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IMG_0231.JPGThe National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE) is a spacious 106,200 square-foot building with phenomenal views of the Missouri River. The building serves as the national center of education and training for the energy industry.

The NECE is heated, cooled and ventilated from a geothermal system consisting of 504 wells that are 200 feet deep. The ventilation system, which provides outside air to maintain indoor air quality, is achieved by a total energy heat recovery system coupled to the geothermal piping system to have the earth preheat and precool the outside air without the use of electricity or gas.
  • Heat recovery system extracts unusable heat from the building and transfers this heat to the outside air
  • Temperature of underground loop ranges from 40F to 70F
  • Payback period for loop system is less than 10 years.
  • Energy efficient lighting system meets requirements of LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) without the certification.
  • Interior lighting: High efficiency T8 fluorescent lamps with multi-level switching and occupancy sensors. Compact fluorescent lamps used in downlighting.
  • Exterior lighting: High efficiency pulse start metal halide lamps provide good uniform lighting in parking lots and sidewalks without light spilling onto adjacent properties. Controlled via building automation system for efficient control of illumination.
  • Flexcrete, a construction material manufactured from fly ash, was donated by Great River Energy as a demonstration of the use of North Dakota fly ash as a building material. The Flexcrete material is recycled from coal combustion byproducts (which require disposal) and has been used throughout the interior of the building.
  • NECE sits on 7 acres of land donated to BSC by the City of Bismarck.
Tour the NECE

1st Floor
Continuing Education (CE), PowerBean Cafe and BSC student lounge.

2nd Floor
National Energy Center of Excellence offices, simulator training lab, WebLab display, state-of-the-art training labs, indoor wind tower climbing section, classrooms, computer lab, CDL simulators and a BSC student study lounge.

3rd Floor
College administration offices, the Basin auditorium (seats 164), the EPIC conference room, IVN (Interactive Video Network) classrooms, classrooms, state-of-the-art training lab, and additional conference rooms and offices.

4th Floor
The Bavendick State Room (seats 512), 6 breakout rooms (seat 36 - 64), hands-on state-of-the-art training lab and classroom.
Solar arrays, small-scale wind tower, Nacelle tower climbing structure.
Various rooms throughout the NECE are available for rent. For pricing and availability, contact BSC Facility Requests at or 701-224-5686.