Driving down Airport Way in South Seattle, one passes the iconic Rainier brewery on the right hand side. This landmark building has been converted into office space, a common theme in Seattle. While these days Seattle is best known for its tech scene, this section of roadway abutting I-5 still holds reminisce of the life blood of this unique city. It’s one that builds consumer goods, not just the apps that divert our attention on a second to second basis.
Fabriform (now Fabrifi), just a stone’s throw away from the infamous Rainier Brewery, is another one of Seattle’s long time manufacturing businesses. Over the past 38 years, it has been an industry leader in plastics formation across the Pacific Northwest. It serves the aerospace, medical and dental, life sciences, gaming, semiconductor, marine, transportation, and food processing industries.
Unlike some of its foundry neighbors along Airport Way, Fabrifi’s manufacturing process is clean, technical, and requires great attention to detail. When Urban Energy Group first audited the facility it was clear that uniformity, maintenance savings, and energy efficiency were the customer’s main issues of concern. There were too many existing lights cluttered throughout the space. Our main goal was to redesign the layout in order to improve distribution, while significantly decreasing the number of existing high bay fixtures.
Post installation the main production facility looked like a completely new space. We cut the number of high bay fixtures in half. We spaced the new LED high bays evenly throughout the warehouse and converted the task lighting to LED above areas that required attentional light. The redesign improved the overall appearance of the building’s interior. There was uniformity across the space and distribution greatly improved.
- $5,727 saved/yr
- 71,583 kWh saved/yr
- 66% energy saved/yr
- 53% incentivized by Seattle City Light