Florida Statewide Electrical Assessment

Dell Consulting was contracted by the Florida Department of Management Services to perform an electrical conditions assessment for 30 buildings (2 Million SF of occupied floor space) across the State of Florida, ranging from the Marathon Regional Service Center in Marathon Key to the General Chappie James Building in Pensacola.


    • Location:  Statewide
    • Cost:  Study $270,000
    • Facility Type: Government
    • Owner: Florida Department Management Services
    • Services:  Electrical Engineer

The buildings varied in function from general service office buildings to complex Florida Department of Law Enforcement laboratories. The assessment scope consisted of evaluating customer owned medium voltage distribution equipment, service entrance equipment, plug-in busduct, and standby power system equipment (e.g., generators, automatic transfer switches, and emergency / legally required / optional standby power system distribution equipment) to assess the overall equipment condition, resiliency, identify conditions that could impact the reliability or safety of the electrical equipment, identify conditions that could undermine serviceability of the equipment, and assist Florida DMS in establishing a replacement priority for obsolete and unserviceable equipment. Additional recommendations were also provided where electrical deficiencies, such as missing or inadequate grounding, failed or inadequate surge protection, inadequate lightning protection, etc., were observed. Each finding was described in detail along with a recommendation and rough-order-of-magnitude cost to address the finding.

During the course of the study, a unit substation at one facility was discovered to have a significantly high available arc-flash energy which could lead to a dangerous arc flash event. An active arcing fault was uncovered at another facility. Each dangerous operational condition was immediately reported to DMS and action was taken to resolve the condition immediately.

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