University of North Dakota
Gorecki Alumni Center
Grand Forks, North Dakota
The Gorecki Alumni Center is the first LEED Platinum building in North Dakota. The building is 38,000 sq ft and houses alumni services and administration. The building uses around 41% less energy than other buildings. The roof contains 3,219 sq ft of solar panels that alone are predicted to save up to 80,000 kWh a year – enough to run 7.3 average American homes annually.
There are 12.8 miles of piping under the building’s parking lot to create a geothermal wellfield. A geothermal system is used to move heat form one area of the building to another and to take advantage of the Earth’s mass as a heat sink. This results in a significant reduction in energy consumption and a more economical operation over the lifetime of a building.
Click here to check out the building dashboard at the Gorecki Alumni Center. You can view the building’s energy use, water use and electricity production in real time.