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Regents Hall earns prestigious Xcel award
January 15, 2009
St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences has received Xcel Energy's Best-Integrated Design award from the company's Energy Design Assistance Program. The competition evaluated more than 100 projects completed between 2006 and 2008. The award was presented during a ceremony in Minneapolis Jan. 12.
|The 200,000-square-foot Regents Hall was built using the highest standards of sustainable design.|
In addition to drawing power from the college's utility-scale, on-campus wind turbine, the building utilizes efficient and renewable options such as a green roof and radiant heating panels that double as a daylight harvesting light shelf in faculty offices. These and other green features result in energy savings that are 53 percent better than Minnesota state energy code requirements. The award also made note of the "great collaboration" of all participants on the St. Olaf project, including the college (which in turn saw close collaboration among faculty, staff and students), the design team, the contractors and Xcel.
Regents Hall, which was dedicated in October, is a 200,000-square-foot integrated teaching and research facility that houses the college's Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology departments. A second phase is currently underway to renovate a connecting building that will house the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics.