No job is too large or small for Sonepar and its network of brands around the world, and over the years we've been involved in some major projects, from renovations of national monuments to the construction of new hospitals, schools and cultural centers.
Take a look at a selection of some of the major projects we've worked on, over just the past few years.
2018: Ground control
Sonepar brand Cooper Electric took up the challenge of installing a wide range of substation equipment at the Delta Terminal of LaGuardia airport in New York, in 2018, as part of a $8bn upgrade going on at the site. Airport projects bring their own host of obstacles, including security matters (the airport remains fully operational during its overhaul) and coordination between multiple manufacturers and project managers from the private and public sectors.
Cooper Electric brought their signature brand of service efficiency and diligence to the project. The upgrades are ongoing, with four new concourses for Delta Airlines due to be fully operational this fall.
2018: Making connections
As part of a public-private partnership project with the Canadian government, Lumen supplied a unique lighting solution for the Champlain Bridge roadway in Montreal. The bridge, which is used for around 50 million crossings each year, is a main artery in and out of the Montreal area, crossing the St Laurence Seaway. Working with a local supplier of fiber-reinforced pipe and fittings along with Philips, Lumen was able to create these dramatic lighting effects.
2017: A commitment to excellence
With more than 1,000 staff and 600 medical students on site, the New Children's Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, is one of Europe's most advanced treatment facilities for pediatric patients – 2,000 rooms, 12 operating areas, 16 intensive care units all spread across an eight-story facility.
Constructed to a rigorous budget and timeline, the hospital required a contractor that could deliver the utmost levels of reliability. They engaged SLO, which supplied flawless logistics and products from lighting and electrical equipment to fiber-optic cabling.
2017: Big data
Sonepar's Asia-Pacific brand Pacific Datacom was enlisted by Woodside Petroleum to help complete their new global headquarters in Perth, Western Australia. The project included the largest on-premise data center in WA, complete with complex row-cooling solutions. Pacific Datacom supplied over 1.5 million meters of cable, 30,000 data outlets, 300 floor-standing data cabinets, 150 wall mounted cabinets and 24 in row cooling units for the data center. It was the largest project ever tackled by Pacific Datacom.
(Photo: Cyro A. Silva)
2017: Shoring up Bangkok
Bangkok is susceptible to flooding, sometimes at enormous human cost. In late 2011, more than 800 people were tragically killed when floodwaters breached defenses and inundated the Thai capital. Sonepar brand Sonic Automation supported a defense project to monitor and manage floodwaters and canals. Sonic Automation supplied ControlLogix platforms including wireless communication systems and training, to help Bangkok authorities manage future flooding and protect lives.
(Photo: Daniel Welsh)
2017: Street style
When the city of Hamilton in New Zealand's Waikato region wanted to replace its street lighting, Corys Electrical went above and beyond, designing the colorful and imaginative lighting solution you see here. The project involved installing 15,000 LED fixtures as well as extensive testing and consultation with the local community.
(Photo: Signify New Zealand, formerly Philips Lighting)
2016: Hamburg's ode to joy
Known fondly to locals as Elphi, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg was completed in late 2016 and immediately recognized as one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.
Sonepar Deutschland supported the project throughout its construction, supplying lighting systems and solutions, cables and building management equipment. It was their largest project of 2016, and one that demanded unparalleled levels of innovation, flexibility and speed.
The concert hall hosted its first performance on January 11, 2017, and celebrated with a light show – naturally.
2016: Positive power
Panama is the home to Central America's first solar power plant, a 2.4 MW installation located in the Sarigua National Park. It opened in 2014 but was expanded and updated in 2016, with Sonepar's Central and South American brand Warren working alongside the Panama Canal Authority to install almost 100 solar panels and their inverters, while providing training to the teams on the ground.
2015: China takes the Mickey
Mainland China opened its first Disneyland in 2016, and three of Sonepar's Chinese brands were involved in its construction. Shunmoon Shanghai Lighting, a specialist in lighting systems and solutions,delivered various outdoor lighting, street lamps, emergency lighting and more; Hagemeyer China, a leading distributor of power distribution, industrial control and industrial MRO products, provided panel builders; and Electric Fever China, a cable master distribution specialist, provided cables.
All companies did their bit to bring the Magic Kingdom to Mainland China.
(Photo: Baycrest - Wikipedia user - CC-BY-SA-2.5 / Baycrest - 維基百科用戶 - CC-BY-SA-2.5)
2015: Making beautiful music together
Paris' Philharmonie de France is a huge celebration of music, consisting of a 2,400-seat symphonic concert hall, a museum, rehearsal rooms, restaurants and bars. The spectacular, metal-clad building was opened in 2015, after a construction project overseen by Engie Ineo. Sonepar France was contracted to work on the project, providing logistics and expertise, and setting up dedicated stocks to facilitate successful construction.
(Photo: Guilhem Vellut Baycrest)
2014: Let there be lights
From Paris to Brazil, and the South American nation's most iconic monument, Cristo Redentor – Christ the Redeemer – the 30-meter statue of Jesus Christ that stands atop Mount Corcovado, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.
In 2014, Sonepar and its suppliers took on the job of creating new lighting installations for the art deco monument, bathing French sculptor Paul Landowski's work in colored hues. Key to the project was lightning protection, as the sculpture is struck by lightning three to five times each year, on average.
(Photo: Cyro A. Silva)
2013: Putting on the Ritz
Long renowned as one of the most elegant hotels in the world, the Ritz Paris first opened in June 1898, but by 2012 it was decided the hotel needed a major overhaul. It closed for four years, during which time Franco Belge Electricité was engaged to supply new cabling and appliances.
The work proved a great success, and the Ritz reopened in 2016, more spectacular than it's ever been. The project proves that the Sonepar Group can deliver on any project, from small domestic upgrades to the grandest palaces in the world.
2013: Where the world meets
The United Nations Secretariat Building sits on the east side of Manhattan, a magnificent example of mid-20th-century architecture designed in part by two of the most celebrated architects of the past 100 years: Brazil's Oscar Niemeyer and France's Le Corbusier. Sonepar's North American brand Cooper Electric had its own part to play in the preservation of this architectural and diplomatic icon, overseeing the updating of the lighting in the building in 2014, along with technical management and safety oversight on the project.
(Photo: Daryan Shamkhali)
2012: Driverless trains in Australia
Back in 2012, two Sonepar companies teamed up to provide advice, pre-assembly services and supply chain services on a project to deploy driverless trains in the Australian Outback. Lawrence & Hanson and Pacific Datacom worked in collaboration, helping a contractor to roll out the driverless trains to shuttle iron ore between a mine in remote Pilbara and the capital of Western Australia, Perth.
(Photo: Peter Boer)
2012: Malaysian skyscrapers
The Petronas Towers were constructed in 1998 and were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004 – they are still the tallest twin towers anywhere on Earth. The buildings are a formidable engineering feat, and the pride of Malaysia. Sonepar brand KVC was involved in a major external lighting project at the towers in 2012. To this day, the towers are illuminated each night, and visible across Kuala Lumpur.
(Photo: Jannus Jagomagi on Unsplash)