HDR Receives Innovative Green Design Award

HDR Global Headquarters Exterior Building

HDR has been named one of the U.S. Green Building Council’s West North Central region’s 2020 Community Leadership Award recipients. HDR received a Merit Award in the Innovative Design, New Construction category for the design of its headquarters building in Omaha, Nebraska. Working closely with the building’s owner, Noddle Companies, HDR’s multidisciplinary team looked for synergies in the design to achieve efficiencies and healthy design.

“This recognition builds on the accomplishment of earning a LEED New Construction v4 Gold Rating,” said Michaella Wittmann, HDR director of sustainability. “Impact categories developed for LEED v4 underscore how a project can benefit their local communities and our planet by emphasizing better environmental, economic and social outcomes. Applying that perspective to this project allowed us to push boundaries and innovate — creating a building that is highly efficient and responsive to its context.”

Located in Omaha’s Aksarben mixed-use neighborhood, the 10-story office building engages the surrounding neighborhood by enhancing amenities in the area and promoting interaction between the area’s business community and public visitors. The design also included advanced green building strategies within the construct of a speculative office building typology. Specific achievements included: 68% Energy Use Intensity reduction compared to the regional average; a 31% water use reduction; an 87% irrigation reduction; a Lighting Power Density that is 38% better than code; and an estimated 15% Material Carbon Impact reduction over a comparable building.

“The creative process that HDR led resulted in a great project outcome,” said Jay Noddle, president of Noddle Companies. “Initiatives such as sustainability, wellness, flexibility, cost and speed-to-delivery were all given a great deal of focus and attention as our teams collaborated together.”

The 2020 Community Leadership Awards celebrate projects and teams going above to create healthy, resilient and sustainable buildings and communities. This year’s 18 winners represent green building projects and experts from across local USGBC communities, including Central Plains, Iowa; Minnesota; Missouri Gateway; Nebraska Flatwater; North Dakota; South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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