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Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

An area hospital received an award last month in recognition of its building's environmental conservation efforts, hospital officials said. 

On Nov.13, Edgerton Hospital officials accepted a "Special Citation" award from the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance in recognition of the hospital's outstanding design, sustainability and leadership in the area of green building.

The hospital said it's one of the first hospitals in Wisconsin to utilize a ground-loop geothermal HVAC system to reduce energy consumption by up to 40 percent compared to other hospitals of similar size. 

The hospital, which opened in October 2011, features a maintenance-friendly, state-of-the-art geothermal HVAC system; low volatile organic compounds, also called VOCs; materials for clean air; natural daylight seating and views; and operable windows in patient rooms.

Grocer relocates to new, bigger store

Grocer relocates to new, bigger store

Officials cut a ceremonial ribbon to open a new grocery store in Janesville this week. 

The new ALDI store opened at 2901 Deerfield Drive Thursday at 9 a.m., and the former ALDI in Janesville on Milton Avenue closed its doors Wednesday at 8 p.m., according to a news release. The public was invited to attend the ribbon-cutting, tour the store and sample products.

The new store offers increased space for produce, improved natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light-bulbs, the retailer said. 

ALDI said it eliminates overhead costs by offering smart practices, such as a cart rental system through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouragement of customers to bring their own shopping bags.

Beloit College plans to turn old power plant into rec space

Beloit College plans to turn old power plant into rec space

Beloit College plans to overhaul a defunct power plant into a recreational space for students over the next four years.

Beloit College said Wednesday in a news release that it's working with Studio Gang Architects to reimagine the former Blackhawk Generating Station between the college campus and the Rock River.

Plans for the future Powerhouse include a coffee shop, lounges, a conference center, lecture hall, fitness center and theater. An eight-lane competition pool will have space for 250 spectators. There will also be a 10,000-square-foot fitness center and a 17,000-square-foot recreational gym.

The design will keep the building's original architectural features and incorporate  new sustainable practices, such as using the river to help maintain the ambient temperature in the building.

A three-lane suspended running track will weave throughout the building, according to the release.

Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Car enthusiast Tom Skinner owns a 1937 Chevrolet made at the old General Motors plant in Janesville. Over the years he has seen the city change, but he said there is one thing that should remain the same.

"This is a car town. General Motors has been here and Samson Tractor before that. We want to highlight and showcase this history of transportation in this city," Skinner said.

Skinner, along with other city residents, has formed the group Friends of Franklin Street Service Station to save a former 1930s gas station from being torn down. They are asking the city to allow them to restore the building and turn it into a classic car museum.

"I think this has a real good chance of bringing people to the downtown area. We've lost so many historic buildings, and this is one of the few remaining historic gas stations in the city. It would be a shame to see it disappear," he said.

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

A bioscience company broke ground on a new planned 50,000-square-foot facility in Beloit Thursday. 

The building at 1800 Gateway Blvd., planned to be finished later this year, will serve as the NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes headquarters, the company said. The facility will develop a radioisotope used in medical diagnostic imaging. 

NorthStar said in a news release that the facility is the first part of a planned 32-acre corporate campus. A second and third phase of expansion could double the building's size and build up to two additional facilities on the site by 2018.

The company said 20 full-time employees will work at the Gateway Boulevard building. According to the Rock County Development Alliance, NorthStar expects to have approximately 165 employees working at its Beloit campus within the next four years. NorthStar is currently headquartered in Madison at 5249 Femrite Drive.

 

Realtors hope warmer weather will heat up home sales

Realtors hope warmer weather will heat up home sales

Realtors are hoping spring-like temperatures heat up home sales since they've been down for the last two cold-winter months.

Existing home sales in February dropped 10.1 percent compared with last year. In Dane County, sales fell 5.7 percent.

No real change was recorded in Rock County home sales, but sales fell 35 percent in Sauk County. Sales did go up 12.1 percent in Columbia County.

There is some good news for sellers, the median home price in February was $130,000 statewide, which is 7 percent higher compared with last year.