6457 Frances Street at Aksarben VillageAksarben Village
Omaha, NE 68106
Design Achievement - This new mixed-use building located in Aksarben Village responds to the development's design guidelines with a welcoming, bold experience of light and transparency. DLR Group's design employs a slender building form allowing natural light to penetrate to the core through the smooth northern curtain wall and large windows to the south. Automated sunshades on the south facade ensure a gentle light throughout the day. A simple floor plate and limited columns allow for maximum flexibility on all floors. The sleek contemporary design allows ultimate flexibility in retail storefronts and interaction with the streetscape. A clear entrance from both the street front and from within the block welcomes visitors and allows for easy wayfinding. The major civic park at Aksarben Village connects to the open space network of the region, making it accessible by foot and bicycle, reinforcing the desire to be at the forefront of the "new urbanism" movement in the mid-American region. Surface and structured parking provides ample spaces for vehicular traffic with safe separation from pedestrian paths.
Scope Summary – This project scope encompassed design of a new three-story, 39,400 SF office building. Planning included the design of a narrow building footprint to maximize daylight penetration and extensive open interior space to provide maximum flexibility for tenants. The mechanical, electrical, and structural design was carefully integrated with the architecture to allow implementation of interior design strategies for Class A workplace environments. Sustainable design and construction strategies used for the building achieved LEED Gold certification. DLR Group provided architecture, interiors, and engineering services.