Photo: Working on a craft project under bright, energy-efficient LED lights.
A bright idea
“For those 30,000 members and visitors, experiencing the Center’s programs, we know that brighter and more attractive lighting serves our members and visitors better by providing improved illumination and a more attractive appeal,” said Lee Furuseth, executive director at Headwaters Science Center.
Furuseth worked with a team of HSC staff, board members, and other volunteers, Northwest CERT coordinator Shannon Stassen and staff at Otter Tail Power Company to explore the Center’s energy needs and then finalize a project and scope of work to upgrade the Center’s lighting.
“It’s great to see an organization dedicated to science take advantage of the latest in lighting technology by installing LEDs,” said Roger Garton, senior commercial and industrial representative at Otter Tail Power Company, who helped support the team’s work.
The Center hired Eric Ruffin, a local electrician from Bessler-Wiebolt Electric Company to complete the lighting retrofit, installing 120 new or repurposed lights including LED lighting above the Center’s main exhibit floor, in its upper science lab, staff offices, over its Raptor Exhibit, in the MakerSpace area, and in the Center’s store. Other light fixtures were repurposed in the Center’s basement, water testing lab, workshop and exhibit storage area.
Completing this project, even with some setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrated leadership and has helped the organization move forward through a challenging time.
“The costs of this project would have prevented the Headwaters Science Center from being able to upgrade our lights. This project would not have occurred without the rebates from Otter Tail Power Company and the Seed Grant from CERTs,” Furuseth said.
Photo: Roger Garton, Senior Commercial and Industrial Representative is seen here presenting a check for just over $4,800 from the Otter Tail Power Company to the Headwaters Science Center. Pictured with Roger are Ryan Kolka, Staff Infrastructure Committee Representative and Lee Furuseth, Executive Director.