New Panasonic building part of Denver's 'SmartCity'
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co.'s new operations and technology center. Photo courtesy of Denver Business Journal
M.A. Mortenson Co. has finished a 112,500-square-foot operations and technology center for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co. near Denver International Airport.
The Panasonic building is part of a development called Peña Station NEXT at 61st Avenue and Peña Boulevard along the new rail line to the airport, reports Denver Business Journal.
The station and the development surrounding it has been dubbed Denver’s “Smart City.” When completed, the complex is expected to sport solar power panels coupled with big batteries to support a microgrid electric system. It will also have LED street lights that analyze data from video feeds to turn on and off, community Wi-Fi, electric vehicle charging stations and autonomous electric shuttles, according to Panasonic.
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions announced in 2014 it had chosen Denver over 21 competing cities for its new headquarters.
Mortenson said its building, delivered for Westfield Co., is the first building at the 400-acre development owned by L.C. Fulenwider Inc. that’s just outside DIA's boundaries.
The project is under consideration for the gold level of LEED certification. LEED is short for “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design,” a certification program overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
The facility is big enough for more than 100 Panasonic engineers, scientists and management personnel of the company’s energy solutions group and its sensory solutions group, as well as Panasonic’s CityNOW smart city initiative.
The facility also includes a 24/7 network operations center that monitors a nationwide network of large-scale solar photovoltaic installations, Mortenson said.
Mortenson is also part of the team installing a patented system of “dual incline canopies” on the development’s carport, which is currently under construction, and owned by DIA.
Mortenson said the building also its first battery storage project at the site, as part of a Panasonic and Xcel Energy project for the microgrid portion of the development.
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