Philadelphia Electrifies Parkway


Varying and occasional need for electrical power
The City of Philadelphia holds regular outdoor parties and events on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. These events, including major rock and classical music extravaganzas, all require electricity. The city didn’t want to create a potential hazard by running extension cords out of the various museums that surround Eakins Oval and line the Parkway.


Outdoor, low profile, metered, distribution panels
The city and its electrical contractor called on Penn Panel & Box because of its unique ability to design and build custom enclosures and distribution equipment. Penn Panel designed and built two permanent electrical distribution enclosures installed on each side of Eakins Oval. The small, low-profile boxes have a special, key-operated inward-opening design so that access to wires is limited. Each panel contains 42 circuits to supply all the power that might ever be needed for any contingency. The installation includes metering so that the city can track how much power each event requires.

Events making use of the connections include the biggest bike race in the country, the First Union Bike Race, as well as Sunoco's Welcome America Celebration, and a host of others.

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