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Asphalt Beach: Best Laid Plans

As we've stated in the past, it's incredibly important to have a contingency plan in place for if (and when) the unexpected happens. In this case, it was how electricity was scheduled to be fed to one of our current projects.

The original plans from the architect and engineered electrical drawings were approved by the Metro Davidson County Codes Department for two, three-phase meter bases with 200 hundred amp, 40-space breaker service panels.

There was one for both upstairs and downstairs, as the building is owned by a husband and wife team with two separate businesses housed inside. The upstairs is for Asphalt Beach Skateshop's training and sales. The downstairs is for a yoga studio and gym.

Here was the approved setup after installation:

As you can see from the picture, we did the work as specified per the drawings with no deviation; However, the electrical company (in this case, NES) did not approve of this.

*Please note: This been a rebuild from the March 3rd, 2020 tornado.

Now, what we have been allowed to do is a three-phase, 200 amp meter base/ quick disconnect with a 40-space breaker service panel for the upstairs and a single-phase panel for the downstairs... Effectively taking down one of the risers from the right hand rear corner of the building and moving the second to the middle-rear of the building.

The second one is being fed from another transformer on a different NES pole from the alley way. All of this has caused a four-week delay for power at this location (at present day). This coming week we should finally have power on.

The moral of this story is that the "best laid plans" can change and cause delays. While it isn't what anyone would want, it's best to be prepared for the unexpected as much as possible.

What it looks like after requested changes by NES were implemented:

We would also like to thank all of the GREAT men who worked through the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend to get this project completed with nothing more than some generators to power their lights and equipment! We couldn't do any of this without our teams of highly-skilled employees, builders, and subcontractors. Their dedication and partnerships are invaluable!

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