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Ribbon Cutting for the Education Center Addition on Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2015

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- The Minnesota National Guard will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony, symbolically opening a new addition to the education center Mar 10, 2015 at 11 am on Camp Ripley

"The Education Center addition at Camp Ripley was funded to meet the increased training requirements by several state agencies and the Minnesota National Guard," said Col Larry Herke, Chief of the Construction and Facilities Management Office

"This 195 million dollar State of Minnesota bonded project includes, 48 individual rooms, nine classrooms capable of holding over 425 students to include a 200 person stepped theater and a 400 person dining facility capable of feeding 1,200 people during a mealtime period," added Col Herke

According to a spokesman for the Facilities Management Office, this project was designed to meet the Sustainable Buildings 2030 standards for a 60% reduction in energy and carbon dioxide reduction Additionally the complex will feature:

1 A geothermal ground source system providing heating and cooling thereby reducing natural gas utilization by 75%

2 Solar thermal panels to produce domestic hot water meeting 30% of annual demand

3 Twenty-seven solar tubes providing natural lighting along with daylight harvesting controls and LED fixtures reducing energy costs for lighting by 70%

4 HVAC Systems selected to conform to the requirements of the Energy Star Product program

5 Direct digital controls to allow temperature setback during low usage hours

Moreover, the center will exceed a 50% reduction in water utilization by installing low flow fixtures, and harvesting storm water to meet exterior water consumption

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410




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