Cascade Meadow

Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center
2900 19th Street NW Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 252-8133

Material Choices

Dig deeper into some of the key material choices we made as we built the Science Center, from the floors to the roofs.


Integrated Building Design

Making better, more sustainable buildings takes more than energy efficient light bulbs. Learn about key areas of our building's design.


Energy Wheel

Energy Wheel Diagram

When a building's ventilation system needs fresh air from outside, it usually has to heat up or cool down that air to the set temperature inside the building. On a cold winter morning or a hotsummer afternoon, that can take a lot of energy. The energy recovery wheel spins slowly between the two streams of air and reduces (in summer) or increases (in winter) the temperature of the incoming air. How? Check out the diagram to find out how it works.





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