Electric Car Charging Stations
Lancaster’s First Hotels to Install Electric Car Charging Station
Meadow Valley Electric was pleased to be hired by High Hotels Ltd. to install electric car charging stations at two of their Lancaster properties: the Courtyard by Marriott and the Hampton Inn, both located in the Greenfield Corporate Center. High Hotels generously announced that the station is available to both hotel guests and the general public on a complimentary basis. All-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles can be fully charged in two to four hours.
“Providing an additional convenience to our eco-conscious guests who own electric vehicles fits with our sustainability objectives.”
LCCTC Brownstown Campus
In the fall of 2012, the Lancaster County Career Career & Technology Center – Brownstown Campus began a $5.2 million renovation project on their existing building which had been built in 1971. These renovations included infrastructure improvements such as the installation of energy-efficient windows, upgraded electrical wiring, improvements to heating and plumbing systems, upgraded security measures and more.
Meadow Valley Electric was hired by LCCTC as the Electrical Contractor. Among the state-of-the-art systems MVE installed was the Lutron lighting control system. The Lutron system seamlessly integrates with a BMS (Building Management System). Because lighting uses more electricity than any other building system, lighting control gives building owners and facility managers the power to save more electricity than any other control technology at their disposal. While utilizing the BMS software, staff at the Brownstown CTC can set up lighting schedules and control lights anywhere in the building. The school can also monitor and access their HVAC system in the BMS. Meadow Valley Electric worked carefully with the HVAC contractor to ensure that both the electrical and HVAC systems coordinated and worked correctly with the BMS. MVE Group’s low voltage division, ESCO Security, installed a paging system, data and fiber optic wiring, and a surveillance system. The CCTV system now provides the school with a total of cameras to monitor key indoor and outdoor areas, improving the safety of the faculty and students. Because MVE Group has both high voltage and low voltage teams who are used to working alongside each other, this enabled us to be as efficient as possible on the project.
Due to the size and complexity of the project, it was impossible to complete the renovations during summer hours when the school was out of session. Much of the work was completed during the school year. Replacing an electrical system while keeping a large facility operational presented its challenges. MVE worked with the school and contractor to shut down certain areas of the building one by one, to provide minimal disruption to students and faculty. In addition, MVE’s team spent many days working “after hours”. Our experienced and apprentice electricians worked together to remove and replace electrical panels, and to ensure they were operational before school opened the next morning.
LCCTC provides vocational and technical education to approximately 1,500 9th through 12th grade students from 16 surrounding school districts. The more than 40 programs range from culinary arts and commercial art to heavy equipment operation and welding. Currently, there are three campuses: Willow Street, Brownstown and Mount Joy. All three campus buildings were opened in 1971 and underwent renovations in 2012 to improve operations and increase safety.
Hampton Inn & Suites
General Contractor: Wohlsen Construction
Design-build for a 4-story Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Mt. Joy, PA. Provided electrical, fire alarm system, phone and data cabling.
Size: 85 rooms, 56,571 sq. ft
North Cornwall Health Center
Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster opened the North Cornwall Health Center in Lebanon in November 2015. Design-build
General Contractor: Warfel Construction
Meadow Valley Electric was chosen as the electrical subcontractor for the two-story, 73,529-square-foot facility.
The Worship Center
ESCO Security worked under general contractor R. S. Mowery to design and install security, phone and data wiring systems for the Worship Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The 106,313 square foot facility was completed in July 2010. ESCO received a 2011 Award of Excellence in the 2011 ABC Excellence in Construction Awards for this project.
Herr & Sacco
ESCO Security was hired as the low voltage contractor during the construction of a larger facility for Herr & Sacco in Landisville, PA. ESCO handled the security, fire, CCTV, card access and paging needs from design to installation and received an Award of Excellence in the 2012 ABC Excellence in Construction awards.
Exterior work on the Worship Center
John F. Martin & Sons
In July 2013, John F. Martin & Sons, a Lancaster County-based smoked meat manufacturer, began major renovations of the former Valley Forge Flag Company building in Womelsdorf. The new building will allow expansion of production.
ESCO recently installed fire protection, security, access and alarm monitoring solutions. The fire protection system and surveillance cameras needed to be waterproof so that production areas could be easily cleaned. Fixtures rated for outdoor use were used.
A control panel allows John F. Martin & Sons to monitor 4 separate areas: boiler, refrigeration, smokehouse and water. If there is a problem in any of those zones, an alarm will automatically be relayed from the system to a master control panel.
Fox Meadows Creamery
ESCO Security designed and installed a comprehensive fire alarm and security solution for the family-owned farm-to-table creamery. The system included smoke detectors, fire alarm pull stations and strobe lights, and an intrusion detection system. Sensors were installed to monitor the cooler and freezer temperatures, sending an alert if the temperature is too warm or too cold. ESCO’s solution can be expanded and adapted to meet Fox Meadows Creamery‘s future needs.
Based on recommendations from other local business owners and their reputation in the community, we chose ESCO to provide our fire alarm, cooler alarm and intrusion detection system. Glenn, Lonnie and the entire ESCO team has done an excellent job from the design phase to implementation of our system. The ESCO team helped us strike the right balance between getting the protection we needed and delivering a system we could afford. We are pleased that we choose to partner with ESCO!
Chad M. Fox
Opened in Spring 2015, Fox Meadows Creamery in Ephrata, Pennsylvania features hand-crafted ice cream made on-site with milk from their small dairy farm adjacent to the creamery. Guests can enjoy eating ice cream on the wrap-around porch or patio overlooking the farm. The creamery also includes a country market featuring packaged ice cream, cheese, yogurt, grab-and-go foods, local meats, and bakery items.
Mount Joy Solar Power, LLC
MVE Solar installed a 385 kW ground mounted solar array developed by Solar Renewable Energy, LLC, at the Mount Joy Borough waste water treatment facility. www.srenergyllc.com
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
The 33.80 kW solar PV system was installed by Meadow Valley Electric and is owned by MV Energy LLC, both of Ephrata, PA. During the first several years of operation, MCC will purchase the solar-produced electricity from MV Energy. Eventually, MCC plans to purchase the system and will benefit from its electricity for the remainder of the system’s estimated 30-year life. MCC will be able to purchase the system at a reduced cost in a few years as a result of MV Energy owning the system now.
MCC and MVE Energy hope this innovative partnership between a non-profit organization and private business will serve as a model for future collaborations by other entities that wish to reduce energy, benefit the environment, and support local businesses and the community. Investing in renewable solar energy reduces energy consumption and costs and diminishes dependence on fossil fuels and the power grid.
High Hotels – Courtyard Marriott Solar
Commercial, Roof Mounted
MVE Solar was proud to be part of this project, one that made the Marriott Courtyard property in Greenfield Corporate Center, Lancaster, PA, the first of its brand to be “Net Zero”!
The 5-story Courtyard uses approximately 1,177,000 watts per year. Less than a mile away sits another High-owned property, with an expansive flat roof. That is where MVE Group installed 2,700 340w solar modules, the production of which will be “virtually metered” to the Courtyard Marriott hotel, and more than cover the needs of the hotel each year.
PSU State College
Commercial, Ground Mounted
Understanding that this sunny hillside space near Mt Nittany Medical Center wasn’t able to have any structures built on it, PSU agreed that it would make a perfect location for a ground mount solar array that would help with local residents’ electrical needs.
Serving as both General Contractor and Electrical Contractor, MVE Group was pleased to be part of this project. Design work was done by Kupper Engineering and Stahl Scheaffer, installation of the racking and panels was executed by Standard Sun, and the project was finished off with the wiring done by Meadow Valley Electric. Now that it is completed, the array is majority owned by MVE Group, with additional partial ownership by Solar Sense AEDG, who then sell the electricity generated to PSU.
The ground mount array covers approximately 4 acres of steep hillside. 5,562 modules were installed, requiring over 80,000ft of wire, and will generate 2.75 GWh per year– enough to power 255 households per year.