2017 Changes to National Electrical Code for Healthcare Facilities

Posted On March 27, 2017 Filed Under Blog

Every three years, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes an updated version of the National Electrical Code.  Since 1897, it has been the standard for electrical safety to protect people and property and is diligently followed by PayneCrest in all of its installations. NEC has been updated for 2017 and there have been some notable changes for healthcare facilities covered in NEC Article 517.  While some are refinements in definitions related to healthcare, medical facility owners should be aware of the following:

Use of Isolated Grounding Receptacles – These receptacles are now prohibited within any patient care vicinity to ensure the safety of patients and healthcare workers.  They are allowed outside the...

Electrical Contractor Spotlights PayneCrest’s Customer Service

Posted On April 18, 2016 Filed Under Blog

Who did the nation’s leading electrical industry magazine tap to examine customer service?  Why PayneCrest, of course.  In its April 2016 issue, PayneCrest Service Manager Terry Brogan is spotlighted in Electrical Contractor’s monthly “Coffee Break” feature in an article entitled: “The Importance of Being Likeable.”

In describing PayneCrest, authors Andrew McCoy and Fred Sargent note “Its signature ‘PCE way’ embodies a customer-centered philosophy with a constant drive toward creative solutions that has resulted in an impressive project resume and an enviable client roster.”

Brogan details the best practices that he has honed with PayneCrest to ensure customer expectations are always met, including:

Enduring Value of Mentor Protégé Programs

Posted On January 21, 2015 Filed Under Blog

Increasingly, local, state, and federal projects and private projects have significant minority participation goals to create business opportunities for disadvantaged enterprises.  But opportunity is more than just the job.  Project owners expect more sustainable minority enterprises to emerge from their projects, ready to succeed even more on their next assignment.  That’s why mentor/protégé programs are such an effective tool to deliver more enduring value in projects with minority goals.

Emblematic of the reliance on mentor/protégé programs was the award-winning Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in Downtown St. Louis.  Completed in 2014, the project earned the 2013 American Association of State Highways and Transportation...

Optimizing Productivity of Skilled Labor

Posted On August 29, 2014 Filed Under Blog
Field Supervision at the Ameren Labadie Power Plant

By Bob Senf, Executive Vice President, PayneCrest

The greatest value of any project team member is generated by empowering that person to deliver the best results.  A project manager needs corporate and staff support to be fully empowered to make the right day-to-day decisions on projects.  A proficient engineer needs technology tools to maximize his or her problem solving skills.  So too it is with labor. 

At PayneCrest, we view labor as our equal partner on all our projects.  We insist on using only the highest skilled and safe workforce – the men and women of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  But it’s not enough to employ the best, you have to empower them to deliver the best results.  You do that...

Answering the Call for Help

Posted On June 30, 2014 Filed Under Blog

By Luke Peterson, PayneCrest Project Executive

Construction projects should always begin with well-defined responsibilities for the building team.  But even the most meticulously planned project can encounter that critical moment when it needs help to meet budget, schedule and/or safety requirements.  More and more, PayneCrest will engage in a small slice of a project only to see its workload quadruple in some cases to help the customer achieve project goals. You have to be fearless to jump into a project in midstream with the expectation to deliver outstanding results. When granting expanded responsibilities, the customer should expect the following:

  • Extreme organization – When taking on additional assignments, a...