Great River Energy
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Square Footage: 166,000
LEED NC Platinum
Top Ten Green Projects Award, 2009
Merit Award Winner, 2009
Public Education Category Honor Award, 2008
American Planning Association, Minnesota Chapter
Gold ARC Award, 2008
Consulting-Specifying Engineering New Construction
Aggregate & Ready Mix Large Commercial Building project Award, 2008
Building Excellence Awards
Green Award, 2008
We designed Great River Energy's (GRE) 166,000 square foot corporate headquarters on a 12.5-acre site in Maple Grove. As an electric utility company, GRE is aware of its role in protecting the environment and earned LEED® Platinum certification as a way to measurably demonstrate their commitment to the environment.
With a strong focus on energy efficiency, the new office building adheres to environmentally sustainable building practices. Energy consumption is reduced by 50 percent and water use is reduced by 40 percent compared to standard new buildings. Seventy-five percent of the construction waste is diverted from landfills. Stormwater runoff is captured in rain gardens throughout the parking areas.
As a bold step into the future, GRE transforms wind energy into electricity through an on-site wind turbine, transforms solar energy into electricity through roof-mounted photo-voltaic cells and uses the adjacent lake as a geo-exchange loop coupled with an displacement ventilation underfloor air distribution system.