Gold Hard Hat Award
Ascent Solar Production Process
Submitted by Trinity Mechanical Inc.
Renovation of a 120,000-sq-ft building created a production facility for Ascent Solar, a photovoltaic solar development company. The renovation portion of the project transformed a building constructed in the mid-20th Century into a state-of-the-art company headquarters.
The production facility houses more than two miles of process piping systems, installed in a three-month period, and a central plant consisting of three 500-ton chillers, three 500-ton evaporative cooling towers, 16 centrifugal pumps, five plate and frame heat exchangers and numerous storage tanks to serve the five process cooling loops.
Construction of the new Ascent Solar headquarters has created more than 200 engineering and manufacturing jobs in Colorado, contributing to Gov. Ritter’s new-energy economy.
Owner: Ascent Solar
Contractor: Roupp Construction
Engineer: Trinity Mechanical
Start: Oct. 2008
Finish: June 2009