The Kraft Group, which was founded by Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, focused on three areas when they designed Gillette Stadium in 2002: long-term sustainability, energy efficiency and ecosystem management. The goal was to create a facility that was sustainable both in its construction and its day-to-day operation.

From its inception, the designers focused on key areas that would yield environmental benefits and cost savings.

• Minimize Energy Use
Timing devices installed on the electrical distribution system enabled all nonessential lighting after hours to be automatically shut down. This attention to energy use at the design stage reduced consumption and associated financial costs, as well as related carbon emissions.

• Sustainable Use Of Wastewater
An on-site wastewater treatment facility treats the stadium’s sanitary drainage, such as wastewater generated from handwashing, laundry and bathing. This water is then reused in thousands of toilets throughout the facility, saving millions of gallons of water annually.

• Harnessing Energy From The Sun
Construction of a photovoltaic power system is expected to generate approximately 525 kilowatts of clean, renewable solar power at Patriot Place, the 1.3-million-square-foot entertainment, retail and dining destination adjacent to Gillette Stadium. The system will supply approximately 30 percent of Patriot Place’s power and span seven building rooftops at the complex. Construction includes the installation of approximately 2,800 crystalline photovoltaic panels.

The facility management team at Gillette Stadium continues to search for new ways to expand its conservation efforts and cut costs.

SOURCE: Excel Dryer

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