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Medford Food Co-op

Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Historic 949 S. Riverside, Medford, ORMedford Food Co-op Architectural Design by Gary CapernaNewly Renovated Medford Food Co-op Project Details
In 2011, The Medford Food Co-op worked with Batzer Construction to radically remodel their building on Riverside Avenue into unique grocery retail space.The 1927 historic building was initially designed as a farmhouse by renowned local architect Frank Clark. It’s had many remodels over the years converting it to a hotel, restaurant, offices, daycare, and it was empty for the last 5 years. The decades of remodeling and turnover left many structural issues to solve.The biggest challenge was opening the interior spaces to create the large retail space for efficient Architect Gary Caperna and structural engineer Phil McCullough chose to use steel beams to replace all the interior structures that were removed, allowed the the store to be vaulted and let in daylight from the dormer window on the roof. The daylight helps reduce the need for lighting throughout much of the day. Energy efficient light fixtures were used for the needed lighting and insulation was increased throughout the building.A storm water “bioswale” in front of the store is planted with native plants and trees to help absorb storm water rather than it flooding into the city sewer system. “Keeping the natural landscape of the property was intentional and different than most retail properties in Medford,” according to Batzer Construction architect, Gary Caperna. “Co-op patrons are going to love it.”To date, the Medford Food Co-op has been awarded nearly $10,000 of incentive money for the energy efficiency measures for lighting and refrigeration.

Key Team Members:
Architect: Gary Caperna
Project Manager: John Ross

Size: 5500 SF

Press Release: Medford Food Co-op Receives Nearly $10,000 for Energy Efficiency!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Architect Gary Caperna at the Medford Food Co-op

Architect Gary Caperna at the Medford Food Co-op

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Medford Food Co-op Receives Nearly $10,000 for Energy Efficiency!”

Medford, OR, (April 2, 2012) – Last month, Energy Trust of Oregon awarded a check for $7,680 to the Medford Food Co-op  for the energy efficiency features that were designed and installed at their new store.   That brings the store total award for energy efficiency measures $9,924.

The Medford Food Co-op worked with Batzer Construction to radically renovate their building on Riverside Avenue into unique grocery retail space that opened in August of 2011.  Efficient operations were a part of the design goals according to architect Gary Caperna.  “We’re always working to balance the construction budget concerns with a client’s annual operating cost concerns.   Energy Trust of Oregon helps with incentive money that offsets the construction cost. “   Caperna worked closely with mechanical engineer Michele Freidrich of PECI to identify all the systems that could improve energy efficiency.  They put in the required pre-application to Energy Trust of Oregon in 2010 before work even started and the Co-op received an incentive of $1250, for having the Early Design Assistance Meeting.

When construction was complete last fall, the final calculations on energy savings were 60,845 kWh/year compared to a building that is only “code compliant.”  That’s enough energy to operate 4.4 households for a year according to the EPA.  The energy efficiency of the lighting and refrigeration reduced the carbon footprint of the Co-op by 35.3 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The check from Energy Trust of Oregon has just arrived and it was even better than expected.   The efficient lighting system yielded an incentive of $3,655 and the refurbished refrigeration systems earned them $4,025 in incentives.  Separately, Avista’s energy efficiency program awarded $994 for the energy saving night curtains that insulate open coolers during non-business hours.  “Navigating all of the paperwork for incentives is not always easy.  However Ben Reher of RHT Energy Solutions in Medford shepherded the Co-op painlessly through the process,” said General Manager, Emile Amarotico. “The project incentives of $9924 are just the start, the monthly savings on energy bills helps keep our overhead costs down, so we can spend that money in other ways important to the Co-op. “

So Live!: Energy Trust of Oregon

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction also hosts a local news talk show Monday through Thursday each week from 6am-8am.

Whenever the topic is about the construction industry, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the latest construction news from Southern Oregon.

Russ and Elizabeth McNanny of the Energy Trust of Oregon discuss the incentives for renewable energy, as well as tax credits available for solar systems and energy efficiency in buildings.

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