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District Energy St. Paul and Saint Paul Port Authority Win Sustainable Saint Paul Awards

Friday, April 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Minnesota and Wisconsin; (April 28, 2017) – District Energy St. Paul’s energy efficient office renovation of the Jemne Building and the Saint Paul Port Authority’s Saints Business Center in St. Paul, MN received Sustainable Saint Paul Awards at the event’s 11th annual celebration on April 19, 2017. District Energy St. Paul’s Jemne Building won the Green Building Design for Existing Buildings and the Saint Paul Port Authority’s Saints Business Center won the Green Building Design for New Construction. Both projects were designed by LHB.

District Energy St. Paul – Jemne Building

One of District Energy’s primary objectives in renovating the Jemne Building was to showcase new technologies, best practices, and state-of-the-art equipment in a way that enables the company to continue to educate its employees, clients, and partners. District Energy was committed to doing as much to achieve energy efficiency in this building as they would ever ask of their best client.

To this end, District Energy elected to use the State of Minnesota’s Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) program to set and meet an aggressive energy efficiency standard. This integrative process resulted in a building that showcases multiple energy efficiency strategies including district heating and cooling, new LED lighting with daylight or occupancy sensors, and an upgraded building automation system. The renovation also included electric vehicle charging stations, composting and recycling programs, water conservation, and material reuse. To learn more about the Jemne Building project:

Saint Paul Port Authority (SPPA) – Saints Business Center

The Saints Business Center is the first speculative multi-tenant office warehouse project in the nation to receive LEED CS–Silver pre-certification. SPPA redeveloped the former Saint’s stadium urban brownfield site, and then worked with developer, United Properties, to create this 190,000 SF precast concrete panel office warehouse building.

The unique brownfield site remediation plan included removing soils in contaminated hot-spot areas and disposing these soils at a state-regulated off-site facility. The storm water treatment system is designed to eliminate runoff for the site’s 100-year, 24-hour storm event by infiltrating all the runoff and recharging the aquifer. To learn more about the Saints Business Center project:

The Sustainable Saint Paul Awards recognize community members and organizations for making a commitment to creating a more sustainable Saint Paul. By sponsoring these awards, the City of Saint Paul hopes to encourage all residents, businesses, community groups and non-profits in Saint Paul to implement similar projects. For more information on this year’s awards:

LHB is a multi-disciplinary engineering, architecture, and planning firm known for its design leadership and loyalty to clients. LHB goes beyond good intentions and focuses on measurable performance. We specialize in several focus areas including public works, pipeline, industrial, housing, healthcare, government, education, and commercial design. LHB is dedicated to being environmentally responsible, reducing long term operating costs, and improving the quality of life for their clients. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Bill Bennett at 218.279.2450, or visit, LinkedIn, and Twitter @LHB_AEfirm.

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