Imagining a New Future for Two Old Buildings
As a community leader and technological pioneer, First National Bank wanted to set the bar high yet again for sustainability and renewable energy usage in their hometown of Omaha. The introduction of carbon-reducing, highly efficient, thermal window insulation technologies gave them the opportunity to update two aging commercial buildings they managed.
“We had a 22-story building in downtown Omaha and a 7-story building in West Omaha that both needed updates for increased sustainability,” Tim Malik, Senior Director for Property Management at First National Bank, stated.“One has a lot of entryway glass with many anomalies; the other has two separate entrances.”
In total, they needed 30 floors covered, including 64,000 square feet of glass. Because the buildings were filled with commercial tenants, First National needed the work done with as little business disruption as possible.
Embarking on a New Mission for Efficiency
To find the most sustainable option, First National Bank dedicated 6 months to investigating possible solutions, including glass replacement and window film.
“Through our research [of 8-10 products], we discovered that some solar film was scientifically proven to be carbon negative and would remove the load on our buildings’ mechanical systems by mitigating [heat-causing] solar gain,” explained Malik, who was part of the discovery team.
Solar film, installed on the inside of a window, reflects sunlight to reduce glare, heat, UV, and other damaging rays from entering a building.
Blazing a New Path in the Community
After sending out RFPs, analyzing bids, and attending multiple vendor presentations, First National chose NGS Films and Graphics because they could meet a strict timeline and avoid business disruption for building tenants. The bank also appreciated that NGS had relationships with smaller contractors across the country.
“With NGS, we liked that we could subcontract some of the work to a local Omaha installer and develop a long-term business relationship in the community,” Malik said.
Covering New Ground – Several Stories Up
For a project of this magnitude in a commercial building, logistics is a major concern, yet NGS ensured a timely, unobtrusive process by focusing on pre-planning.
Two weeks before the installation, NGS toured each building and created a detailed schedule showing, floor by floor and building by building, exactly how the job would be done.
They followed the plan perfectly.
“The installation was seamless. [NGS Films and Graphics] did a great job. The supervisor over the job was here throughout the 4-week installation and also provided touch points along the way for engineers and property managers to have facetime. There was plenty of communication along the way,” Malik enthused.
“They covered 30 floors of corporate space in 4 weeks without any business disruption. There weren’t any hiccups at all,” Malik continued. “You wouldn’t have even known they weren’t here in Omaha, based on their responsiveness and what they said they were going to do.”
Though there’s no data yet to prove that spend and utilities consumption met expectations, Malik says it has definitely relieved the load on each building’s mechanical systems. “We’re still waiting on our spend and consumption figures, but there’s a really good chance we’ll exceed expectations,” he said.