As they should be, public buildings set standard examples of what is expected in their community.
I have always been in support of outstanding architecture in public places, and that holds true for many new techniques used in today’s construction.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, the new Edgerton City Hall project will receive $100,000 in funding to be used specifically for energy-saving projects.
The city hall replacement project, which was approved during a June 2009 referendum, is slated to begin this spring.
The architect, Eppstein Uhen Architects of Madison, will finish drawings to include energy-efficient measures, upping the cost of construction to $1.3 million from $1.2 million.
The city expects to add solar panels and a geothermal heat pump to the project scope. In addition, the donation may spur other new grants and energy-incentive programs offered by the government.
Keith Barber is a data reporter. He feels any time he can use “efficiency” and “city hall” in the same headline, it’s a good day.