DNR's 'Green' Building Goes Platinum
The building is comitted to recycling, even in obscure places. For example, the roof traps rain water and uses it to flush the toilets, saving $3,000 a year. The building mixes new inovations with old tools.
"These things are thousands of years old, this is not new technology," admitted DNR's Dan Walker, "but the important thing is that you integrate them so that they all work correctly."
Columbia-based PC&E built the environmentally-friendly facility. Contractor Alan Vinson said conservation-conscious construction is the wave of he future.
"I think it's where it's headed, if you read the articles," he added. "Nowadays, cities are requiring that all construction be considered green."
The Lewis and Clark Building took 18 months to finish and it will cost 84 cents per square foot to run the building, half the operating cost of similar buildings.The DNR says it will save up to $50,000 per year on energy costs compared with what a more traditional building would cost.