2020 ACEC Nebraska Honors Awards
The annual American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Nebraska Awards are always something that Alvine Engineering looks forward to each year; however, this year was extra special. This year, we submitted our very own commercial headquarters building. The 1201 Cass Commercial Office building was awarded the 2020 Honor Award in the category “Building/Technology/Systems.”
Currently seeking certification by the International WELL Building Institute, the Alvine Engineering headquarters building was designed according to the WELL Building Standard. The Alvine leadership team began the project with the goal of WELL certification; therefore, the design team made that the main focus from the architectural layout and programming of the space to all MEP, fire protection, and technology systems. The lighting system consists of tunable light fixtures that balance electric light with daylight to provide adequate lighting while reducing eye fatigue and encouraging a healthy circadian rhythm. The underfloor air distribution systems used throughout the office allow workstation users to have control of the airflow at each desk, promoting the WELL benefit of individual thermal comfort.
The leadership team not only wanted to gain a better understanding of the WELL Building Standard through design and construction, but also to share the lessons and innovation with others. To accomplish this, the building is a living learning lab with MEP and technology systems on display. Visitors can view the mechanical room from a window in the lobby, the underfloor air distribution system is exposed in one conference room, and the lighting lab features changeable light fixtures for demonstrations. Perhaps the greatest measure of success for the headquarters project is the positive feedback from employees who take full advantage of the WELL benefits that promote a healthier lifestyle overall. To learn more about Alvine Engineering’s journey to WELL, check out our article, “What Does a WELL-Designed Building Look Like?”
For the full list of 2020 ACEC Nebraska Honor Award winners, check out the Omaha World Herald article!