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Apogee Instruments, Inc.
Apogee Instruments was born in the spring of 1996 in Bruce Bugbee’s garage and expanded into this new facility in December 2007. Our 480 m2 (5,100 ft2) building has passive solar windows on the south side, and an open internal architecture to provide natural lighting to all work stations. The exterior is stone and stucco. The building has radiant floor heat and is “super-insulated” to reduce energy costs, reduce use and maintenance of HVAC equipment, and to increase comfort. The roof has an R-value of 80, the walls are R-40, and the low-E thermopane glass has an R of 3.4. Air infiltration is minimal due to careful sealing of each seam during construction. We monitor and control the building with a Campbell Scientific CR3000 datalogger, which is coupled to 64 multiplexer input channels and 32 output control channels. Internal and external temperature, humidity, CO2, O2, air velocity, and solar radiation are graphed in real time on computer screens mounted on the wall. Our company logo on the roof is visible from commercial aircraft flying at 8,000 meters.