Project Type: Site Sustainability Planning, Design, and Construction Administration
Client: Minneapolis Convention Center
Since 2012, LHB has provided sustainability consulting and design services to the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC), an organization committed to reducing resource consumption on a large scale. In 2015, the MCC took on a sustainability initiative to become LEED certified for Existing Buildings Operations + Maintenance. As part of that process, LHB identified several opportunities for increased site performance by creating a site improvement master plan, which is currently being used as a guide for future decisions regarding site sustainability and water efficiency.
Two of the master plan recommendations that have been implemented to date include the conversion of an existing 6,671 square foot area of turf into a Pollinator Friendly Pocket Park on 3rd Avenue South, and the implementation of a 250,000 gallon stormwater catchment system that collects 5.4 million gallons of rainwater each year with a smart irrigation meter system.
As the largest convention center in the state, the land of 10,000 lakes and headwaters of the Mississippi River, water is a central focus of this community and the design team worked hand in hand with the local watershed district to ensure the improvements would be successful. Rainwater is now used to efficiently irrigate the grounds, reducing the amount of storm runoff draining to the Mississippi River as well as reducing the amount of potable drinking water required for irrigation. The MCC and LHB team continues to be committed to protecting and improving water quality in the Mississippi Watershed.