Pioneers Park Nature Center Addition

Lincoln
NE

Pioneers Park Nature Center Addition

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The Pioneers Park Nature Center addition was completed in 2007 and was awarded LEED Silver certification.

Some sustainable features include:

Reduction of construction waste

  • Recycled windows, light fixtures, doors, ceramic tile and dimensional lumber

Water conservation

  • Low flow toilets and faucets
  • Rainwater harvesting system - can capture 3000 gallons to be used for watering gardens
  • Landscaping includes drought tolerant and native plants

Energy Efficiency

  • Strawbale construction uses renewable resources with high insulation value
  • Insulation materials:
    • Ultra Touch cotton batt insulation contains 85% post-industrial recycled natural denim fibers
    • Cellulose insulation contains 100% recycled content from newspapers
  • Geothermal heat pump system consists of 15 wells
  • Energy Star windows
  • Natural daylighting with views in all occupied spaces
  • T5 fluorescent lighting
  • An extensive Green Roof planted with prairie species that reduces runoff, increases thermal efficiency, and reduces the heat island effect

Material choices

  • Local limestone used for retaining wall
  • Cedar shingles
  • Concrete mix contains 30% recycled content
  • EcoCycle porcelain floor tile has 40% recycled content
  • Carpet tile by Shaw has 38% post industrial recycled content with an ecoworx backing
  • Countertops are a pressed paper and resin composite
  • Interior paint is Pro-Green 200, low VOC, low odor latex paint

The architect for the project was The Architectural Partnership and the contractor was Rogge Construction.

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