Normandale Partnership Center receives Best of B3 Environmental Classroom Award

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale's Partnership Center received a Best of B3 Environmental Classroom Award at the third annual Best of B3 Recognition Luncheon that was held at International Market Square on October 26, 2017 in Minneapolis to recognize the achievements of B3 participants.

The Best of B3 awards are given to organizations and projects that have shown leadership in their sustainability through their participation in B3 programs. The State of Minnesota is leading the nation in requiring 70% more energy efficient State buildings in an effort to have all State construction carbon neutral by 2030. Designed to increase energy efficiency and sustainability, the State of Minnesota's Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond (B3) programs were developed for and are required on State-funded projects in Minnesota.

Awards were presented in nine different categories among a group of finalists have been pre-determined. The Best of B3 Design finalists were selected from among all B3 Guidelines projects based on timely submission of B3 Guidelines documentation, predicted non-energy sustainable performance (water efficiency, biodiversity, sustainable materials, etc.), and number of optional guidelines pursued.

Normandale's Partnership Center was selected from a group of finalists that included Metropolitan State University's Science Education Center and the University of Minnesota's Herbert M. Hanson Hall. The winners in each category were selected by a committee made up of staff from CSBR and the Department of Administration and Commerce.

Best of B3 Indoor Quality finalists are selected based on achieving high levels of occupant satisfaction in the Sustainable Post-Occupancy Evaluation process. It was noted, that the Partnership Center uses daylight, views and personal adjustability to achieve an IEQ Satisfaction Score of 5.94 (on a scale from 1 to 7) based on student responses to a post-occupancy survey regarding the classroom space.

The State of Minnesota is leading the nation in requiring 70% more energy efficient State buildings in an effort to have all State construction carbon neutral by 2030. Designed to increase efficiency and sustainability, the State of Minnesota's Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) programs were developed for an and are required on State-funded projects in Minnesota.