United Power – Western Campus
United Power, an electric cooperative, headquartered in Brighton, Colorado provides retail electric power on a not-for-profit basis to customers located in Adams, Broomfield, Weld, Jefferson, Boulder and Gilpin Counties in Colorado. To enable more efficient service in their Western territory, United Power selected Centerre as the design-build contractor, teaming with EUA Denver, to renovate a 130,000 SF single story industrial tilt-up building in Longmont, CO for their office and warehouse use.
Centerre replaced the HVAC, fire protection and electric systems, removed and replaced ballasted roof, painted the entire exterior of the building, installed new skylights, ﬂashing and parapet caps. The interior renovations included the construction of a new 24/7 hardened dispatch center with redundant HVAC and emergency power constructed out of masonry walls and slab on metal deck ceiling to withstand severe weather conditions. The hardened dispatch center was constructed to protect sensitive IT servers, infrastructure, dispatch services, and provide shelter in case of an emergency. Interior renovations included the construction of conference rooms, offices, breakrooms, kitchen and a community center for United Power customers to utilize for meetings. The warehouse renovations included installation of new Overhead Doors, loading ramps, washbays, vehicle storage with CO sensors and exhaust systems, HLVS fans, vehicle maintenance and high bay warehousing.
Adjacent to this facility, United Power constructed its first commercial scale energy storage project. Developed in collaboration with Chicago-based SoCore Energy, the 4 MW/16 MWh battery storage system is the largest facility in the State of Colorado and one of the largest systems owned and operated by an electric co-op anywhere in the country. The battery storage system will store energy generated in the overnight hours, when demand is low, and discharge it during peak hours to reduce demand. Curbing peak demand will reduce costs and help improve the overall efficiency of United Power’s electric grid as it serves its more than 82,000 meters.