Client National Park Service, US Department of the Interior

Carl T. Curtis, Midwest Regional Headquarters Building

Omaha, Nebraska

The National Park Service (NPS) consolidated multiple locations, including a main office, into a regional headquarters that is environmentally and visitor friendly and technologically advanced. This 68,000-SF facility, which links Omaha’s Missouri Riverfront projects to Downtown Omaha, was designed to conserve, protect, and restore the natural environment for the benefit of future generations. Housing the offices that provide resources to support the 13 states in the NPS’s Midwest Region, the building also serves as a permanent museum for Lewis and Clark artifacts relating the history of the river and its importance to the area.

Located on the main floor is a large multipurpose training room with capacity for over 120 people capable of being subdivided into three smaller rooms with movable partitions. Both auditorium and seminar configurations are possible with adjacent storage for tables and chairs. Technology concessions were implemented through integrated videoconferencing and accessibility of power and data cables via a raised floor.

The building has been awarded LEED Gold Certification and showcases environmentally sound sustainable design through the use of daylight harvesting techniques and integrated sensors that measure ambient daylight and adjust artificial light accordingly. Occupancy sensors automatically turn lights off in unoccupied rooms. The east-west positioning of the building both reduces heat gain and allows 90 percent of the employees to have a Missouri River view. The parking lot has priority spaces set aside for carpoolers and AC power outlets for alternate-fuel automobiles. Native plants, requiring little or no water, surround the building and add to newly created adjacent wetlands.  As an outstanding example of sustainable design, it serves as a “teaching tool” for the NPS.

At a glance

68,000 SF

Training Room

Sustainable Design Features

LEED-NC Gold Certification

Features

Environmental Achievement Award
US Department of the Interior

Environmental Award for Sustainable Design/Green Buildings
US General Services Administration

Master Conservationist for Community Private Award
Omaha World-Herald & University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Second Place Honor, Excellence in Design Award (Government - State, Federal, Local Category)
Environmental Design + Construction magazine

Award for Engineering Excellence
Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers

Closing The Circle Award Winner
Sustainable Design / Green Buildings, Civilian
The White House

Architectural Honorable Mention Award -
Design Excellence/Sustainable Design
American Institute of Architects, Nebraska Chapter

Services

Architectural Design

Full Engineering Services

"Since moving to the new riverfront headquarters ... the National Park Service has used 34% less energy per square foot and 50% less water than at its previous site."

280

Million people visit national parks each year.

Fact:

The highest point in North America (Mount McKinley) and the lowest point (Death Valley, CA) are both within the boundaries of National Parks.

397

Units in the National Park System that go from A to Z – Abraham Lincoln Birthplace (KY) to Zion National Park (UT).