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Going for the Gold - Neosho National Fish Hatchery Visitor Center achieves Gold LEED rating

February 23, 2011

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Going for the Gold

The scores are in. The Neosho National Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, which opened its doors to the public in December 2010, achieves Gold according to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system.

Energy Efficiency

  • Building configuration and windows strategically placed to maximize natural sun light and views.
  • Low-e insulated glass minimizes solar heat gain while maximizing visible light transmittance.
  • Double hung, aluminum clad windows for ease of maintenance.
  • Building systems and enclosures designed to achieve 30% or better energy savings over ASHRAE 90.1 requirements.
  • Insulation R-values meet energy code values - exterior walls (R-19), interior walls (R-11), ceilings (R-38) and nail base insulation (R-38).
  • Geothermal wells provide 60 degree glycol to HVAC heat pumps for heating and cooling of fresh supply air.
  • Zoned heat pumps are controlled by individual thermostats to maximize thermal comfort.
  • Mechanical ventilation treated separately by an energy recovery unit to recover energy and maximize energy savings.
  • Lighting control system including occupancy sensors, time sensors and dimmer panels designed to minimize energy use.
  • Operable windows utilized for individual control of ventilation.
  • Sixteen photovoltaic panels contribute up to 3.5 KW to the energy used on site.

Building Materials

  • Environmentally friendly, natural materials including fiber cement siding, wood framing, metal roof, stained concrete and marmoleum flooring.
  • Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting materials selected to reduce indoor air contaminants and provide a healthy environment for occupants.
  • Regionally extracted and manufactured materials utilized.
  • Materials selected for high recycled content.
  • Polished concrete floors with stainless steel fish in-lays reduce maintenance.

About the Hatchery

The visitor center at Neosho National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in southwest Missouri is designed with the architectural style of the early 1900s, a tribute to the hatcheries' origins. The original hatchery and headquarters opened in 1888, and featured similar onion dome and witches hat architectural roof styles. Beginning in July 2009, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery headquarters and visitor center was rebuilt from the ground up, and opened its doors to the public in December 2010.

The 9,500 sq. ft. facility is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program and includes photovoltaic solar panels, energy efficient building systems, geothermal wells, and was built using environmentally friendly, natural materials including fiber cement siding, wood framing, metal roofing, stained concrete and marmoleum flooring. The new visitor center is expected to accommodate more than 100,000 visitors per year, enhance environmental education and interpretation opportunities, and generate economic benefits for Newton County and the surrounding southwest Missouri area in the form of increased tourism revenue.

Neosho NFH was established in 1888 and is the oldest operating Federal fish hatchery in the country. The hatchery raises pallid sturgeon (Federally endangered) for recovery efforts in the lower Missouri River and rainbow trout for stocking in Lake Taneycomo. The hatchery also supports conservation of the Federally endangered Ozark cavefish and restoration of native mussels.

Last updated: February 12, 2013