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Frank Comisar, AIA

Welcome to the new Schemmer blog. I am honored to write this inaugural post to introduce myself and our new home for sharing thoughts, ideas and commentary about our passion, architecture and engineering, as well as our mission to enable our clients’ to define and achieve their goals.

First, a little about me. My name is Frank Comisar, AIA.  I am the CEO and President of The Schemmer Associates Inc. and December 15, 2011 will mark my 25th anniversary with the firm. Not only does saying this make me feel old, but it also serves to remind me about the incredible changes to every facet of society and the built environment that we have witnessed over the years. With regard to architecture and engineering, those changes encompass everything from designer’s tools to project implementation and everything in between.

Our blog is the next step along the evolutionary path. Our goal here is to create an interactive on-line community of people with related interests where we can share thoughts and ideas about what we do, how we do it and how together we might do it better in the future. Schemmer is fortunate to count among its staff and clients, numerous industry experts, who will become regular contributors to this blog. Our experts will be introduced to you in the coming weeks and months through their posts. We will share ideas about best practices, news, technology, industry trends, sustainable design and a variety of other topics. We hope you will not only find our posts interesting, but that they will include valuable information you can use in your organization to achieve a greater level of success.

In closing, let me extend a formal invitation to you to become a part of our on-line community. We encourage you to check back often and if so inclined, provide your own comments and thoughts. We welcome your input. Architecture and engineering affects every one of us, as well as our families and businesses. We live, work and play in the built environment. With that in mind, this blog is dedicated to improving the built environment and helping your organization achieve greater success!

Happy Holidays from The Schemmer Associates Inc.

Schemmer’s Matthew Sutton, P.E., LEED AP was featured in The Midlands Business Journal

Schemmer’s Matthew Sutton, P.E., LEED AP was featured in The Midlands Business Journal’s December 9, 2011 publication on page 34.

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OPPD Omaha Service Center Achieves LEED Platinum

Schemmer Announces OPPD Omaha Center awarded LEED® Platinum certification 

Omaha, Nebraska - The Schemmer Associates Inc. (Schemmer) a local full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm, worked with OPPD to meet the functional and environmental goals of the new Omaha Service Center, which earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum rating, under the rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council in September 2011. Platinum is the highest LEED® certification and the OPPD Service Center is one of three in Nebraska awarded this rating. Schemmer initially developed a facilities program and a master plan for the 13.5 acre site, located near Eppley Airfield. Based on this plan, Schemmer provided complete architectural and engineering design services.

The primary purpose of establishing renewable energies on this site was for customer education. “This facility is a showcase for OPPD to display alternative energy options to its customers,” said Russell Sack, P.E., LEED AP BD+C.Not only did OPPD want to display these options, but they wanted to utilize this site as a test bed for the various options available to customers.”

Achieved engineering and construction strategies that contributed to OPPD’s newest service center reaching the apex of green performance include: 

-        48% reduction in water consumption

-        50% increase in energy efficiency

-        77% increase usage of natural daylight to light interior spaces

-        23% of the materials were from recycled content

-        36% of materials came from within the Omaha region

-        78% reduction of material waste

Over the past half century, Schemmer has developed into a comprehensive, single-source multidiscipline firm prepared to offer clients a complete range of architectural, engineering and planning services. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Schemmer has regional offices in Lincoln, Nebraska; Council Bluffs and Des Moines, Iowa; as well as in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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U.S. 6 Broadway Viaduct, Council Bluffs, IA

Schemmer was retained by the Iowa Department of Transportation to design a replacement structure for the U.S. 6, Broadway Viaduct, a key transportation artery and a critical public structure in the City of Council Bluffs.  The project team collaborated extensively with the Iowa West Foundation (IWF) and Ed Carpenter who was selected by IWF to design and construct a public art sculpture on the proposed viaduct.

At 1,537 feet long, the Viaduct stretchs from approximately 9th Street to 14th Street.  The new structure consists of 12 spans and was constructed with pretensioned / prestressed concrete bulb tee E beams. The viaduct crosses over the Indian Creek conduit, several City streets and the CNIC and UP Railroads. 

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