Even with its big upfront costs, more and more businesses and municipalities are seeing the economic and sustainable virtues of going geothermal. Could the system currently being installed in the Marketplace Building signal a shift in downtown building practices?
"The geothermal system at the Marketplace Building starts underground in a lot north of Argiero's Restaurant, running under the brick pavement of Detroit Street to reach the building.
Aspects like crossing a public right-of-way with the underground pipes, liability and ongoing maintenance of the pipes under roadways concerned city staff as they researched and finalized the agreements, Harshe said.
The Downtown Development Authority, which funded part of the effort through its Energy Program, also played a role.
“I’m intrigued about its potential to make downtown even more of a sustainable center,” said Susan Pollay, executive director of the DDA."
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