SES was contracted to assist with planning and design of a new headquarters facility for Wheat Belt Public Power District. Wheat Belt Public Power District headquarters serves rural consumers in Western Nebraska. The project consisted of a 10,000 SF office area containing reception, offices, conference areas, locker rooms and a kitchen/break area, connected to a 16,000 SF warehouse facility. The warehouse has room for vehicle and equipment storage, meter assembly, transformer maintenance and a vehicle wash bay. The goal of the project was to design systems with energy efficiency in mind.
To create an efficient HVAC system that requires very little maintenance, a ground source, closed-loop geothermal system was paired with a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system. The system was equipped with individual temperature control in each room, which provides comfort for all occupants. The warehouse has an in-floor hot water radiant heating system served by electric boilers.
Even though lighting was designed for energy saving, the layout of the lighting accents the building inside and out creating attractive effects throughout. Lighting is made up entirely of LED light sources along with the use of automatic occupancy sensor controls for each space. The overall energy usage for the lighting system for the building will be approximately 40% of a traditional building.