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Camp Ripley Unveils Education Center Expansion

Ed center ribbon cutting CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Leaders from the Minnesota National Guard conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new expansion of the Camp Ripley education center, Mar 10, 2015

"Camp Ripley has continued to grow and change, never being satisfied with 'good enough'," said Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Adjutant General for the State of Minnesota

The ground breaking on this project began in late 2012 with the intention of sustaining Camp Ripley's reputation as the premiere training facility for both military and civilian agencies in the Midwest

"The most exciting thing about the education center expansion is our ability to provide our Soldiers and civilian agencies an environment for classroom training, dining, and lodging under one roof," said Col Scott St Sauver, Camp Ripley Garrison Commander

The $195 million State of Minnesota-bonded project came in under budget and still met the intent of 48 individual billeting 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

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

According to a spokesman for the Facilities Management Office, this project was designed to meet the Sustainable Buildings 2030 standards for a 60 percent reduction in energy and carbon dioxide reduction

"Colonel Herke and the entire facilities management team has worked hard, not only to meet the needs of the customer, but also to make an environmental impact," said Nash

The additions to the complex were designed around a geothermal ground source system which provides heating and cooling thereby potentially reducing natural gas utilization by 75 percent Additional solar thermal panels and 27 solar tubes provide natural lighting and warmth reducing energy costs by 70 percent

"They have looked to the future, searching for ways to decrease our environmental footprint with the improvements made in all areas," added Nash

Moreover, the center exceeds a 50 percent reduction in water utilization by installing low flow fixtures, and harvesting stormwater to meet exterior water consumption It is a modern building with sustainable infrastructure that will serve the military and our interagency partners well into the future

March 11, 2015
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



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