Hypertherm Heater Road

Manufacturing Facility

When Hypertherm was choosing a design build partner to design and construct our new 160,000 SF manufacturing plant in Lebanon, NH, Bread Loaf Corporation appeared to be the logical choice. During the interviews Bread Loaf talked about their innovation, robust design and building processes, problem solving, cost control, and customer satisfaction. We needed these skill sets in our partner for the project to be successful. After completing a very complex yet LEED certified manufacturing project, I can say Bread Loaf not only met these expectations but exceeded them. They knocked this one out of the park. Hypertherm is a very pleased customer.

Perry Seale Director of Facilities Hypertherm Inc.


Hypertherm, Inc. of Lebanon, New Hampshire is the world leader in plasma metal cutting technology. Bread Loaf Corporation provided Planning, Design and Construction services for their new Heater Road facility, includes 156,500 square foot of manufacturing, research laboratory and office space. Hypertherm’s main manufacturing plant and headquarters at Great Hollow Road and the new Heater Road facility will form bookends along a corridor of smaller Hypertherm sites to support their growing operations.

The development of their previously altered site included preservation of six acres of wetlands and use of sustainable landscape design strategies including pervious pavement and rain-gardens to filter storm water. The building is designed to achieve functional flexibility, to promote a healthy workplace and to measure and optimize energy use and efficiency.

The project was awarded LEED Gold certification by the USGBC.

Green Building/Sustainable Design

  • Stormwater quality controlled using raingardens, bioswales and pervious pavement
  • Reduction of energy use with efficient LED site lighting
  • Light material to limit heat island effect of roof surface
  • 40% reduction in water use through low flow fixtures
  • 100% recycling of process water used for product testing
  • 14% reduction in over-all energy demand
  • Energy reductions through enhanced commissioning
  • Measurement and verification plan for building systems
  • 20% of building materials contained a high recycled content
  • 10% of building materials were regionally sourced materials
  • 75% of the construction waste materials were recycled or salvaged
  • Low-emitting adhesives, paints and materials
  • Skylights to provide daylighting in manufacturing areas
  • Solar panels for domestic hot water