The Tour

Midtown Crossing

200 South 31st Avenue

Omaha is very lucky to have one of the first LEED for Neighborhood Development projects in the country, Midtown Crossing. A new distinction for green development, LEED for Neighborhood Development encourages projects with locations in urban centers convenient to transportation options, with higher density development to promote walkability and access, and a mix of uses – including places to both live, work, shop and be entertained. In addition to the entire neighborhood being more sustainable, the buildings at Midtown Crossing are high-performance with such features as LED lighting, green roofs accessible to tenants, recycling for residents, and highly-insulated exterior wall panels.

  • A compact, complete, and well-connected neighborhood.
  • Easy access to public transportation.
  • The revitalized Turner Park hosts a summer Farmer’s Market, Jazz on the Green, and other community events
  • Commercial spaces feature local grocer Wohlner’s and one of the nation’s greenest restaurants, The Grey Plume.
 

The Bank

206 S. 19th Street

It is often said that the greenest building is the one already built. This historic remodel, The Bank, was originally the Bankers Reserve Life Company, built in 1923. In 1934, an addition doubled the building’s square footage to become the Farm Credit Building. Now, it houses 106 market rate apartments, with first floor commercial spaces. The one and two-bedroom units feature historic qualities with new energy-saving windows, recycling programs, and a great location convenient to downtown, the Joslyn Art Museum, and Creighton University.


The Margaret

2103 North 16th Street

Another of Omaha’s historic properties, The Margaret remodel features the some of the newest green technology to complement its unique Jacobethan Revival character. The building features the state’s first low-income housing Solar Demonstration project which provides the building’s hot water. Additionally sustainable features include ground-source heat pumps and a geothermal well for heating and cooling, insulated glass windows, Energy Star rated appliances and water conserving plumbing fixtures. Each of the 16 units provides access to historic exterior balconies overlooking the rear “light court” which provides daylight and means for ventilation and air circulation for the tenants.

  • The restoration of existing floors, walls, stairways and brickwork are important to retain the building’s historic status as well as reduce construction materials and waste.
  • Because of the types of HVAC and hot water systems, The Margaret will release zero emissions that contribute to global warming / the accumulation of greenhouse gases.
  • All interior paints and primers, adhesives and sealants, and wood composites will meet or exceed current Green Seal standards for low-VOC limits.

 

Creighton’s Solar Array

25th Ave & Cuming Street

Nebraska’s largest solar installation is right here on Creighton University’s campus. Completed in June 2010, with the assistance of funding from the US Department of Energy and the Omaha Public Power District, Creighton University generates approximately 120 kW of clean, renewable energy, around 4% of campus electricity. Solar installations, both at the Cuming Street Parking lot and Kiewit Fitness Center rooftop, deploy a variety of solar and wind energy collection systems chosen as part of student-oriented research project to evaluate the performance of these renewable energy systems in the climate of Nebraska. Additionally, 4 vertical axis wind turbines are placed strategically at the corner of the Lied Performing Arts Center to take advantage of wind turbulence with a power generating capacity of 1.2 kW each.