Last spring, the National Sports Center received $475,000 in asset preservation funding from the State of Minnesota for roof repair on the Schwan Super Rink and the installation of a new energy-efficient LED lighting system in the 24-year-old Sports Hall, in the NSC’s parking lots and exterior lighting of some of the NSC buildings.
Both projects are in full-speed mode this fall. Here is an update.
The Schwan Super Rink roof repair has been completed and All Elements, Inc., the contractor, is completing gutter repairs as the final step in the Super Rink project.
Last week, the NSC took delivery of 549 new light fixtures, of which 256 will be installed in the Sports Hall and the remainder in exterior fixtures on parking lots and building exteriors. This week, the NSC’s operations staff has been busily replacing our old metal halide lights in the Sports Hall with the new LED lights.
Ashley Marston, the NSC’s Sustainability Manager, reports some impressive numbers in energy savings:
The NSC’s consumption of energy for lighting will be reduced from 1.23 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually to 602,020 kWh. This is a savings equivalent to the annual energy usage of
39.6 homes, or 1,009 barrels of oil.
The lighting investment will be paid back in less than three years.
“The NSC is a state campus, and the state has a strong interest in keeping its facilities in top condition,” said Neil Ladd, the NSC’s Senior Director of Golf and Campus Operations. “The NSC is into our 25th year of operation, and this funding will help us make huge strides in energy efficiency.”