With 1.6 million man hours worked in 2017, Hatzel & Buehler and Bluestone Communications proudly ended the year with zero lost time injuries. Leveraging our multi-tiered safety team – functioning at the corporate, branch and field levels – Hatzel & Buehler and Bluestone Communications’ TRIR (Total Recordable Incident Rate) continues to be significantly less than the Electrical Industry standard.
On Sunday, November 12th, employees and their families, from both Hatzel & Buehler and Bluestone Communications, participated in the Annual Lemon Run Philadelphia. The Lemon Run raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer and is the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s largest special event with nearly 3,000 people attending. In addition to employee participation, Hatzel & Buehler and Bluestone Communications actively participated in event fundraising. The Foundation and its heroic efforts towards fighting childhood cancer are hugely important to our organization.
Employees from Hatzel & Buehler and Bluestone Communications generously donated funds to support the American Red Cross and their disaster relief efforts. The companies matched all employee donations, with a 100% matched donation.
Hatzel & Buehler was selected as ENR MidAtlantic’s Specialty Contractor of the Year.
The oldest electrical contractor operating in the United States had a 6% revenue increase in the MidAtlantic from 2015 to 2016 and a 15% revenue increase between 2014-2015. The firm credits its recent successes to its geographic growth into new markets, an increase in customer spending and an enhanced focus on business development.
The Wilmington, Del.-based firm has six offices in the MidAtlantic region. In those offices, they have 600 union employees and 100 nonunion employees. The firm’s West Virginia office recently received special recognition from the National Electrical Contractors Association for excellence in safety.
Recent and ongoing work in the region includes infrastructure upgrades at the Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, an expansion at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa. and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Central Utility Plant.
The firm’s largest corporate charity is a foundation that raises money for pediatric cancer, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. In partnership with the American Red Cross, Hatzel & Buehler is also matching every dollar its employees donate to families impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
The firm will be honored at the Nov. 2 Best Project’s event in Baltimore and featured in the December issue of ENR MidAtlantic. The December issue will also feature the entire list of the top-ranked specialty contractors based on 2016 revenue. The 30 participating firms in this year’s survey are from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. They have collected a total of $3 billion in revenue, up from the the $2.4 billion that the 18 firms in last year’s survey reported.
Hatzel & Buehler ranked No. 4 in last year’s survey with $119 million in regional revenue. To find out where the firm ranks in this year’s survey check out the December issue of ENR MidAtlantic.
Hatzel & Buehler began their relationship with Chester County Hospital in 2012, with the construction of a new 93,000 square foot patient tower. As Chester County Hospital celebrates 125 years of service, it is also embarking on its largest expansion. When the expansion is completed, the hospital will gain 250,000 square feet of space, including a beautiful new main entrance and Emergency Department with ten additional rooms and support space. In addition, fifteen modern/hybrid operating rooms, four high-tech labs, areas for non-invasive cardiology and pre-admission space will all be included in the new construction. The new space will be supported with a new 35kV electrical service distribution system that will back feed the hospital’s existing electrical distribution and supply power to a new 1500kVA duel ended substation. This will be backed up by a new 2Meg diesel generator that will take care of the critical and life safety power for this expansion. For smooth transition of power Hatzel & Buehler will be adding a 500kW Flywheel UPS to the critical isolation panels in the ORs.
The Villanova University Conference Center is situated in a 32-acre woodland setting just minutes from the Villanova University campus. Created specifically for executive training, the center offers a learning environment with the added benefits of guest accommodations, dining and recreational activities.
The scope of work for Hatzel & Buehler on this project includes the renovations to the Conference Center’s guest rooms, conference rooms, classrooms and common areas. The facility will also house a fitness Center, a game room and a Ballroom for weddings and banquets. The facility will be upgraded with new LED lighting, a lighting control system, a new fire alarm system, and Audio Visual systems utilizing the latest technology.
The Hatzel & Buehler Ohio (Cleveland & Chillicothe), Delaware and Philadelphia offices all received special recognition from NECA for their excellence in safety. Each office proudly received the “2017 Zero Injury” Award.
“NECA’s Safety Excellence and Zero Injury Awards program is an elite safety recognition program focused on recognizing thriving companies that excel in multiple areas of their safety and health programs. Awards are given to member companies that consistently have OSHA recordable injury and fatality rates at levels lower than the industry standard, and implement internal company safety practices above and beyond basic compliance. The Zero-Injury Award recognizes those member-companies that have worked a full calendar year without recordable incidents. The Safety Excellence Award is the associations premier recognition program, and acknowledges member-contractors safety performance.” (www.necanet.org)
The Delaware Contractor’s Association selected Hatzel & Buehler for recognition as a recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Safety Award, which honors firms “emphasizing safety, while bringing distinction, skill and integrity to the construction industry”.
In 1996, the Knollwood Community Center (located in Claymont, Delaware) was established. The Community Center provides after school care, a summer day camp, and adult and family activities. The Center’s food closet was established in September 2004 and has become an invaluable source of outreach to the Community. Hatzel & Buehler and Bluestone Communications executed a food drive to support the Community Center’s Holiday needs.
ISNetworld recently featured Hatzel & Buehler in their Contractor Success Stories. Download the feature here.