International Quilt Study Center

1523 N. 33rd Street

International Quilt Study Center

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The International Quilt Study Center and Museum received its first anniversary gift in the form of the official awarding of the US Green Building Councils LEED Silver rating for its environmentally sustainable building. The museum is the first University new building to earn a LEED Silver rating

Major areas of achievement for the quilt museum

Sustainable sites

  • site selection
  • transportation access
  • reduced site preparation disturbance
  • reduction of heat island (reflective roofing, non-colored concrete)

Energy performance

  • Numerous energy saving measures(controls, u-value insulation,lighting densities)
  • No HCFC emitters (ozone)

Materials and Resources

  • Construction waste management
  • recycled content (iron, ceiling tiles 17%)
  • Local/regional materials (500 miles 60%)

Indoor environmental quality

    CO2 monitoring
  • Management during construction
  • Low emitting materials
  • Thermal comfort
  • Daylight in 75%, views 90%

Innovation and Design

  • Curtain wall fins
  • Green housekeeping
  • Designed with LEED input

The building, financed by private donations made to the University of Nebraska Foundation

  • Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York
  • Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, associate architect
  • ME Group (LEED consultant and commissioning agent)
  • Alvine Engineering (mechanical and electrical engineering)
  • Performance Engineering (structural engineering)
  • Hawkins Construction Company (general contractor)


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