CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS
SUBCONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
SL Electric was founded in 1981 on three core values: vision, commitment and accountability. Nearly 34 years later, these same core values are still at the heart of its business, and of its clients’ success. From its beginnings as a small contractor in Salt Lake City, GSL has expanded to include offices across the western United States and revenue last year of nearly $53 million. “Throughout our existence, our focus has always been on being a diverse contractor and providing a wide range of services for commercial and industrial clients,” said Business Development Manager Nathan Cartwright, “from complex industrial projects including mining, food processing and water treatment facilities to retail, institutional and other commercial sites.” GSL prides itself on large, complex and/or fast-pasted electrical installations, targeting large commercial and industrial projects. Its regional portfolio is diverse, including schools, hospitals, detention projects, data centers and manufacturing projects. Its expertise includes pre-construction, value engineering, design-assist, and design-build services. Its wealth of experience in those services allows it to provide innovative and reliable solutions. “We work very hard to attract and then retain what we believe to be the very best electricians and support staff in our industry,” said Cartwright, “those who fully commit to and embrace our culture. We achieve the highest levels of customer service by taking pride in our craftsmanship and the quality of our installations.” Adaptability has proven essential. “As we all know, the construction industry is much different today than it was five years ago,” said Cartwright. When Las Vegas Branch Manager Tom Jensen saw that some clients needed a different approach for their smaller, faster projects, he created a special projects department.
More recently, Jensen again saw an opportunity to better service the needs of clients by forming a Low-Voltage Systems department to provide true turnkey electrical systems. “This department can design, install and maintain all of the low voltage services needed on a project.” One of GSL’s largest projects this year was the Nicholas & Company food distribution center, a design-build project completed in May that involved a food storage warehouse in North Las Vegas, with 140,000 square feet of dedicated dry food warehouse space, over 50,000 square feet of cold storage warehouse space, a 20,000 square foot office space and a test kitchen for client demonstrations. Another major project this year was the High Desert Detention Center expansion. Located in Adelanto, Calif., but serviced by GSL’s Las Vegas branch, the $145.4 million project increased the facility’s capacity by 1,392 additional beds. Other additions included health and dental care facilities, high-definition security surveillance, video interfacing for inmate visitation, and three additional housing units. GSL Electric provided more than $10.5 million in electrical construction services throughout the duration of the project. It was completed in February. Since last year’s renovation of The D casino (formerly Fitzgerald’s), GSL has continued to work alongside D Rock Gaming to provide tenant improvements to the hotel with minimal interruption of services for guests. The company has also served as a prime contractor to provide an overhaul to the wireless communications infrastructure on the main UNLV campus. GSL has several significant upcoming projects in the months ahead. “Speaking in general terms,” said Cartwright, “we look forward to starting work soon on a large commercial design-build gaming project, a large data center project, a detention center upgrade, a hospital addition, and a waste water treatment facility upgrade.” — Howard Riell