A Grand Junction building that's nearly a century old is being rejuvenated through technological advances.
The Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse is mixing the old with the new.
Original wood floors have been refinished and beautiful glass windows and walls give the building a fresh new feel.
But aesthetics aside, the building will soon see energy efficiency like never before.
The $15M renovation project is bringing in solar panels which officials said will provide more electricity than the building even needs.
The federal building will also utilize a geothermal system with wells drilled nearly 500 feet into the ground. The new system will warm the building in the winter and cool it down in the summer.
The green initiatives are in effort to achieve net zero energy usage for the building, which in turn, would accomplish a very unique goal.
"The predominate number of net zero buildings around the country are new construction, I believe there is a couple retrofits but what we're hoping to accomplish here is, if not the first, one of the first site net zero buildings in a building also listed on the National Register of Historic Places," said Jason Sielcken, a project manager with the U.S. Government Services Administration.
Federal stimulus money is funding the project through the American Recovery and Restoration Act.
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