Engineering the Ideal Learning Environment
Training at Camp Ripley has expanded beyond its traditional role of preparing the Minnesota National Guard for their missions. Trainings now include staff from State Agencies, Counties, and Municipal Agencies for both day and multi-day trainings. The new facilities connect to the existing Education Building and include education, housing, and dining areas.
The education facility totals 20,000 SF which includes classrooms, an auditorium, library, a break, and physical fitness areas. The housing area totals 15,000 SF and includes 40 private rooms, a lounge, and guest laundry area. The dining area totals 8,000 SF and includes a commercial kitchen and dining room. A ground coupled heat pump system was engineered for the facilities.
The 52,780 square foot addition to the existing education building is designed to comply with the State of Minnesota’s B3 and Sustainable Building 2030 requirements. Energy use goals are set and energy modeling of the building is required to show that the goals for the building were met.
The project includes a billet component which allows people receiving training to stay on site. For energy savings and to provide a higher level of indoor humidity control, dedicated outdoor air units incorporating energy recovery wheels were designed for the billets to allow ventilation of these areas separate from the individual billet heating and cooling fan coil units.
The facility’s classroom areas received energy recovery ventilators. Energy modeling helps facilitate mechanical equipment system selection, with the design including ground-coupled water-to-water heat pump units to provide heating and cooling for the facility and to verify that the energy goals are maintained throughout the project.
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