Whittier Research Center

Lincoln, NE – Higher Education Project

The historic Whittier Junior High School was renovated for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Energy and Transportation Research Departments. Both were designed to LEED Silver standards. The project was awarded the Lincoln-Lancaster County Environmental Leadership Award for an example of adaptive reuse and demonstrating how to incorporate sustainable practices through construction design, policy, and planning. All of the systems were replaced, but because of the age of the building, a lot of verification of the existing structural constraints was required to assure routing of new systems was possible. This project incorporated UNL’s first geothermal design into their existing campus standards of fan array, variable air volume air handling systems.