St. Paul, Minnesota
The new Bell Museum of Natural History, located at University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, is a true place of discovery. Visitors are able to spend their time exploring the 120-seat state-of-the-art Planetarium, getting lost in the world renown wildlife dioramas, visiting the multi-sensory Touch and See Lab or observing from the second-floor green roof.
Michaud Cooley Erickson (MCE) provided full mechanical and electrical services for this project. The project exceeded the required State of Minnesota B3 energy reduction requirements of 70% due to MCE’s energy modeling efforts. This allowed the team to evaluate site criteria, building orientation, daylighting and mechanical systems to make informed decisions throughout the design process. Combining a 60%+ reduction in mechanical systems energy with LED lighting, high-tech glass, 2% from photovoltaic (PV) and 6% from wind, the projected energy savings for the project are 81%.