Dedication to efficiency; a Mayor’s pledge
ROCHESTER, MINN -- The building manager of Rochester’s Recreation Center has a lot on his hands. At any one moment, an ice skater could be practicing their double axel on one of two sheets of ice in the facility, while just a few yards away swimmers could be practicing for their next competition in the Olympic-sized pool at the natatorium. These two extremely different environments -- the ice arena which hovers around 40 degrees, and the swimming pool area which is closer to 70 degrees -- magnify the very high costs that can come with heating and cooling a building. It also illustrates why energy efficiency is so important, and why it can be a real challenge for some buildings.
Rochester’s Rec Center -- as it is known locally, is one of a slate of city-operated facilities undergoing significant energy efficiency improvements thanks to the work of design-build and sustainability firm, McKinstry, which has a local office in Minneapolis.