Solar Stewardship

Jewish Center’s New Standing-Seam Metal Roof in Boulder, Colorado

by Fiona Maguire-O’Shea, public relations, S-5! Attachment Solutions


The 52,444 sq.ft. Boulder, Colorado, Jewish Community Center (JCC), while grounded in the past, is a contemporary interpretation of today’s sustainable design. This two-story educational community heritage center provides programs and services based in Jewish values and traditions in a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather to connect, exchange ideas, learn, and grow together.

Designed and built by RB+B Architects, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Calcon Constructors, Englewood, Colorado, they desired to create something beautiful, functional, and unique. Construction included a wing for daycare and education, a gymnasium and fitness center, a full commercial kitchen, a community hall with a state-of-the-art stage, a library, administrative offices, and a large outdoor gathering area.

The Boulder JCC includes a 74.4kW PV array, installed by The Solar Revolution, Boulder, located on multiple rooftops. The main rooftop is a highly visible and gently curved standing seam metal roof. In addition to solar on the main facility, a 7.2kW array is installed on the adjacent barn at the Milk and Honey Farm. The farm is 100% powered by solar and serves as a valuable tool for the Boulder JCC’s educational and preschool programs.

The Boulder JCC is a non-profit organization whose members value sustainability, energy efficiency, and education. The challenge was to find a cost-effective PV solution that presented a return on investment, which would make the project a no-brainer from a financial standpoint. Reducing their monthly operating costs would enable them to invest more money into meaningful community programs.

Generous grants from the City of Boulder and Boulder County, aimed at helping non-profits go solar, made this project a reality. Visibility and educational opportunities afforded by the solar installation were important to both the Boulder JCC and the grant committees. The Boulder JCC is designed to be 30% more energy efficient than standard construction, and a 74.4kW PV array further helps the Boulder JCC to achieve this. The center features a monitoring and informational kiosk located in the lobby, displaying specific project data, including CO2 savings, equivalent trees planted, and more stats.

The arrays are mounted on the roof using S-5-PVKIT® 2.0, which provides a simple, secure, economical, and penetration-free method for attaching solar modules. Designed with the installer in mind, its quick and easy installation minimizes the time installers spend on the roof. The PVKIT’s pre-assembled components enabled installers to direct-attach PV modules to the roof’s standing seams using S-5! clamps and brackets, rather than a traditional rail mounting system. The PVKIT offers impressive savings across several metrics by which PV mounting systems are measured, while providing better load distribution.

“The Solar Revolution has been utilizing the S-5! PVKIT solution since it first hit the market,” said Doug Claxton, CEO and co-owner, The Solar Revolution. “Hands down, it is the best solar mounting solution for metal roofing of any description. Our projects using the PVKIT yield the fastest installation times, lowest material cost, and best aesthetics bar none. We’ve taken a close look at all the competitors’ knockoffs, and they do not compare in quality or even in cost. S-5! has been creating innovative solutions for metal roofs far longer than anyone else, and their expertise is unmatched. We just won’t use anything else on a metal roof.”

The PV system reduces the Boulder JCC’s monthly operating costs, enabling them to invest more money into meaningful programs. Socially, the highly visible PV system sends a strong message to the community where the Boulder JCC stands regarding environmental stewardship for future generations.