Facility also educates about oil and gas production in the region
Southbound motorists traveling Interstate 29 near Rock Port, Missouri this Wednesday, June 27 are encouraged to visit a brand new facility to welcome them to the state. The Rock Port Welcome Center in Atchison County officially will be opened to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, during a formal dedication ceremony, according to the Missouri Division of Tourism and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The theme of the new Welcome Center is “Energy Conservation and Alternative Energy: Past & Present.” Working with Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University, and various historical and energy experts, informational panels throughout the building educate visitors about energy use and production. The site does more than just educate. Energy conservation and sustainability was designed into the project and will save Missourians thousands in the years to come. In fact, a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certification is being sought for the project. Some of the numerous site designs include these energy efficiencies:
- Ground source heat pump
- Energy-efficient lighting with occupancy sensors
- Hot water circulator
- Sand-filtered waste water treatment
The welcome center is located in a region of the state that is one of the largest natural gas and oil production areas in Missouri, known as the Forest City Basin. Oil was discovered in Missouri shortly after the Civil War when water wells were being drilled near Kansas City. Missouri has seen a marked increase in the production of oil in the last two fiscal years. Fiscal year 2011 figures total 112,508 barrels of oil produced. Missouri has potentially large quantities of “unconventional” energy resources that include: coalbed methane, oil sand and oil shale.
So, be sure to see the display in the welcome center that addresses oil and gas in Missouri. Learn more about oil and gas in Missouri.
Also, read about the energy efficient makeover of our facilities in Rolla in which we installed ground source heat pump systems, energy-efficient lighting with occupancy sensors, and Low-E windows that enable us to dramatically increase energy efficiency.
The new center is located on I-29 just south of the town of Rock Port. (Please note that because the welcome center is designed to service travelers just entering Missouri, it is accessible only from southbound I-29.) Read the MoDOT news release. –Joe