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Roebbelen Contracting, Inc.




Folsom, CA




November 2019–September 2020




  • Electrical
  • Title 24 Testing & Compliance
  • Maintenance and Special Projects

Sutter Middle School was a design-bid-build project which involved modernization work in seven buildings, plus other miscellaneous site improvements. The project’s goals included bringing the school up to current fire alarm and Title 24 codes and interconnecting all low-voltage systems between the buildings, including fiber, fire alarms, security and intrusion. The combined square footage of the project was 70,000 square feet.

Royal was invited to participate by Roebbelen Contractors. We offered a competitive approach with expertise of the electrical and low voltage scopes, and suggested value engineering options which ultimately saved the district time and money. Up-front communication with the GC also enabled a productive and open dialog leading into the start of the project.

This project faced the usual challenges common to all modernizations: unforeseen conditions. This ultimately required a lot of unplanned investigation. It also fell to Royal to update schedules and maintain the necessary manpower to address changing conditions. In addition, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic created minor disruptions to the project schedule.

Royal collaborated with the abatement contractor on all electrical and LV demolition for all buildings, followed by a variety of activities which varied by building. Depending on the area, these included the complete replacement of all lighting in some buildings; adding power and data for low-voltage systems; replacing existing fire alarm, intrusion and communications systems with new infrastructure; or installing additional mechanical power where necessary.

Keeping the customer’s best interest in mind at all times, Royal collaborated with the general contractor, district, and associated trades to find quick solutions to each new challenge as they arose. Our team offered value engineering and cost savings options wherever possible, including underground and lighting relocation, and boring in lieu of open trench to decrease hardscape removal and replacement. Our good working relationship with the district was vital, and Royal’s honest, straightforward approach to evolving conditions allowed cost effective and timely execution of changed work.

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