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District Energy St. Paul Purchases Jemne Building
Saint Paul, MN (March 19, 2015) – For the last decade, District Energy St. Paul and its affiliate, Ever-Green Energy, have occupied multiple offices to oversee the Saint Paul operations, as well as other affiliated projects and operations. With growing opportunities and an important connection to downtown Saint Paul, District Energy and its affiliates have chosen a new home in the Jemne Building at 305 St. Peter Street in downtown Saint Paul, MN.
The Jemne Building has a very important history, initially designed by Magnus and Elsa Jemne for the Women’s City Club in 1931. According to the Minnesota Historical Society, the building was designed to “emulate modernism and functionalism.” The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, was renovated for the Museum of Modern Art from 1972 to 1994, and for Wold Architects and Engineers in 1998, the latter of which occupied the building prior to this transaction.
The current building features district heating and cooling provided by District Energy St. Paul, which provides over 60% of its heating from renewable energy. Jemne’s unique training center is slated for educational programming and other customer and community events.
Work will begin immediately to prepare the building for occupancy, which is slated for fall 2015. The building will serve as an opportunity to showcase energy efficiency and sustainability. According to Ken Smith, president and CEO of District Energy St. Paul and its affiliates, “Preserving this building’s architectural history while showcasing advanced technologies will be a great challenge and a great opportunity. Jemne historically served as a place for social and intellectual discourse, which we expect to carry forward. We will use our new home to advance new sustainable energy solutions through collaborations with local utilities, designers, architects, engineers, planners, developers and other stakeholders. This intersection of engineering and community building is the foundation of our business, and the Jemne Building provides a great opportunity to incubate ideas and integrate solutions in the coming years.”
About District Energy Saint Paul
District Energy St. Paul is a leader in community energy, providing Saint Paul with reliable and sustainable heating and cooling services. As one of Saint Paul’s best kept secrets, District Energy remains committed to excellence in service, energy efficiency, community outreach, and technology innovation to benefit our customers and the environment. To share its best practices beyond Saint Paul, District Energy has developed an affiliate partner in Ever-Green Energy. Ever-Green serves as the operator and manager of District Energy St. Paul, St. Paul Cogeneration, Environmental Wood Supply, Energy Park Utility Company, and Duluth Steam. Additionally, Ever-Green provides energy planning, design, construction oversight, and overall system development for community and campus energy systems. For more information, visit districtenergy.com or ever-greenenergy.com