Griffin Electric wires renovation of historic Birmingham Building Trades Towers Project

Holliston, MA (August 2021). In mid-2022, the historic renovation of the 12-story, Birmingham Building Trades Towers in Birmingham, AL is expected to reach completion. Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. (Griffin Electric), a leading electrical subcontractor throughout New England and the Southeast for over four decades, is currently providing installation work for the 144,000-sf apartment complex, which was originally built in 1967 and closed following a fire in 2015.

Renderings courtesy of Hendon + Huckstein Architects, P.C.

Once used as affordable housing for seniors, the Trades Towers will soon feature 242 new studio and one-bedroom apartment units following the demolition and removal of existing architectural and mechanical components. The ground level of the redevelopment will also include an on-site fitness area, app-based security for the building and parking spaces, bike shop, and game room for residents. Additionally, the exterior of the project will include a 11,500-sf gated terrace with both outdoor cooking and seating areas.

On-site, the Alabama Griffin team is tasked with installing two new 2,000 amp services and one 1,200 amp service, as well as a 400 kW generator. Griffin Electric’s scope of work also includes 12-stories of 2,000 amp 120 / 208 V busway, and 10-stories of 600 amp 120 / 208 V busway.

Three Birmingham-based firms are also involved with the project, including The Robins & Morton Group and Hendon & Huckstein Architects, P.C., the general contractor and architect, respectively. Hyde Engineering, Inc. is serving as the electrical engineer.

About Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc.
In the electrical contracting business since 1978, Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. has proudly served on projects in a range of markets throughout New England and Southeast for over four decades. Headquartered in Holliston, MA, the company also has regional offices in Pelham, AL, Duluth, GA, Charlotte, NC and Raleigh-Durham, NC. ENR (Engineering News-Record) ranked Griffin Electric 27th in its 2020 listing of the top 50 national electrical contractors and 1st among electrical contractors in New England. The company employs nearly 1500 individuals. For more information, please visit