is a great partner that certainly values the competency and professionalism of Power Plus!


Power Plus! is a leading provider of reliable non-radioactive power generators across the United States and Canada.


Have a question or comment for Power Plus!? We'd love to hear from you!
Please provide your contact information and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Contact Power Plus @ (800) 863-2525  | sales@powerplus.com

See Our Other Power Posts!


PowerPlus Generator FAQs

It is essential to remotely monitor various aspects of your generator such as battery voltage and fuel levels to avoid expensive repairs.
Read More

PowerPlus Industrial FAQ

AC and DC Generators utilize electromagnetic induction to generate electricity. In an AC Generator, the alternating current that is produced reverses direction periodically as the coil through which current flows is fixed.
Read More

How an Industrial Backup Generator Can Benefit Your Business

An essential part of any preparedness plan for businesses is a reliable backup generator.  A large backup generator for your business can reduce any interruptions during a power outage.  An outage of power can occur due to weather, natural disaster, or faulty equipment.


Read More

Industrial emergency generator testing

Industrial emergency generators represent a sizable capital investment. If the emergency generator fails when called into action, it is almost always accompanied by potentially dangerous conditions and/or risk of significant financial loss.
Read More

Tragic Accident Strikes Local Power

Not long ago, a truck collided with a power pole causing a commercial and residential power outage for over 1600 customers.
Read More

Top emergency power FAQs

Emergency power provisions have become a staple for many homeowners. It can easily make the difference between comfortably weathering the storm, or suffering many inconveniences.
Read More

How commercial industrial portable generators work

Read how commercial and industrial portable generators work to keep you powered wherever you are, and whatever the circumstances.
Read More

What you should know before renting an industrial generator

Follow these expert tips to ensure you find the best and most cost-effective industrial generator for your construction project.
Read More

5 industries that should always have emergency power

Is electricity essential for your business operations? Here are 5 industries that need emergency power generators no matter what.
Read More

Three Things Your Power Solutions Company Should Provide

Find out how to select the right company to provide your site with power and keep your project running smoothly, from beginning to end.
Read More

© Copyright: PowerPlus All Rights Reserved

Digital Marketing by: Kreative Webworks