Michigan Battle of the Buildings

Geothermal Energy Comes to Michigan’s State Capitol Building

By Chuck Otto, USGBC-WM Staff Writer The Michigan Capitol in Lansing is in the midst of a conversion of its heating and cooling system to geothermal energy. The geothermal renovation is part of a two-year, $70 million project known as the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade (CIU), an effort designed to bring the 138-year-old building into the…

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Odawa Casino Resort Biggest Loser in Entertainment Category

Petoskey’s Odawa Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. The resort website boasts of a nearly 300,000 sq. ft. facility that features slots and table games, hotel rooms, indoor pool, restaurants, retail and more. Odawa Casino Resort’s dedication to energy conservation is reflected in the numerous awards…

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Barfly Ventures – Grand Rapids Brewing Company Biggest Loser in Entertainment Category

Major investments into energy efficient equipment or systems are not always necessary to reduce significant amounts of energy usage. BarFly Ventures is a prime example of that. The Grand Rapids-based restaurant/bar company manages 4 locations, including HopCat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Stella’s and Waldron. Additionally, BarFly has opened eleven HopCat restaurants outside of the West…

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Ford Field Stadium Home of Detroit Lions Biggest Loser in Mixed Use Category

Detroit’s Ford Field Stadium is in year three of a five-year energy reduction plan. Home to the Detroit Lions football team, the 1.8 million-square-foot stadium includes 420 thousand square feet of tenant office space and a 275 thousand-square-foot parking deck. Ford Field Facility Director Fred Reddig attributes the facility’s 5.87 percent energy reduction and strong…

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Gordon Food Service – Clay Campus Biggest Loser in Mixed Use Category

Gordon Food Service is North America’s largest privately held and family-managed broadline foodservice distributor. The company operates in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwestern United States, and coast-to-coast in Canada. There are currently 170 Gordon Food Service Store locations. Gordon Food Service placed second in the “mixed-use” category of the 2016 Michigan Battle of the…

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Primera Plastics Inc. Biggest Loser in the Warehouse & Distribution Category

Primera Plastics, Inc. produces precision plastic injection moldings. Founded in Zeeland in 1994 by Noel Cuellar, the company’s primary clients are in the automotive industry, but it also produces moldings for furniture and medical furniture manufacturers. Primera Plastics ships most of its products across the U.S. and to Mexico, although it also maintains relationships around…

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Muskegon County Triumphs at Energy Efficiency

Sustainability is a necessity, not a choice, for public and government buildings to be good stewards with community tax dollars. Today, Muskegon County takes this responsibility very seriously through the sustainable foundation that began more than 20 years ago. Each year, Muskegon County enters the Michigan Battle of the Buildings competition. The Michigan Battle of…

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Ford Field is Tackling Energy, One Kilowatt at a Time

The Lions football players aren’t the only ones doing the tackling at Ford Field. Over the last few years, the sustainability department has been tackling some extensive energy projects and the result is impressive for the 1,826,250 square feet facility that covers a 25-acre footprint in downtown Detroit. Heading the sustainability efforts at Ford Field…

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WMU Renovation of Historic Heritage Hall is Better than New

Western Michigan University’s (WMU) $24M Heritage Hall renovation is a finalist for Best Public Project in the 2016 Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards (GEEA). GEEA celebrates outstanding achievements in energy excellence, and seeks to recognize people and organizations that have taken firm, meaningful actions to stop energy waste. WMU is one of 3 finalists in the…

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Odawa Casino Gambles on Energy Efficiency and Wins

When it comes to energy efficiency, Odawa Casino is not a new player.  The 300,000 ft2 casino, hotel & venue has their eye on the jackpot 24/7.  The beauty of this resort isn’t only in the architectural features and well designed interior spaces, it’s behind the scenes as well, better known as ‘back of the…

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