Ringland-Johnson Construction joined Commonwealth Edison today to unveil an interactive energy education center that’s only the second of its kind in the state.
Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey and 13th Ward Alderman Linda McNeely both spoke before helping officials from ComEd and Ringland-Johnson cut a ceremonial ribbon to open ComEd’s new attraction. The new “Smart Energy Hub” is located at the ComEd Rockford Training Facility at 403 Energy Avenue. The facility is a unique learning center designed to educate K-12 students on the electrical energy industry through hands-on displays and exhibits. Students can learn about energy related topics such as how energy is generated and delivered, smart grid technology, and the future of energy through interactive exhibits. ComEd welcomes school and scouting field trips for students of all ages and the Smart Energy Hub experience is free-of-charge.
“We’re happy to work with ComEd once again on this exceptional facility that gives local students the chance to learn about the future of energy while having fun doing it,” said Ringland-Johnson Construction’s President & CEO Brent Johnson.
Commonwealth Edison hired Ringland-Johnson as the general contractor for the project that began in September. Crews worked to remodel part of the existing Rockford Training Facility to accommodate the Smart Energy Hub’s space and specialized equipment. Ringland-Johnson completed construction of the training facility in 2013.
Work on the Smart Energy Hub began with initial demolition services to prepare for the remodeling project. Crews then attached new walls and installed new lighting and power units to run the hub’s interactive displays. Double aluminum doors were installed to create a new visitor entrance for the Smart Energy Hub.
Thousands of utility workers have taken specialized courses at the ComEd Rockford Training Facility since the state-of-the-art facility opened in January 2013. The facility features more than 34,000 square feet of indoor training space which includes seven classrooms, a 100-seat auditorium and a pole climbing yard to train ComEd linemen. The training center also features an additional 85,000 square feet of outdoor training space, complete with a 28-foot transmission tower to prepare utility workers with real life work experience.
For more information on the Smart Energy Hub, visit www.comed.com.