Date Completed
42,000 SF

SERT Building

Estherville, IA

The Iowa Lakes Community College wanted to build a Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies (SERT) building on their Estherville campus.  The Sustainable Energy Resources & Technology (SERT) facility provides the Iowa Lakes Community College with a sensitive and sustainable facility which serves to broaden the college’s reach in providing programs to educate future leaders in the field of sustainable energy.  

This fully renovated building exemplifies many sustainable design concepts under one roof; from re-use and recycling, to alternative energy methods and daylighting schemes, to utilizing natural materials. The floor of the atrium is a polished concrete radiant heated slab that utilizes a geothermal field for heating. The mechanical room is on display behind glass for all of the students to see and is efficiently illuminated with LED lighting. The building utilizes solar energy to power rooftop units used for cooling a portion of the facility. The photovoltaic array is installed as a screen on the south facade to take full advantage of the sun as well as providing a visual screen for the existing metal building and clearly identifying the purpose of the building for the community.  The net result is a cost efficient, aesthetically appealing example of sustainable design.