Lake Superior College

Academic Student Services

Innovative Leadership

Lake Superior College’s commitment to high quality student services and sustainable goals provided an excellent background for a quality design partnership with LHB. The project, funded by general obligation bonds, was centered on improving the student experience from the first introduction to the College to well after graduation. This focus created one of the first “one-stop shop” models in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, providing a single point of contact for financial aid, registration, advising, and other services. Surrounding the service area are high-quality, technology-rich classrooms to support a variety of teaching methodologies.

From a sustainability perspective, the project centered on a number of key strategies. This was the first Minnesota State project to implement thermal displacement ventilation (TDV), providing optimal air quality with low CO2 levels while eliminating fan noise in the classrooms. Other components included reduced energy use through efficient systems, natural daylighting with integrated lighting controls, the use of recycled materials and additional strategies that resulted in LEED Certification.

Project Type New Construction, Sustainable Design
Location Duluth, MN
Completion Date August 2009
Size 22,000 SF
Features & Highlights First LEED Certified Minnesota State (MnSCU) Project
Leader in Student Service "One-stop Shop"
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Improving daylighting, reducing heat gain

One of the defining features of this building is the innovative solar shading. Because of the owner’s design standards, they could not be integrated into the frames to reduce solar heat gain. LHB designed a structural shading system that complied with the owner’s requirements and is thermally separated for optimal performance of the exterior wall.

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Education beyond traditional students

LSC has served the community workforce in greater Duluth for more than a decade. One goal of LSC was to provide services and training to the region’s residents in flexible, high-quality spaces. High ceilings allow for great daylighting, thermal displacement ventilation, and acoustics.