Carolina theater - durham, nc

Teaming with Durham on Generator Assessment for Carolina Theatre

McGill Draws on Experience in Standby and Alternate Power Sources

Carolina theater durham featured imageThe Carolina Theatre, located in Durham, North Carolina, currently has an onsite generator and is evaluating options for a new generator and related switchgear to adequately power the existing life-safety systems, elevator, and fire pump. McGill was selected to perform a generator assessment and study, with work to be completed by mid-summer 2021. This study will specifically evaluate size requirements to meet code, investigate existing conditions, view options for the location of the generator, evaluate existing electrical power distribution service, and provide cost estimates.

Rich with history, the Carolina Theatre has been one of Downtown Durham’s most cherished institutions since 1926. Now placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theatre’s history includes the premier of the baseball film, Bull Durham, along with live shows from stars such as Ronald Reagan and Katharine Hepburn. Today, the Carolina Theatre continues to attract visitors to Downtown Durham and remains a cultural resource.

According to Nick Huffman, Electrical Practice Area Lead at McGill, “One particular item of focus is the location to accommodate the larger unit as the existing mechanical yard is crowded with chillers, padmounted switch, utility transformers, and the existing generator.”

Carolina theater durham, generator assessmentNick will oversee this project on behalf of McGill. He has spent most of his career tackling complicated electrical engineering projects. McGill’s electrical team has developed a wealth of experience in standby and alternate power sources over the years. This includes recently designing and providing construction administration for a 1500 KW generator and automatic transfer switch (ATS) for the Town of Valdese in Burke County, a 1000 KW generator for the Broad River Water Authority in Rutherford County, and two 1000 KW generators with switchgear and transfer equipment for the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County. The team has years of experience working with regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with the national electrical code, as well has relevant local codes.

To learn more about McGill’s electrical team, visit our electrical engineering services page or reach out to Nick Huffman at or 828.328.2024.

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