Glenwood Area Fisheries DNR Building
The Glenwood Area Fisheries facility was designed to promote and highlight sustainability in Minnesota. Every aspect of the building was developed and constructed with nature in mind. It earned a zero energy rating, representing a 100% reduction in carbon producing fuel. The building has earned recognition for its environmental leadership and innovative design, including a 2018 Best of B3 Design and Best of Sustainable Buildings 2030 awards. The project team went the extra mile to ensure the new facility was both high-quality and of minimal disruption to its surrounding land.
The facility produces walleye for stock fishing lakes throughout the state, featuring a research lab evaluating stocking processes, artificial spawning habitats and genetic performance. The DNR’s environmental stewardship is baked into the building’s infrastructure, which utilizes energy neutral technologies, including geothermal heating and cooling, LED smart lighting, natural lighting and solar energy. The grounds are landscaped with native plants, rain gardens and pervious pavers to control runoff.