LEED BD+C: New Construction v2.2
LEED Platinum 2009
The most innovative aspect of this project, I believe, is the fact that we're able to track our systems so precisely – a rarity for such a relatively small building. Individual sub-meters... allow for the kind of precise energy accounting that I wish we had for all projects.
Morrissey Engineering Inc’s 4940 Building was the first building in Nebraska to be awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of certification achievable. The project site, in a suburban area, is located in the Roanoke Business Park, a compact development with shared public spaces and close proximity to many current and future planned services.
When the company began building its new headquarters, it was committed to designing a facility that was not only environmentally friendly, but also created an aesthetically pleasing and extremely functional environment that allows its staff of approximately 30 to be comfortable and highly productive. The site chosen was previously developed as part of a tree farm and is currently being redeveloped into a multi-use business park with a mix of office, retail, and restaurants with walking trails.
The 4940 Building is a single-story office building with a mechanical mezzanine/storage area. The 15,580-square-foot building houses the offices of Morrissey Engineering, Inc, and a 3,712-square-foot tenant space.The 4940 Building became fully occupied in fall of 2008.
Numerous sustainable design strategies have helped achieve significant reductions in electricity, water, and emissions – including on-site photovoltaics; a ground-source geothermal heat pump system; rainwater harvesting for irrigation; low-flow plumbing fixtures; daylighting; a digital lighting control system; reflective roofing and parking lot paving materials; recycled materials; and real-time energy consumption monitoring to ensure peak performance. The building also features green amenities that provide conveniences to employees, as well as an aesthetically-pleasing work environment. These include a man-made pond with fountain; skylights and eight-foot-tall windows providing direct outdoor views; recycling stations; bicycle storage; showers with changing rooms; preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles; and carpools.
Morrissey Engineering, Inc, is the owner and occupant of this building, and was also the provider of mechanical, electrical, and technological design services.
The Roanoke Business Park was erected under Omaha by Design recommendations to create a mixed-use development that promotes walking, biking, and neighborhood camaraderie for the 21 development lots and residences. This development fulfills a niche for those who want to own their own retail or office space with a comfortable atmosphere in an area easily accessible from its north and west borders, Fort and 120th Streets, which are two major Omaha thoroughfares.
Walking paths, roundabouts, and streetscapes around the pond make the area attractive and pedestrian-friendly. The site is also easily accessible from the Omaha Biketrail, which connects to Omaha’s Papio trail and to the 150-mile Wabash Trace Trail that leads to the Missouri River.