Abandoned Airplane Hangar Transformed to Solar-Powered Neighborhood Gathering
Denver, Colo.— Martifer Solar USA recently completed a 106kW system on the rooftop of the newly renovated Hangar 2 building in the downtown Lowry district. The Hangar 2 building is a boutique development purposed to restore the Lowry landmark into a modern, energy-producing neighborhood place.
The solar array will provide approximately 148,343 kWh annually for the building, which is enough power to supply the electrical consumption of 18 homes each year. The solar photovoltaic (PV) array was designed to mimic the three rows of skylights that were on the original historic building.
The 1930’s landmark needed to be utilized and simultaneously preserved. Hartman Ely Investments and Denver-based Larimer Associates spearheaded the Lowry neighborhood project. “Solar power at Hangar 2 is an essential part of our green development strategy. The solar provides approximately 25 percent of the building’s total power needs and the building uses only 50 percent of the energy that a typical mixed-use building of this size uses,” said Jim Hartman, Developer partner of Hangar 2, Inc.
“We are honored to be able to continue the redevelopment of Lowry with this unique, boutique development,” said Jeff Hermanson, CEO for Larimer Associates. “What makes this project so exciting is that it combines history with today’s technologies. We are transforming one of Lowry’s most historic buildings into a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient facility.”
Martifer Solar was contracted to assist the pairing of community and business goals by recreating the Hangar 2 space. The Hangar was transformed into a solar-powered storage, office and retail building adjacent to the Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Before panels could be integrated into the site, Martifer worked to coordinate extensive roof repairs in efforts to best maintain the historic landmark. The project was managed and procured from Martifer’s regional Denver office, located within the Hangar 2 development.
“The Hangar 2 building is a part of the Denver community and its proud aviation history. We were honored to be a part of the Hangar’s preservation and transformation,” said Raffi Agopian, CEO of Martifer Solar USA.
About Martifer Solar USA
Los Angeles based Martifer Solar USA, (www.MartiferSolarUSA.com) specializes in the design, engineering and installation of residential, commercial and industrial-scale photovoltaic (PV) electric systems and components. Martifer Solar USA has been installing systems within the U.S. since 2001 under the banner A&M Energy Solutions. Martifer Solar is a division of the Martifer Group, (www.Martifer.pt), a publicly traded construction and renewable energy company. To date, Martifer Solar has participated in the implementation of over 100 MW of photovoltaic solar energy worldwide.
About Hanger 2 Partners
Hangar 2 Partners is made up of Denver-based Larimer Associates and Hartman Ely Investments. A real estate investment and management firm, Larimer Associates has been instrumental in creating vibrant retail developments with sensitivity to historic structures such as Larimer Square in downtown Denver, 32nd & Lowell in the Highlands neighborhood and 44th & Lowell in the Berkeley neighborhood. Hangar 2 Partners have a different real estate development philosophy that champions the notion to find the site first and create a project around the neighborhood’s needs, versus dropping a pre-fabricated project onto a site. For more information about the Hangar 2 development, visit hangar2lowry.com.
About Hartman Ely Investments LLC
Specializing in design, adaptive use of historic buildings, renewable energy and energy efficiency, Hartman Ely Investments (HEI) has developed a number of successful projects in Lowry including The Steam Plant Lofts and Row Homes. HEI is also an expert with integrating solar development with a building’s architectural features (BIPV) as at Lowry’s Hangar 2 and Total Longterm Care Headquarters. HEI managed the development of Boulder, Colorado’s largest solar farm, the 1MW facility at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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