Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
First designed by Richard Neutra and constructed in 1963, The Petrified Forest National Park’s facilities required more efficient and renewable energy systems. Loven Contracting collaborated with the National Park Service to support this transition; the scope of construction services included installing a new solar water heater and associated heat exchanger in the Apartment Wing, replacing the existing HVAC system with a PV system, upgrading the main power feed from the transformer, service entrance, and main panel at the School Building, and constructing a shade structure with a photovoltaic array.
Additional features include more efficient AC models with audio and video capabilities and a roof-mounted PV system tied to the existing power system in the Community Building. With the installation of several systems to maximize energy usage and promote cost efficiency, the Petrified Forest National Park has made a smooth transition towards using more energy-efficient systems.