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September 17, 2014
Kraus-Anderson completes biological station and lab in Itasca State Par
BEMIDJI, Minn. (September 2014) – Kraus-Anderson has completed the new Campus Center at the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories in Itasca State Park. Owned by the University of Minnesota, the $6.3 million facility will provide year-round classrooms and technology-enabled laboratories. Dedication and open house ceremonies will be held Sept. 19-21, 2014.
The new 12,000-square-foot center was built to meet Minnesota B3 requirements and anticipates LEED Platinum status. It includes classrooms, laboratories, offices, computer labs, library and 150-seat auditorium.
Designed by Minneapolis-based Myer Scherer Rockcastle, the center was created to provide a zero energy footprint, which means the building produces as much energy as it uses. The completely self-sufficient system has 16 geothermal wells, triple-glazed windows for energy efficiency and in-floor heating, and generates electricity 365 days a year through photovoltaic solar panels. In addition, six miles of Tyvek tape, 6-inch fiberglass insulation, air and vapor barriers and other exceptional insulates were used to further provide superb energy-efficiency values.
To emphasize the energy efficiency, a blow test was conducted to measure the air leakage of the building. “The result, performed by an independent firm, read a.01,” said Duane Kaiser, project manager for Kraus-Anderson. “The blow tests are exceptionally low, placing the building among the top five ever tested.”
The exterior design of the building respects Itasca State Park’s rustic aesthetic while incorporating sustainable design strategies. The building consists of three gabled roof portions with a low-sloped roof between. Sky lights and strategically placed windows provide daylight and solar radiant energy. Another notable exterior design features Cor-ten steel panels, used in the entrance and on the outdoor fireplace.
In addition, the site design and landscape incorporates new accessible pedestrian routes to the building from two directions of campus. Native plantings are strategically placed to provide solar shading of the building and water filtration of the site.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Minot and Bismarck, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.