Norfolk Operations Center

LEED Gold certified NPPD Operations Center
The new LEED Gold certified NPPD Operations Center puts sustainable energy innovation into practice, using renewable resources and educating the public about energy consumption.
Lobby featuring educational displays
The LEED Gold certified operations center lobby features educational displays and a real time display of power generated by the solar panel and wind turbines at the site.
Operations center BIM illustrations
Building Information Modeling (BIM) illustrations were used to keep NPPD apprised of the project status and evolution.
A trio of wind turbines
A trio of wind turbines on the property will provide 7.6 kilowatts of energy.
Recyclable zinc panels
Along with many other sustainable features that contributed to the LEED Gold certification, zinc panels used on the building's exterior walls are 98 percent recyclable.
LEED Gold certified NPPD Operations Center
The new LEED Gold certified NPPD Operations Center puts sustainable energy innovation into practice, using renewable resources and educating the public about energy consumption.
Single-axis rotating solar collector
Single-axis rotating solar collector programmed to automatically reset to the orientation of the rising sun each day.
Interior finishes
Interior finishes include low volatile organic compound paint, GreenGard-certified furnishings and motion-activated energy efficient lighting.
Nebraska Public Power District
Norfolk, Nebraska, USA

When Nebraska Public Power District leaders realized they needed to upgrade and consolidate a group of aging and geographically separated operational facilities, they did more than simply build a functional new facility. They decided that helping their customer base understand both the need for energy efficiency and the variety of renewable technologies available would be a key element of their consolidated operations center. They decided to move beyond talking "green" by being "green," by building a LEED Gold certified center that includes a public energy education center.

The design for the Norfolk Operations Center blends technology with sustainability in an 87,000-square-foot facility, integrating three key innovative alternate energy components to support the complementary goals of long-term energy efficiency and cost savings.

The new operations center includes:

  • An expandable geothermal system with 128 ground source wells that extend 275 feet below ground.
  • The largest rotating solar collection in the United States, programmed to automatically reset to the orientation of the rising sun each day.
  • Three wind turbines of different types and sizes.

The combined use of these alternative energy sources provides a significant percentage of the facility's energy and will reduce energy use by nearly 35 percent over traditional construction and operation methods over the long term.

The result is a real world role model for sustainable energy use for a broad base of energy consumers.

Awards

  • 2011 - National Recognition Award, American Council of Engineering Companies 
  • 2011 - Nebraska Honor Award, American Council of Engineering Companies
  • Sustainable Features: Alternative Energy, Daylighting & Views, Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management Plan, Geothermal Energy, Green Stormwater, LEED Certified, LEED Gold, Light Pollution Reduction, Low-Emitting Materials, Measurement & Verification, Occupant Lighting Control, Photovoltaics, Recycled-content Materials, Recycling , Renewable Energy On-site, Stormwater Management, Water Efficient Landscaping, Water Use Reduction
  • Size: 87,000-square-foot facility
  • Professional Services: Architecture, Energy Management & Conservation, Engineering & Design, Landscape Architecture, Modeling, Sustainable Design Consulting
  • Related Projects: Power, Renewable Energy
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