Hatzel & Buehler Rises in a Soft Market
Hatzel & Buehler is also looking to expand its service, as opposed to installation, work. Right now 30% to 35% of Hatzel & Buehler’s work is on the service side. Most contractors would agree that is “the sweet spot, to get repeat business,” Goeller says, and he is going to try to grow that part of the business, though he says he does not have a target.
But in 2015, Hatzel & Buehler won two contracts that contributed toward that objective. In February, it gained the contract to provide electrical maintenance work for One World Trade Center. The work covers electrical distribution systems, including all common areas, the central utility plant, the emergency generation facility, the War Memorial Museum and the Transit Hub. Also, in partnership with real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, Hatzel & Buehler provides support for retail and offices spaces throughout the World Trade Center site.
In May, the company won the contract to be the electrical contractor for the United Nation’s 20-building campus in New York City. The scope of work includes preventive maintenance on hundreds of pieces of distribution equipment and emergency transfer switches, 24-hour on-call electrical service and work ranging from small jobs to large construction projects.
Hatzel & Buehler also managed a good safety record. Earlier this year it won electrical industry recognition for its Safety Excellence and Zero Injury Awards program.
In August, the National Contractors Insurance Ltd. recognized the firm for its company-wide efforts in safety and risk management with the Award of Excellence for Risk Control. And in April company offices in New Jersey, West Virginia, Philadelphia and Delaware were recognized for no recordable incidents throughout the year.