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The Sun is Shining on SCHOTT Solar’s New Facility

Posted by Katy Richardson | Aug 23, 2009 9:19:00 AM

Richardson & Richardson Construction has completed a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing space for SCHOTT Solar. The new, award-winning facility sits on the company's 80-acre Mesa del Sol campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This serves as SCHOTT’s flagship North American manufacturing facility for photovoltaic modules and receivers for concentrated solar power plants.

SCHOTT Solar Manufacturing | Richardson & Richardson ConstructionOur team was met with multiple challenges during the completion of this project. SCHOTT’s proprietary equipment required a complex environment resulting in special considerations for foundations, flooring, utilities, plant water systems and end-user environmental controls. To accommodate the client’s specifications, Bekaert twisted steel fibers were used in lieu of rebar when pouring concrete, high-end specialty gas piping and fittings were installed for argon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen supplies, and the facility was equipped with a de-ionized water system throughout.

Associated General Contractors | Richardson & Richardson ConstructionThe jobsite’s desert location also presented continuous dust and air quality concerns. Our stringent outdoor dust control monitoring system, as well as our use of specialized sealants and coatings, resulted in a dust-free environment for SCHOTT’s highly-sensitive production process. Despite these challenges, we were still able to complete this project in just nine months, ahead of the projected 13-month timeline. Our efforts were recognized with a 2010 Associated General Contractors of New Mexico Best Buildings Award for Industrial/Manufacturing Projects over $20 Million. 


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Written by Katy Richardson

Katy was inducted in the business when she received her first hard hat at age 8. She has 18 years' experience in marketing and technical writing in the commercial construction and architectual/engineering industries. She has been with Richardson & Richardson as Marketing Director for four years. Her favorite project is the Lofts at Old Albuquerque High as she is particularly proud of restoring the building's exterior hardware. She is an AED Ambassador and is a member of Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), an international group that raises money for women’s education.