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Lime Energy Completes LEED Certified Visitor Center Near Branson for Army Corps of Engineers

Huntersville, NC, USA /BUSINESS WIRE/ –Lime Energy Co. has announced the completion of their LEED Gold Design-Build-Exhibit Project at Table Rock Dam and Lake. The $10.4 million, Dewey Short Visitor Center encompasses 15,000 square feet with an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainability and educational exhibits. The exhibits were developed to proactively engage the public in sustainability experiences that encourage a broader appreciation of the features and resources of the entire region. The new center is named in honor of Congressman Dewey Short, who was instrumental in the approval of the Table Rock Project – a 252 feet high, 6,243 feet long concrete dam which provides flood control for 4,020 square miles of the White River watershed and a 52,300 surface area lake next to the popular tourist destination of Branson, MO.

Lime Energy was awarded the design-build task order by the US Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, AL, through their Facility Repair and Renewable (FRR) Contract in May 2010. Through comprehensive master planning, multi-disciplinary design and the resulting construction of the visitor center, Lime Energy provided a whole-site solution that incorporated site drainage and storm water quality management via bio-swale (rain gardens), minimal site maintenance and zeriscaping (local natural landscaping). Internally, the center utilizes ambient daylighting, energy efficient lighting, recycled, non-toxic materials, water efficient fixtures, closed loop geothermal (water to water) HVAC and enhanced systems commissioning that ensures all building systems perform at an optimum level. “Lime Energy was cognizant from the onset of the Army Corp’s desire to not only construct a world class facility, but to incorporate truly sustainable, low maintenance and energy efficient practices into the on-going operation of the center,” said Deane Leidholt, Director of Operations. “To further contribute to the LEED Gold Design parameters, the building’s energy efficiency is 35% below current ASHRAE standards and 83% of our construction waste was recycled.”

In addition to the expected environmental and tourism impact, the two year project also provided another local benefit to the Branson and Springfield Communities. “The US Army Corps of Engineers and Lime Energy were determined to source materials and labor locally,” said Jim Smith, Executive Vice President of Lime Energy. “Over the course of the two year project, Lime Energy hired 40 local subcontractors whose 100+ workers put in 50,000 man hours of no-accident work to complete the center. This is further testament to Dewey Short’s reputation of a world class Visitor Center.”

About Lime Energy Co
Lime Energy is building a clean energy future. As one of the nation’s leading providers of clean energy solutions, Lime brings over 25 years of delivering economically viable efficiency and renewable energy solutions that benefit communities and protect the environment. Lime’s platform includes some of the energy industry’s most experienced professionals and an expansive geographic footprint with over 350 employees at 18 locations in North America. Lime Energy’s services include integrated energy engineering, consulting and the implementation of solutions that enable customers to reduce their facility’s energy consumption, lower their operating and maintenance costs and reduce their carbon footprint. The company’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol LIME. Additional information is available at www.lime-energy.com or by emailing [email protected].

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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