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Olympia Lab Windows Replacement
Workers hired through
Twin City Glass of Longview, Washington, install energy-efficient windows at
the USFS Olympia Forestry Sciences Laboratory (Olympia, Washington). The contractor
estimate a two-thirds decrease in the amount of heat transferred by the approximately
150 windows at the lab.
The Olympia Forestry Sciences Laboratory is the first facility in the Pacific
Northwest Research Station to receive funding through the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The station received $260,000 in the first
round of economic recovery funding under the ARRA to replace outdated, low-thermal-rated
windows at the Olympia Lab. The funding was used to create 10 local jobs for
the installation of energy-efficient windows, including glazers, painters,
carpenters, managers, and clerical staff.
This project will significantly reduce the lab’s energy use and, at the
same time, it creates needed jobs in our local community,” said Doug
Ryan, line officer at the 16,000-square-foot research facility.
The lab was built in the 1960s and originally had single-pane windows. The
project removed 136 outdated windows and replaced them with modern energy-efficient
windows that provide better insulation and reflect infrared light, which
will help to retain heat in the winter and repel it in the summer. The calculated
decrease in U-value (the standard measure of the amount of heat being transferred
by windows) was from 1.02 (single pane) to 0.29 (double-pane), one-third
the original heat loss.
The project was performed by Longview, Washington-based Twin City Glass. Pacific
Tech, also based in Longview, was the project’s general contractor.
Installation of the new windows began in March 2009, and was completed in May