With an equal understanding of client needs and manufacturer services, Access Electric Supply is able to provide individualized and timely solutions to each problem. Across sectors, we apply the same ‘can do’ mentality to every project ensuring the best solution - and not just the easiest solution - is the one utilized.

Overhead image of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor showing construction taking place.

NAVFAC Seawolf Class Pier

Equipment:

Substations, Switchboards, Liquid Filled Transformers, Services

About The Project

With continued expansion at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, WA, NAVFAC issued an RFQ for five stainless steel substations, custom-made submarine connection mounds, and various other power distribution equipment, including switchboards, liquid-filled transformers, and panelboards. Access was selected by the successful electrical contractor due to experience, plan of action, and track record of execution. 

In addition to the supply of equipment, Access Electric also provided integration services to incorporate the power data extracted from the substations to the overall site SCADA system. This project was complex, but superbly executed due to hands-on management and technical expertise.

LED Retrofit – World’s Largest Building

Equipment:

LED Highbays

About The Project

With 472 million cubic feet of space to light up for crucial manufacturing process, an LED retrofit was inevitable. The client, a major aerospace manufacturer, issued a design specification for a custom designed fixture that would achieve best in class efficiency, life, lumen dispersion and heat rating.

Access Electric Supply was invited to participate in the competitive process along with numerous other teams. After multiple iterations on design, the team settled in on a single fixture style, with multiple mounting and voltage configurations to meet the various installation styles.

Our design was selected as the winner due to achievement of all aspects of the design criteria and a history of performance in other buildings at this site. The result was a dramatic reduction in energy from 830 watts to 440 watts and an increase of measured foot candles from 15 to 80, benefiting plant costs and worker safety and productivity.

15kV Breaker Retrofit

Equipment:

MV Switchgear

About The Project

Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), a major utility, required the replacement of five PowerVac medium voltage circuit breakers in a very short time frame. ABB’s RMVAC Roll-in replacement breakers were the perfect choice, bringing the benefits of increased performance, reduced maintenance intervals, and a quick installation. The entire installation was completed in a three-day window including training for WAPA personnel.

15kV Roll in Replacement Breakers

Equipment:

MV Switchgear

About The Project

A small, city-owned utility in Washington has 5 substations built in the 1960s and 1970s. The 15kV secondary distribution house was in good condition, but the breakers were failing. Rather than replace the entire electrical house, as is common, the city worked with Access Electric Supply to develop a cradle-in-cradle replacement breaker design. These breakers upgraded the substations by extending longevity but also provided remote racking and open/close functionality, all tied back to the city’s SCADA system. New exterior doors with infrared scanning windows were installed to complete the installation and provide a greater degree of safety and reliability.

5kV Paper Machine MCC

Equipment:

Medium Voltage MCC

About The Project

An established paper mill on the Washington state peninsula was upgrading its paper machine to produce a product in higher demand. Due to changes to the controls and system, new power requirements were required. With a tight construction timeline and a constrained footprint, Access Electric Supply teamed up with Siemens to develop a back-to-back 5kV MCC that fit the size of the room and met current NEC requirements for clearances. The approval drawing process was done in an expedited fashion and the project timelines were met. All of these goals were accomplished while being the most competitive and responsive bidder. We finalized the project with factory commissioning and an extended warranty.

6000 HP Synchronous Soft Start

Equipment:

MV MCC

About The Project

When starting equipment for a 50-year-old air compressor was evaluated, it was determined to be unreliable with a high arc flash hazard level. Furthermore, the across the line starting technique was spiking demand charges from the utility.

The owner of the equipment (a major aerospace manufacturer in the Puget Sound) asked the team at Access for reliable starting equipment that would reduce strain on their mechanical equipment and keep the voltage for the 26kV grid stable.

Access Electric Supply teamed up with Motortronics to develop an 800 amp soft start rated for 4160V and a new synchronous excitation package. The end solution provided greater reliability and stability of their electrical system and helped migrate their equipment into the latest technology. The outcomes on all aspects were significant.

Composite Wing Center

Equipment:

Panelboards, Switchboards, Dry Type Transformers, Surge Protective Devices, Services

About The Project

A leading aerospace manufacturer in the Puget Sound region was constructing their largest facility in decades to support the production of composite wings. This 1MM+ square foot facility had large and unique power requirements to support the numerous tools that would be set in place over the years. The electrical contractor and end-user selected Access Electric Supply to provide custom panelboards with unique features to keep dust out. Over 400 panelboards and 200 transformers (among other products) were built and delivered throughout the two-year project. Production of the equipment was timed with an evolving construction timeline to ensure the right product was in-house when required.

Housing Siding Manufacturing Plant

Equipment:

Switchboards, Panelboards, MV Transformers, Power Factor Correction, Dry Type Transformers, Lighting and Controls, Medium Voltage MCC, Services

About The Project

With the continued demand for advanced building materials, a large multinational manufacturer drew on the team at Access Electric Supply to supply a complete electrical system that would provide reliable infrastructure to power their key processes. With numerous changes throughout the build, the end user relied on accurate order management to make modifications on the fly and ensure critical dates were hit. Access ensured the project was a success with factory startup on advanced equipment and comprehensive documentation at project completion.

New 18MW Data Center

Equipment:

MV switchgear, Liquid Filled Transformers, Switchboards, Panelboards, Dry Type Transformers

About The Project

A new hyperscale data center was planned to be built in Eastern Washington. The owner reached out to the team at Access Electric Supply for power distribution equipment to take their 13.2kV utility feed down to a workable level. Access teamed up with multiple vendors to supply custom padmount transformers, switchboards, automatic transfer switches, panelboards and generator docking stations, among other items. This large order was expertly managed to meet just-in-time construction schedules and ensure equipment was onsite when required, but not earlier.

Paper Mill Testing and Maintenance

Equipment:

Services, LV Switchgear, Circuit Breakers

About The Project

Papermills and other heavy industrial facilities with large power requirements often engage in annual testing and maintenance of their power distribution systems to ensure reliability. Numerous regional industrial facilities rely on Access Electric Supply to provide them with service technicians to perform services during their planned outages. Services include testing of high voltage, medium voltage and low voltage switchgear and circuit breakers, testing and oil sampling of transformers, battery testing, relay testing, maintenance, cleaning and torquing of power busses, etc. Test reports are generated for historical trending purposes and when components are identified as deficient, resources are deployed to repair or replace in an expedited fashion. These services help customers extend the life of their systems and ensure uptime during critical production hours.

Refinery Power Distribution Center (PDC)

Equipment:

MV Transformers, MV Bus Duct, LV Bus Duct, MV Switchgear, LV Switchboard, MCC’s, Panelboards, Transformers, Cable Tray

About The Project

A Puget Sound area refinery was looking for a ready-made solution to reduce install time and labor for power distribution within its plant. With our numerous OEMs and industrial background, Access was able to provide a manufactured building, built to the stringent Washington Gold Standard – while also adhering to a Class 1, Div 2 environment. This 60-foot long unit housed (3) switchboards, all fed with busway from outside the building, (6) MCC sections, as well as distribution panels. With this turnkey solution, Access provided the end user with a compact, clean electrical distribution solution that saved them significant field install time.

Retro-Fit Panels

Equipment:

Panelboards

About The Project

A Seattle area hospital with dozens of overdutied panels needed a solution to upgrade their panels with minimum downtime. After a field visit to verify existing conditions, Access partnered up with IEM to provide custom fitted, retro-fit panels. These panels used the existing cans to eliminate hours of demolition, and the need to pull back conduits and wires. This solution allowed the contractor to mount a brand-new interior with properly rated breakers in a fraction of the time. In addition to mitigating arc flash concerns, these panels also provided new dead fronts and doors to give the hospital a fresh look – all while satisfying the end user with a lower-cost total install, with far less downtime for this critical facility.