Minnesota Army National Guard Austin Armory

Austin, MN | Goverment+ Cultural

Overview

The Austin Armory met B3 Guidelines to improve sustainability and energy efficiency throughout the renovated facility.


Opportunity

To improve the sustainability and efficiency of the Austin Armory.

Solution

The B3 system provides tools and programs designed to help make buildings more energy-efficient and sustainable and is funded and administered through the Minnesota Department of Commerce. All state-funded building projects are required to comply with B3 criteria.

The Austin National Guard Armory was selected for the award because the exemplary renovation project met all guidelines and deadlines, there were limited variance requests, and most importantly, the building has significantly out-performed benchmark expectations for a renovation project. The B3 Guidelines were applied to the renovations to meet sustainability goals for the site, water, energy, indoor environment, materials, and waste.

The 22,000-square-foot major renovation project included updates to the kitchen, storage areas, rest and locker rooms, classroom and meeting spaces, and drill hall.


"We are very pleased the Minnesota National Guard Austin Armory is outperforming expectations. Seeing this project be recognized as one of the best performing facilities in the state of Minnesota is very rewarding."

- Craig Duehring, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs

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