by Doug Storum
NIWOT — Alpen High Performance Products LLC, a manufacturer of energy-efficient windows, has leased space in the Boulder Tech Center off Colorado Highway 52 in Niwot as it returns operations to Boulder County.
Alpen has leased 30,000 square feet of a 39,000 square-foot building at 6268 Monarch Park Place.
The company, founded in 1982 by Robert Clarke, was sold to California-based Serious Energy Inc. in 2008 and continued to operate as Alpen HPP with operations in Colorado. Brad Begin, chief executive, bought the company back in 2012, but moved operations to Commerce City in December 2013.
Begin said the move back to Boulder County is about 60 percent complete and he hopes to be completely moved by February.
“We are really excited to focus on servicing customers in Boulder County,” Begin said.
The move accommodates an expansion that includes a doubling of operating space and is driven by a 38 percent increase in revenue year over year since 2013.
“We are expecting continued growth as we roll out new products in 2015,” Begin said. Alpen has 30 employees.
The company fabricates glass systems that use suspended-film technology to enhance performance. Alpen’s products have been used in numerous projects with special window and glass needs, including the four Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art.
Clarke led Serious Energy’s project to replace more than 13,000 glass units in the Empire State Building in New York City.
Chris Ball and Brian Wilkes of DTZ, formerly Cassidy Turley, represented Alpen HPP. Angela Topel of Gibbons-White Inc. represented the landlord, 1227 Spruce St. Company LLP.