US Army Corps of Engineers



Torcon, Inc., in joint venture with Manhattan Construction, managed and installed a solar thermal energy system at the US Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRID) facility located in Frederick, Maryland at Fort Detrick.

This project was part of a $500 million lab expansion being completed by Torcon and Manhattan, which will create the premier biodefense laboratory for the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

Solar thermal energy (STE) is a technology for harnessing solar energy for thermal energy (heat). STE is different from and much more efficient than solar photovoltaics, which converts solar energy directly into electricity.

The designers, HDR CUH2A, and the installers, Kinetics, worked together to design and implement a solar thermal panel system to supplement the hot water system in the new building by preheating the water, reducing the amount of energy it takes to steam-fire the water to its ideal temperature.

The STE system is part of an overall sustainable implementation plan intended to secure LEED accreditation for the USAMRIID facility.