Schemmer was featured in a 10 11 NOW KOLN/KGIN story titled, "Solar panels gaining popularity in Lincoln," discussing how Lincoln is using more solar panels to utilize solar energy and give back to the City.
Solar Panels & Solar Energy in Lincoln
Schemmer provided architecture and engineering services for the Dermatology Associates of Lincoln off 70th and South Street. The building will feature 80 solar panels.
“What you’re seeing is the largest private PV panel that you can put on a roof and still connect to the LES system,” said Peter Hind, AIA, LEED AP, a Schemmer senior architect.
Once the Dermatology Associates building is finished, it will run on mainly solar energy. When it produces more energy than it is consuming it will send that energy right back into the grid, thus giving it back to Lincoln.
“On a Sunday, for example, the building will use very, very little energy,” said Hind. “It uses LED lights so even the lights are using very small amounts so it will produce more than it uses on those times.”
Schemmer's Project: The Dermatology Associates of Lincoln
The Dermatology Associates of Lincoln engaged Schemmer to design a new facility for their medical practice. The client challenged us to consider our rural Nebraska roots and as a team, we introduced the concept of:
- energy optimization,
- energy savings,
- and sustainability.
The design borrows formal cues found on the family farm and simple rural structures. The final spatial arrangement capitalizes on:
- daylight balancing,
- modest use of glazing,
- efficient medical adjacencies for staff and providers,
- and allows for various types of medical delivery.
Additionally, the building is an energy producer. By installing low energy use LED lighting, daylight monitoring, and active photovoltaic panels to harness energy on-site, the building is close to net-zero. Schemmer and our partner, SWT Energy, designed and installed 2,500 kilowatts of active solar panels on the south-facing roof. The 80 photovoltaic panels are rated for 110 mph and are the most efficient models found in the region. The active solar system is connected to the electrical grid and will provide net-metering for the client.
Design with Purpose. Build with Confidence.
Schemmer is a full-service architecture, engineering and construction field services consultant. Providing responsible solutions for complex design and construction-related challenges.
Founded in 1959, we are grounded in our past but remain fully committed to the future. Located in three States and six offices throughout the Midwest, Schemmer is providing services to clients from coast-to-coast and border-to-border across the United States.
Schemmer's services include:
- Field Services