Great River Energy Headquarters: Maple Grove, MN
Don F. Wong
Buildings are ecosystems that are unlikely to be perfect as initially constructed. Great River Energy Coop in Minnesota used the Living Design Process to design, construct and fine-tune its headquarters. By treating the 177,385 ft2 building as a living body and carefully monitoring its vital signs with ongoing commissioning, the owners expect the building to maintain or improve its energy efficiency throughout its lifetime. Daylight harvesting and a lake geothermal system help the building to achieve an ENERGY STAR Rating of 90.