The Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Muskegon Innovation Hub (the Hub) formerly known as the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) is one of the first newly constructed facilities in Michigan to receive “Gold Certification” as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building. The building features hydrogen fuel cells, solar photovoltaic roof panels and nickel metal hydride batteries enabling the building to collect, generate, store and ultimately sell electrical power to the local utility. Exposed exterior and interior mechanical systems assist in the learning process. The Hub also incorporates natural lighting, sensor-controlled interior lights, low-energy fluorescent and LED light fixtures, under-floor air distribution, and zoned heating and cooling networks to achieve maximum energy efficiency. The building includes flexible laboratory space that could be used by various start-up companies for research facilities.
AIA GR Building Honor Award, Sustainable Recognition
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) Exemplary Sustainable Building Award