Doyle recognizes excellence of Mead Wildlife Center

Posted on December 5, 2007. Filed under: Energy Efficiency, Geothermal, Green Building, Solar, Wind |

From an article by Carlos Gieseken in the Marshfield News-Herald:

To architect Tom Brown, [a long-time RENEW member], Mead Wildlife Center near Milladore is more than the latest and greatest in a long line of buildings designed during a 30-year career spent exploring “green” building technologies.

“It’s my baby,” Brown said.

“It relies on the way it’s built for its performance,” he said, with its east-to-west layout, maximizing the exposure to the sun while framing views of the 30,000 acre wildlife area.

“When the sun shines, the building smiles,” he said.

The Philadelphia native who moved to Stevens Point in 1977 was smiling when Gov. Jim Doyle presented the 2006 Excellence in Sustainable Design and Construction Award, given for sustainable design of a state project.

“It’s probably the greenest building the state owns right now,” Brown said. “Hopefully there will be more like it.”

The building uses wind, solar and geothermal energy, along with a small supply of electricity. The lobby’s biomass wood stove is lit once a day but radiates heat for up to 24 hours.


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