We had the great privilege of assisting in the construction of Westfield's new Grand Junction Plaza. Grand Junction Plaza is a new development that opened to the public at the end of 2021 in the heart of downtown Westfield. The plaza includes a six-acre park complete with an amphitheater, walking trails, and an immersive playground. Three structures were built on the property to house public amenities and the necessary equipment in storage rooms. Huston Electric was awarded the entire electrical scope of work for this project.
For Huston, this project started in the summer of 2020 and was completed at the beginning of this year. Huston's role in this project was to run power and install all the electrical components in the park including the light poles that line the perimeter and walking trails. Each pole is connected to a lighting control system installed in one of the electrical rooms. Three structures were constructed in the park; Huston handled all the electrical for each. One of the structures is set up to hold public amenities like restrooms, lockers, a café, and a temperature-controlled gathering space. Inside that structure, Huston installed linear LED light fixtures and floor lighting around the indoor perimeter (pictured in the gallery below).
Huston Electric installed over 35,000 feet of PVC conduit underground during this project (just over 6 ½ miles) that provided raceways for power, lighting, emergency power, telecommunications, A/V and fire alarm. As well as power to 76 light poles and 3 structures. With (2) directional bores and (28) Quazite boxes ranging from 11" X 18" to 36" X 36" Huston Electric was able to successfully distribute all necessary power and communications throughout this challenging project. Huston Electric also provided and installed a 35Kw generator located 450' away from the Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS), for emergency power to Café building and select site lighting.
Huston Tech, our specialized technology division was also included on this project. Huston Tech was responsible for providing the copper and fiber infra-structure for voice / data transmission. The fiber cabling was run underground to connect each data box and each structure to control systems. In addition to Huston Tech installing data boxes on some of the light poles, they also installed other devices such as wireless access points, speakers, and security cameras. In the amphitheater space, Huston Tech installed the theater cabling system to support line, mic, and speaker level audio signals.
The City of Westfield has big plans in the works for how they will utilize the new park to entice visitors which include plans for an ice-skating rink and corresponding amenities in the winter. In addition, to the already determined uses for this park, further development is projected for this site as well, including construction of possible additional structures. Residents of Westfield and the surrounding communities look forward to seeing all the wonderful things that will happen at this community space. Next time you are in downtown Westfield, make a point to visit Grand Junction Plaza!
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