Project Profile

Project Profile: Green Acres Barn, Eden Prairie, Minn.


October 29_Green Acres Barn Image 1“If it was a 90 degree day, you just couldn’t be in there,” said Craig Schumacher, president of Countryside Heating & Cooling, about the Green Acres Barn in Eden Prairie, Minn. Schumacher was part of the team tasked with renovating the oldest-standing barn in the city, a project necessitated to avoid its demolition due the county’s plans to widen the Pioneer Trail and consequently replace Green Acres Barn with a drainage pond.

Schussler Creative and well-known as the creator of the Rainforest Café®, teamed up with Schumacher after he read about the fate of Green Acres Barn and purchased the structure from the county. Schussler decided to restore the 6,000-square-foot space into a place that could be used for a variety of events, from weddings and bar mitzvahs to community and charity events.

With that end goal in mind, Schussler, Schumacher and the crew were determined to find a way to maintain as much of the barn’s historic architecture and authenticity as possible while at the same time create a space where people would be comfortable inside. The existing traditional ducted HVAC system just didn’t cut it. The lack of sufficient air conditioning in the hot summer months forced people outside to fight the heat inside. So in order to transform the space into one that’s functional and pleasant to be in, Schumacher recommended our ductless system because “it simply was the right one.”

October 29_Green Acres Barn Image 2The historic elements and structural beauty of Green Acres Barn weren’t sacrificed by the new comfort system but preserved due to the minimal demolition required for ductless installations. Special brackets were made to mount the indoor units and protect the Gothic Arch-shaped roof made of ancient timbers and rare yellow glazed tile. The indoor units were painted to blend in with the wood interior and maintain the barn’s rich and enchanting ambiance.

Most importantly, thanks to the fresh and comfortable air supplied by our ductless system, party-goers can now enjoy the ambient lighting from the 35 crystal chandeliers, the old-fashioned player pianos and vintage jukeboxes, the coziness of the fireplace and wine cellar – all the things that has given Green Acres Barn that wow factor.

For more information on the Green Acres Barn restoration, click here.