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Con J. Franke Electric Brings Expertise to Tracy Hills Project

June 26, 2023

Con J. Franke Electric, a leading commercial electrical contractor in California, is currently working on a significant project in Tracy Hills, an 1,850-acre resort-style master-planned community located 30 minutes east of the Bay Area.

Upon completion, Tracy Hills will deliver approximately 5,980 new single-family homes to a growing and under-served region for housing. This is the first and only hillside project in the region with a location that offers panoramic views over the city of Tracy and across the Central Valley to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Managed by Project Manager Dan Simas and led by Foreman Dave Sokatowski, the overall scope of the Tracy Hills Zone 4 & 5 Tanks project includes performing and managing all electrical work, including fire alarm, security, data systems, and integrating a water tank and electrical building. It also involves installing underground utilities for future residential development. The project has so far seen an increase in scope with the addition of a photovoltaic (PV) system to provide power for the water plant.

Seven members from the highly experienced and knowledgeable Con J. Franke Electric team and three subcontractors are involved in the project from the bid/estimating process to the close-out stage.

Positive Impact on the Community and Environment

This project is part of an overall sustainable water distribution system that provides clean water to over 6,000 home sites. Each Con J. Franke Electric project team members shares the similar goals of being efficient and forthcoming, ensuring the best possible outcome for the community and the environment.

Commercial electrical projects like this one are both challenging and rewarding to those who are a part of the Con J. Franke Electric team. Working to help make a significant impact on the community and the environment is a big part of who we are as a company.

Challenges and Solutions

The biggest challenge faced during this project is the location of the water tank, situated up in the hills of a development that has multiple years to go before its completion. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) company will not have power to the site for two years, so the result is having Con J. Franke Electric putting temporary power and backup systems in place to keep the system working.

Despite the challenges, the city and designers are doing a good job of keeping things interchangeable and formatted so there is a repeatable process from the previous project going forward to the upcoming projects. The Con J. Franke Electric team remains accessible and adaptable to any scope and project changes that may come along during the duration of the project to make sure it successfully delivers the sustainable water distribution and electrical systems needed to this new hillside community.

Another Project Highlighting Adaptability

The Tracy Hills project showcases Con J. Franke Electric's commitment to sustainable development, its team's expertise in handling complex electrical projects, and their ability to adapt to changing project scopes. This project's positive impact on the local community and environment further solidifies Con J. Franke Electric's position as a leading commercial electrical contractor in California.