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Project Details

Location:  Plymouth, Minnesota
Total Cost:  $9,200,000
Square Footage:  31,000
Completed:  March 2010

Project Description

engineering design initiative designed the electrical, lighting, power, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, voice/data, security, sound and closed circuit television systems.  Engineering Design Initiative also provided the energy and daylight modeling for the facility.

This state-of-the-art library was designed to meet Minnesota Sustainability Guidelines-Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3).  The project includes many creative and sustainable engineering systems that are estimated to exceed the MN Energy Code by greater than 40%.   Building features include:

  • Ground source geothermal central heating and cooling plant (120) 212-foot vertical bores
  • Energy recovery for exhaust air
  • Occupancy sensors for lighting and ventilation control
  • Daylight harvesting of natural ambient lighting
  • High efficiency motors with variable frequency drives for fans and pumps
  • Full cut-off optics on exterior lighting to reduce light pollution
  • Building-wide programmable lighting control system to reduce electrical usage
  • Fiber-optic communications “ring” topology for redundant communications
  • Zero use of HCFC refrigerant
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