CEO, Victor Salerno was nominated, along with 23 other people and organizations in the Greater Rochester Area, to receive the 2013 Philanthropy Award, presented by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Vic was nominated by Saint John Fisher College for his dedication and generosity as an alumnus, donor, trustee, mentor, and friend.
In an RBJ Special Report, The Giving Drive, by Sheila Livadas, Vic’s nomination was described in a brief article:
St. John Fisher College did not just make a graduate out of Victor Salerno; it also created a lifelong advocate for the institution.
Salerno, a member of the class of 1966, has continued to provide financial support and to encourage others to give back in the 47 years since his graduation. He has motivated others in the business community to recognize St. John Fisher’s value, and through his leadership he helped to secure a $3.5 million contribution to the school.
Salerno, CEO of O’Connell Electric Co. Inc., and his wife, Eileen, donated $2 million to construct a new building for the business school, now called the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise.
In addition to financial gifts, Salerno frequently gives his time to the college to help develop programs and the institution as a whole.
“On occasion we all need help,” Salerno says. “Believe me, I know that for sure, and people along the way have helped all of us, and you hope it gets carried on into the future.”
Salerno’s generosity has been motivated by the actions of others in the community, he says.
“When we were younger, you never thought you’d be in a position to do things like this, but you see something in the community that other people have done,” he says. “We spread it around but I think the thing that can give you the most bang for your dollar is education. I would encourage anybody locally that has whatever school they attended to give back to them, because they can really impact generations to come.”
The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized all of the nominees at a luncheon event on National Philanthropy Day, November 1.
National Philanthropy Day celebrates giving, placing the spotlight on people and organizations driven to contribute to various causes.
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. was awarded the 2011 Craftsmanship Award by the Syracuse Builders Exchange in recognition of the outstanding electrical craftsmanship performed at Anheuser-Busch Baldwinsville Brewery.
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. was awarded the 2009 Craftsmanship Award by the Syracuse Builders Exchange in recognition of the outstanding electrical craftsmanship performed at G.A. Braun, Inc.
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. was awarded the 2004 Craftsmanship Award by the Builders Exchange of Rochester in recognition of the outstanding electrical craftsmanship accomplished on the O’Rorke Bridge (Stutson Street Bridge Replacement) Project.
In 2003, The Associated General Contractors of America awarded O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. the Excellence in Safety Silver Award.
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Steel Winds was among the first successfully implemented urban commercial wind farms in the U.S. That combined with the fact that the plant was part of New York State’s DEC Brownfield Cleanup Program, Buffalo’s wind power facility truly stands out as one of a kind.
State and federal governments continue to pass initiatives that offer developers incentives for building large-scale renewable energy projects on previously disturbed land. Dubbed Steel Winds II, power generation capacity at the current facility was increased to 35 MW with the introduction of six additional Clipper Liberty Wind Turbines. Libertys are impressive structures that feature 325-foot towers with 110-foot blades that are capable of generating 2.5 MW of electricity.
O’Connell Electric provided comprehensive end-to-end electrical construction, testing, and commissioning services for the initial Steel Winds development project. Under a contract for $3.25 million, we were again contracted by TVIG (Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group) to provide the complete electrical package for this expansion project and to increase distribution system reliability at the substation.
This time around our Technical Services Division played an expanded role. The division overhauled the onsite substation which included upgrading to solid state relays and electronic metering. We reconfigured the substation with a Schweitzer microprocessor-based protection system, installed new SCADA system with HMI (human-machine interface) for monitoring and controlling the substation automation package, and performed all acceptance and witness testing. Full reconditioning of the 115KV step-up transformers was performed which involved the installation of new circulation pumps and auxiliary controls, a new cooling package to enable increased capacity and base rating, an oil containment system, internal inspections of the transformers, and oil degasification. O’Connell also performed partial discharge testing of the underground collection system.
O’Connell crews constructed three miles of overhead transmission lines for the project as well as the underground to overhead collection system. We performed the tower wiring and installed the data communications network for the new turbines. Our safety record was impeccable throughout the project’s fast-paced time line.