new Merriam store will feature a geothermal heating and cooling system
Ikea, the world leading home furnishings retailer, on Tuesday announced plans to incorporate geothermal technology into the store heating and cooling system. The company said the Merriam project will be the largest of its kind in Kansas or Missouri. store using geothermal technology.
geothermal in our Kansas City area store reflects our commitment to sustainable building practices whenever feasible, said Mike Ward, Ikea USA president, in a statement.
The 359,000 square foot Ikea store, with 1,200 parking spaces, is being built on the eastern side of Interstate 35 and pandora charms uk Johnson Drive. The store, which will have about 300 employees, is expected to open in fall 2014.
Ikea Merriam store, its first in the area, is a $70.3 million project. The company did not break out the cost of the geothermal heating and cooling system.
adds multimillions, but it will save us multimillions, said Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth.
The closed loop ground source heat pump system involves drilling 180 boreholes, 6 inches in diameter and 600 feet deep, into the ground across part of the 19 acre Ikea parcel in Merriam. None of the boreholes will be drilled directly under the store footprint, Roth said.
Pipes placed into the boreholes will form an underground netw pandora charms uk ork of loops for circulating 36,000 gallons of heat transferring liquid (a water based antifreeze solution) connected to 64 forced air heat pumps to cool and heat the store.
The system also includes five hot water heat pumps to provide potable hot water needed for the store lavatory and restaurant operations.
Related drilling and underground work should be completed by winter.
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