URE’s Office Renovation and Expansion received recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency in the 2007 Energy Star® Challenge for Architects, received the “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR®” rating, and LEED® Gold Certification from the USGBC.
The comprehensive project involves a 9,300 SF renovation and an 18,755 SF addition, which preserves the existing structure, walls and roof. The addition has three wings attached to the existing structure. The renovation and addition features new offices and a lobby, a multi-purpose meeting room, Board room, linemen’s training room, locker rooms, employee break room, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) area and IT server room.
The facility incorporates a plethora of energy saving features including natural lighting with integrated automatically dimmable artificial lighting, and a raised floor HVAC plenum installation served by a geothermal system with full digital controls. The facility has received the “Designed to Earn the Energy Star®” rating, the first of its kind for electric cooperative facilities.