Freestate Electric is a member of the Archway Captive Insurance Company. The Captive has over 200 members whose annual revenues range from $20 million to over $1 billion. In both 2011 and 2013, Freestate was chosen to receive the Risk Control Award of Excellence thanks to its stellar risk control record and commitment to employee safety. To Freestate, safety is more than rules and procedures, it’s a culture that is practiced and executed every day. Being a multiple time winner of this prestigious award is something we take great pride in, but what is more important is ensuring that our employees work smart and safely every day.
Craftsmen from Freestate Electrical Construction Company were recently honored at the Washington Building Congress’ 61st Annual Craftsmanship Awards this past March for their outstanding lighting work at Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office in Washington, DC.
Detailed mock ups were performed for every area and setting of both the interior and exterior of the Hotel to ensure perfect illumination and accent of all areas including the historical elements of the Hotel. This took careful field review and research of each existing condition to determine the best means and methods for how systems would be installed. In many instances modifications to the design had to be made in order to meet requirements and satisfactions of project stakeholders, while minimizing damage to historical elements through providing quality installations and craftsmanship. Work required thorough research and coordination by all disciplines and to archive approval granted by the Trump owners as well as the design team. The difficult installation process would begin for each system within the confines of an existing historical building that was completed at the end of the 19th century. There were many unforeseen obstacles and obstructions where all parties had to take part in discovering resolutions and modifications to complete their installations. Great care and consideration on every level had to be taken by each individual involved in the work that was performed.
This critically acclaimed and technologically innovative facility houses the Metropolitan Police Department forensic lab, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Department of Health public health lab. The structure is two levels below-grade and six levels above-grade. Functions of the building include DNA/biological analysis, trace analysis, controlled substances, questioned documents, computer forensics, crime scene investigation, firearms examination, latent fingerprints, photography, histology (microscopic anatomy), autopsy (cause of death), toxicology (poison/drug), bio-safety labs (BSL-2 and BSL-3), newborn screening (genetic screening), communicable disease, and food testing. The 351,000 SF consolidation features sustainable features such as a green roof, chilled beams, high efficiency equipment, and energy and water recovery systems. This project achieved LEED® Platinum Certification.
The Electrical Upgrade project at the National Institute of Health was done in multiple phases over several years beginning in March 2007 and completing in November 2012. The project required some design assist as the conditions were constantly changing from the original drawings as existing spaces were uncovered. The West Vault and Risers phase of this project was awarded a 2011 WBC Craftsmanship Award for Electrical Distribution. The Tunnel & East Vault Project phase of this project was awarded the 2013 WBC Craftsmanship award for Electrical Distribution and was nominated as a finalist for the Star Award.