Haselden Completes Construction Of Research Support Facility

CENTENNIAL, CO, July 30, 2010 – Haselden Construction, one of the region’s largest general contractors, recently completed the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 222,000 square-foot Research Support Facility (RSF) on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus in Golden, Colorado. 

The LEED® Platinum registered RSF is a national showcase for energy efficient large-scale construction, using 50% less energy than if it were built to current commercial code. Designed to be a net-zero energy building, the RSF is a living laboratory where NREL researchers are studying the building’s energy use – targeted for 35,000 BTU per square foot per year. The office building will house nearly 800 NREL and DOE staff who are moving from nearby leased space. 

With the completion of the Research Support Facility, Haselden Construction demonstrates that large-scale ultra energy efficient buildings are achievable for government and commercial applications in today’s market. The design-build team of Haselden and RNL delivered the high-performance office building through intense energy modeling, maximization of daylighting, and a host of passive energy strategies and renewable energy technologies. The building’s orientation and long, narrow footplate take full advantage of the abundant Colorado sun, providing day lit office space while minimizing unwanted heat losses and gains. Passive strategies such as transpired solar collectors – a technology developed at NREL – absorb solar radiation and deliver the heat where the building needs it. Other energy efficient features include under floor ventilation, operable windows, radiant and evaporative heating and cooling, a concrete labyrinth for thermal storage, and precast concrete insulated panels. Power-producing photovoltaic panels will be installed on the building’s roof. Laptop computing and highly efficient network equipment will also contribute to the low energy target. More information on the RSF can be found at http://www.nrel.gov/news/rsfnews/

Haselden Construction was founded in Colorado in 1973. The company provides construction services and sustainable projects in Colorado, Wyoming, and throughout the intermountain west including office buildings, educational, healthcare, mountain resorts, gaming, and municipal facilities. Haselden is ranked in the Top 40 regionally and Top 400 nationally by McGraw Hill Construction. For company information, please visit www.haselden.com.