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Wind Modeling in Fort Collins: CPP Wind

Named for the three scientists who pioneered wind modeling technology, CPP Wind is a forty-year old company in north Fort Collins that fills a specialty niche in the construction industry.

Drs. Cermak, Peterka and Peterson, all Colorado State University professors or grads, have taken wind engineering to new levels with their advanced systems of testing and modeling how wind will affect buildings and how wind affects pollutants in exhaust dispersion.

Recreating Wind
After touring their facility, one can see how important wind is to the construction of structures. CPP Wind has three wind tunnels and strive to replicate the physical environments of where their clients are building—Hong Kong, California, Australia, and more. While the tunnels look more like large Lego cities set up in complex terrain, there is advanced equipment taking detailed measurements of wind turbulence and pedestrian wind environments around each structure.

Wind and Indoor Air-Quality
A second business at CPP Wind is measuring how air exits buildings when it interacts with natural wind…does is go right back in the exhaust system? Is it blown into their neighbor’s intake fans? The outside of the building can impact indoor air-quality —good to know when we spend so much time indoors.

CPP History
One of the first projects in CPP Wind’s portfolio, at that time known as Cermak Peterka and Associates, included the testing of the design for the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City (1964). Since those early days, CPP Wind has branched out in many directions—they have performed wind modeling for more than 2,000 projects including Invesco Field at Mile High, the Denver Art Museum, and the tallest residential tower in the world. Newer clients include wind modeling and engineering for solar photovoltaic arrays and wind farms.

Fort Collins is proud to be home to such an innovative company and the birthplace of this technology and industry.

CPP
1415 Blue Spruce Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-221-3371