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Articles | December 1, 2021

Rosendin Electric Provides Services To LifeMoves Mountain View, An Interim Housing Community for People Experiencing Homelessness

Rosendin Electric has installed electrical services to LifeMoves Mountain View, a 100-unit interim housing community for unhoused people in Mountain View. The project was developed by LifeMoves, a non-profit organization, in cooperation with the City.

Photo of the LifeMoves Mountain View project

LifeMoves helps people experiencing homelessness transition to permanent housing through case management and housing location services. LifeMoves Mountain View has beds to serve 124 people. The project is funded through a joint venture with the state, county, City of Mountain View, corporations and individuals.

Rosendin began the project last October, installing the electrical low voltage pathways and the fire alarm system
and completed the project in May, 2021. Rosendin worked with over 20 electricians and technicians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 332 in San Jose to finish the project.

The prefabricated modular units,
some constructed from storage containers, were built in a factory and interconnected on site within a six-month timeframe. Rosendin Electric provided services for the installation of the electrical infrastructure, low voltage pathways and fire alarm systems for the interim housing project. XL Construction served as the general contractor. Joanne Price, V.P., Real Estate & Operations, led the project for LifeMoves..

The prefabricated units provide shelter for 88 individuals and 12 families. Every family has a private room, heating and air conditioning, with a front door that locks. Clients are anticipated to stay for 90 to 120 days while they
get established and begin on the path to more permanent housing.

LifeMoves connects clients to primary and behavioral health care, safety net and supportive services and other benefits, along with providing job placement resources and classes on subjects such as professional development and financial literacy. A food service area and community building are at the heart of the site.

Rosendin installed feeders into each of the 100 units for electrical distribution. Before Rosendin could set up the distribution panel for the units, it worked with PG&E to develop new service for the site and bring
the utility service in from the street.
In order to set up the distribution
of service for each unit, Rosendin installed a main distribution board, toward the front of the project and then another secondary distribution board toward the middle of the project.

In addition, wall-mounted panel boards were put on the exterior of a number of the units to handle additional loads. Rosendin also installed the low voltage pathways in all of the buildings. Rosendin worked with Intrepid Electronics to install the fire alarm system. The monitoring station and main panel for the fire alarm system are located in the security office on site.

“It was a very meaningful project in that it allowed us the opportunity
to do something in the community that has a very positive impact, getting people off the street and into permanent housing,” said Ryan Gill. “We developed an incredible partnership with the owner, the general contractor, the city and the utility.”

For more information about Rosendin Electric and its services, contact Ryan Gill, Project Executive at 702.513.6044 or email Ryan Gill at [email protected] or go to

About Rosendin

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Rosendin is employee-owned and one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, employing over 7,500 people, with revenues averaging $2 billion. Established in 1919, Rosendin remains proud of our more than 100 years of building quality electrical and communications installations and value for our clients but, most importantly, for building people within our company and our communities. Our customers lead some of the most complex construction projects in history and rely on us for our knowledge, our ability to scale, and our dedication to quality. At Rosendin, we work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a culture that is diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

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