St. Paul, Minnesota
Located on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, the Plant Growth Research Facility includes a headhouse working area, greenhouses, classrooms, containment greenhouses, and controlled environment growth chambers. Michaud Cooley Erickson (MCE) provided mechanical, electrical, fire protection, plumbing, technology systems and energy modeling services for the mechanical and electrical infrastructure serving the new greenhouse. The design of the greenhouse was a unique challenge because the wide range of environmental conditions for the separate biomes in the greenhouse, and the need for the entire complex design to be flexible enough for future conversion to alternative biomes.
This project included B3 sustainability requirements, and our energy modeling expertise assisted the owner with making informed decisions on mechanical system types, glazing options, and compiling the B3 compliance paperwork. Although the Plant Growth Research Facility was only 12,000 square feet, it provided an intricate and complicated challenge that MCE was excited to take on.