Electricians are Lighting up the Holidays
DENVER, CO – The Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) is designing, building the newest float addition to the annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights. Electricians and apprentices at IECRM engaged in a design competition for the new float that will highlight new, state-of-the-art lighting features not seen before in the parade. The new float will make its inaugural appearance on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 in the 2017 9NEWS Parade of Lights.
“IECRM apprentices and member contractors are very excited to have the unique opportunity to show off their skills in a creative way with the design and build of the newest addition to the 2017 9NEWS Parade of Lights,” says IECRM CEO Marilyn Akers Stansbury. “Our apprenticeship students and member partners are hard at work building the new float. Who better than an electrical trade association and an electrical trade school to come up with a bright idea and bring it to fruition to illuminate the wintery streets of Denver for the Parade of Lights?”
IECRM held a design contest and offered its students, members, and industry partners the opportunity to involve its apprentices and be a part of this unique experience. The winning float design was selected by a panel of judges comprised of employees of the Downtown Denver Partnership and the IECRM Board of Directors. The final float concept presents a splendid array of LED lighting, wiring, fiber optics, and design applications to create the Sparkling Ice Castle of the Future – a dreamy winter scene of brilliance and wonder, utilizing state-of-the-art and energy-efficient lighting features.
A volunteer team comprised of electricians, apprentices, and industry professionals are constructing the float using the most cutting edge LED lighting provided by IECRM’s industry partners. “We hope that our float captures the attention of many men, women, minorities, and military veterans who are looking for a rewarding career,” says IECRM Training Director Paul Lingo. “It’s a really great way for us to portray a career in electrical contracting and renewable energy in a fun and imaginative way.”
IECRM is a trade association for the electrical contracting and renewable energy industry serving Colorado and Wyoming. It represents more than 200 member companies and educates more than 1100 electrical apprentices and licensed electricians annually. IECRM serves all of the Denver Metro area with campuses in Northglenn and Ft. Collins, and offers live, online instruction for remote students.