Explore America's leading high-tech development and idea hub and the epicenter of renewable electrical construction
If the host city of a NECA convention and show is properly situated — within a region that has plenty of sights worth seeing — many NECA members stay on for the Post-Convention Tour. You’re in luck this year. After NECA’s convention in San Francisco, Silicon Valley beckons (Wednesday, October 7 - Friday, October 9). This extremely valuable part of the world is America’s leading high-tech development and idea hub and is the epicenter of renewable electrical construction — two characteristics that make it appealing to NECA contractors, wherever they may work.
Attractions and Amenities
The Post-Convention Tour will make stops at many iconic Silicon Valley locations, including but not limited to:
- Apple Company Headquarters and “Mothership,”
- Steve Jobs’ Garage, where it all started,
- Tour and Lunch at Levi’s Stadium,
- The INTEL Museum,
- Adobe Corporate Headquarters,
- Facebook (Photo Op),
- Lunch at Buck’s of Woodside,
- Stanford University Hoover Tower,
- NASA Museum/Moffett Field,
- Linked-In Headquarters,
- Googleplex (Photo Op),
- Computer History Museum, and
- Winchester Mystery House
We’re especially proud that the Silicon Valley icons participants will enjoy include one added to the guidebooks just a few months ago: Levi’s Stadium, the home-game home of the San Francisco 49ers and site of Superbowl 50 next year, which was design-built by a NECA member-firm Cupertino Electric.
More about that below, but first we want to tell you that tour participants will stay at the Hotel Valencia, and that’s a major attraction, too. It’s right in the heart of San Jose’s toniest shopping district, Santana Row, a lively entertainment district lined with designer shops, restaurants, bars and high-rent condominiums. Treat yourself and join us!
"Greenest Stadium" and NECA Linked-In
Levi’s Stadium is the "greenest" sports complex in North America. It is one of the largest buildings registered with the U.S. Green Building Council. It is also the first stadium with both a “green” roof and solar panels.
Cupertino Electric completed construction of the 1.8 million-square-foot NFL stadium working for a joint venture of Turner and Devon Construction. It opened in July 2014. In addition to designing and constructing Levi’s Stadium’s electrical systems, Cupertino Electric also designed and built complex tele/data and Distributed Antennae Systems (DAS).
Cupertino’s in-house engineering and BIM teams oversaw and completed the stadium’s electrical design two months ahead of schedule and within the construction budget. The company also designed the stadium’s sports lighting power distribution and control system. In addition to meeting a fast-track schedule, the electrical engineering team completely designed the food service, lighting, branch power, and miscellaneous support systems required for the massive facility.
Cupertino Electric also installed a 375-kilowatt solar photo- voltaic (PV) system on the “green roof” and pedestrian bridges of Levi’s Stadium. Cupertino Electric worked directly for NRG Energy and Sunora Energy Solutions to help make this NFL stadium one of the most sustainable ones built to date. The annual production of solar energy produced by the system can power an entire season of 49ers home games.
Adding to its growing list of firsts, Levi’s Stadium has become the first stadium in the United States that is home to a professional football team to receive LEED Gold certification as new construction. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
About Cupertino. One of the largest specialty contractors in the nation, NECA-member Cupertino Electric is a private company headquartered in San Jose, California, that has provided electrical engineering and construction services for more than 60 years. Specializing in complex electrical systems, the company serves commercial clients in a variety of industries, including biotech, data center, education, healthcare, high-tech, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, solar and utility.
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This trip has been arranged by American Travel Association (ATA), the same entity behind the 2015 NECA International Study Mission to South America, October 31-November 11, focusing on Chile and Argentina, with an optional extension to Brazil to tour Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. (Click here for the 2015 NECA International Study Mission brochure/registration form.)
ATA has also prepared a brochure for the Post-Convention Tour.
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NOTE: Receipt of final payment is due in the office of ATA no later than August 6.