Release Date: October 29, 2010

Biz Buzz for October, 2010

Duluth News Tribune

Lake Country Power' service center in Mountain Iron received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. The 43,000-square-foot service center, designed by DSGW Architects and built on an old mining dump site, opened in February 2009. It has office space, heated warehousing, a maintenance garage with wash bay, an electrical shop and cold storage. Energy-efficient features include a solar wall for preheating ventilation air, in-floor heat and generous window space to provide employees with natural light and views to the outside.

When compared to Lake Country Power's old service center in Virginia, the new center in Mountain Iron uses about 45 percent less natural gas and electricity, saving the cooperative $50,000 in the new building's first year of operation. The DSGW design team included: Boldt Construction, Fosters Jacob and Johnson, Benchmark Engineering and Northland Consulting Engineers.