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Faulty Wiring in Microbrewery Causes Project to Fall Flat

At RJ Martin Electric, it’s been our experience through several decades in business that low price doesn’t necessarily translate into good value. In fact, we’ll argue just the opposite—in the highly competitive and price-sensitive business of electrical contracting, low price not only foreshadows potentially low value, but it could also lead to very expensive consequences down the road.

The Situation:

You get what you pay for. It’s an old adage with a lot of sad stories to back it up in electrical contracting and elsewhere. Need proof of its relevance in the world of electrical contracting? Consider a recent microbrewery project that RJ Martin Electric recently completed. Initially, two beer enthusiasts set out to pursue their dream of opening a microbrewery. They identified a location in Northeast Ohio and began the task of hiring trades to build out the space.

Unfortunately, they chose an electrical contractor that cut corners—lots of them. Worse still, that electrical contractor’s work scope occurred early on in the project, so expensive finishes such as ceiling tiles and wall treatments were completed shortly thereafter.

As the project neared completion, inspectors uncovered multiple electrical code violations due to the shoddy nature of the electrical work. Consequently, the expensive finishes throughout the space either had to be ripped out or severely compromised in order to access the electrical equipment and remedy the violations via multiple change orders. This, in turn, caused significant delays and budget overruns.

Even several months after their planned opening, the ownership group still could not achieve an occupancy permit with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). At that point, the group reached out to RJ Martin Electric for help.

RJ Martin’s Solution and Results:

After reviewing the situation, we mobilized some very competent electricians and within a few weeks, had them ready for a final inspection, which they passed. The hard lesson learned by the ownership group was that value cannot solely be judged by price.

At RJ Martin Electric, we are committed to getting it right from the beginning. That means outlining the complete scope of our services in our RFP response and subsequent contract, from inception through completion. This exhaustive level of detail may seem complex or burdensome at first glance; but it’s designed to ensure that general contractors (GCs) and end-users in commercial, industrial, health care, retail and education sectors receive no unpleasant surprises from us during the electrical contracting phase of their project.

Related blog: Change Orders – What They Cost and Who Pays

Contact RJ Martin Electric to learn more.

If you’re looking for an exceptional electrical contracting firm for your next project, or if you want information about RJ Martin Electric’s experience in industrial, health care, commercial, education and retail markets, please call Robert J. Martin at 216-662-7100 or email rmartinjr@rjmartinelectric.com.

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