Rite-Hite Headquarters Project Goes Green with Solar Panels on Building
Rite-HiteMilwaukee’s global headquarters project continues to progress on schedule with the recent installation of 900 rooftop-mounted solar panels at the Tech Building, which is on the south side of Freshwater Way. According to the company, the solar panels are expected to help offset the company’s energy costs for years to come and will be one of the green building components used in the construction of the 9.5-acre campus at Walker’s Point.
“Integrating solar power was an easy decision for us,” said Sara Everts, Rite-Hite’s Director of Communications. “Like most companies, we try to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and our overall environmental impact, and the roof of the Tech Building was a natural place for solar power.” The panels are expected to generate around 500,000 kWh annually, which can prevent 391 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
The panels were installed by Eland Electric Corporation, in conjunction with contractor CD Smith Construction.
“Congratulations to Rite-Hite for investing in reducing their energy consumption and carbon footprint by working with CD Smith to investigate the opportunity during the planning stages of construction,” said Jesse Michalski, Head of project at Eland. “It is much more efficient to install the solar panels as part of the initial construction process rather than installing them later. This approach ensures structural integrity and allows for seamless integration into the building’s electrical system.
Rite-Hite includes several other green building products in the new headquarters campus, including several built by Rite-Hite’s DuctSox subsidiary. In addition to extensive use of DuctSox fabric ductwork, new Rite-Hite buildings will also utilize DuctSox underfloor air dispersion systems. Both products compare favorably to traditional metal ductwork and air dispersion systems in terms of energy use and solid waste creation. Underwriter’s Laboratories recently certified an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for DuctSox products.
The technical building and parking structure on the south side of Freshwater Way are on track for completion in late spring/early summer 2022 and the four-storey head office building on the north side of the street should be completed by the end of the year. . Employee move-in dates have not yet been set.
Rite-Hite, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of material handling systems designed for maximum safety and productivity. The main product lines include vehicle restraints, dock levelers, integrated controls, dock shelters and shelters, IIoT logistics solutions, industrial electric doors, HVLS fans, wall- industrial curtains, snow removal machines, barrier safety systems, machine protection products, dock accessories and services.