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.




Solar Thermal (Hot Water)

Solar Thermal Diagram

Rather than using electricity or gas to heat the hot water for the sinks at Cascade Meadow, this system uses heat from the sun.It has two closed loops- one that pumps heated liquid from the solar collectors to the transfer tank, and another that pumps heated water out to the building's sinks. If more hot water is needed than the system can provide (if it has been cloudy and cold for a few days), there is a back-up electric hot water heater.


Total energy generated in:



Solar Panel


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