Project Profile: Large Scale Voltage Conversion

Project Scope:

Our client had a large suburban area fed by two older low voltage substations and an old, outdated distribution system. After a suitable site was chosen, Wagner Technical Services was contracted to do a complete circuit configuration of new and existing distribution lines to achieve a transfer of load from the old substation to the new one. Wagner technicians worked closely with the client’s engineering, construction, accounting, and permit personnel, as well as the joint representatives of the cable television and telephone companies in the area.

Our task was not only to design a new, more reliable distribution infrastructure, but to do so in a manner that would cause minimal impact to customers. New circuits were designed so that they could be constructed while maintaining the old circuits. Consideration was also given to minimizing outages during the conversion process.


Project goals were established for pole installation, new conductor installation, conversion, and establishing switching and recloser locations to assure maximum safety and performance. More than 350 utility poles were installed or replaced along with 135,000 feet of new conductor of various sizes, and all equipment such as transformers, anchors, guys, and with service upgrades. 


Wagner Technical Services supplied the necessary project drawings, bills of material, labor estimates, joint proposal applications, and day-to-day customer support to successfully complete the five year project on time.                                              

Below are some before and after pictures of the project. Click here for sample work orders and a secondary layout.