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.

For more information, please visit our website at www.schemmer.com.