New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design
The building is powered by a variety of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind and geothermal. The building has both roof-mounted solar panels, as well as wall-mounted glass panels, which serve the dual function of shading the building and producing 3 kW of power. On the south side of the building there are five wind turbines, which harness the power of the wind, which rips at an average speed of 12 mph. Based on that wind speed, the wind turbines can supply as much as 29 percent of the building’s annual energy needs. Additionally, the building features a geothermal exchange system for heating and cooling, with 60,000 linear feet of coiled piping under the southern landform.
Inside, the main attraction is “Dee,” a life-size cast of a Columbian Mammoth that is similar to the one found at the Tate Geological Museum in Casper. Other displays provide information about renewable energy, informing visitors about emerging technologies. A window near the restrooms looks out on part of the wildflower green roof system, which helps to keep the building cool in the summer. Additionally, wood paneling that was made from recycled snow fences is on display in the reception area and on parts of the exterior.
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