Apogee Instruments was started in 1996 by Dr. Bruce Bugbee, a professor of crop physiology at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. As a researcher, Dr. Bugbee often had a need for instrumentation that did not exist or that was too costly for his department's budget. As an eager scientist and avid inventor, Bruce began creating and manufacturing his own research-quality instruments in his garage for a fraction of the price. Word spread among the academic community, and requests for Dr. Bugbee's instruments began coming in from around the world. Apogee Instruments, Inc. was born.
The steady growth of the company caused an expansion far beyond the adequacies of Dr. Bugbee's garage and, in 2007, the employees moved to the new, state-of-the-art facility seen in the adjacent photo. This 1440 m2 (15,300 ft2) building has passive solar windows, and an open internal architecture to provide natural lighting to all work stations. The building has radiant floor heat and is “super-insulated” to reduce energy costs, and increase comfort. The roof has an R-value of 80, the walls are R-40, and the low-E thermopane glass has an R of 3.4. The building is monitored and controlled with a Campbell Scientific CR3000 datalogger coupled to 64 multiplexer input channels and 32 output control channels. Internal and external temperature, humidity, CO2, O2, air velocity, and solar radiation are graphed on large displays on the wall. The company logo on the roof is visible from commercial aircraft flying at 8,000 meters. Visitors are always welcome to stop by for a tour. We are proud of where we work.
Apogee Instruments has become a respected leader in the manufacture of innovative, durable, and accurate environmental instruments. Our instruments have been trusted for thousands of applications around the globe. Our passion for research and attention to detail in manufacturing, has made our products renowned for cost effective measurement technology.
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As part of a building expansion in 2016, Apogee added 17 PV panels to the front of the building. The following graphs show the electricity produced: