The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center received a Sustainable Design/High Performance Building Award to a Small Group. The Visitor Center at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is a remarkable sustainable, high performance building showcase, designed to be equivalent to LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The whole-building design approach resulted in outstanding achievements that included selection of recycled materials, efficient use of energy, water conservation, and runoff treatment. Substantial energy savings were realized due to the 30-ton pond-loop geothermal heat pump system and other energy efficient features such as an air-to-air heat exchanger; in-floor radiant tube heating; instantaneous electric hot water heaters; super insulation; a computerized energy management system and associated controls; occupancy and daylight sensors; energy efficient lighting, low-emittance windows; and tinted window glazing.
Featuring three stories of modern interpretive displays and facilities, the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center should be on your itinerary!
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The Refuge Visitor Center is located at 14000 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449. Current hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm.