Green Buildings Case Studies

Nevada Discovery Museum

490 S Center Street
Reno, NV 89501

775.786.1000 (p)
Paul Hauser (contact)

Architect: Haizlip and Hershenow+Klippenstein Architects
Building Size: 66,718 sq. ft.
Project Budget: $20 million
Opening Date: Fall 2010/Spring 2011

About NDM’s Sustainable Expansion Project:
The Nevada Discovery Museum is “recycling” the old Reno City Hall building and renovating it to house a world-class, hands-on discovery museum for children.  The 66,718 sq. ft. building, built in 1965, has passed all structural tests will now boast a 30KV solar power system on the roof which will alleviate the need for approximately 3,000 gallons of oil over the next 30 years.  Located within walking distance of seven Title I schools, the museum’s 18,000 sq. ft. of gallery space will provide educational programming that will allow children to experience, hands-on, a wide variety of subject areas including green building technologies and water conservation practices among others.

The Museum's Decision to Go Green:
Our facility goal is to reduce solid waste disposal and promote recycling.  Become energy and water efficient.  Purchase products that are less harmful to human health and the environment.  Minimize pollution contributions to the environment.  Help improve indoor air quality.  Educate our customers, employees and the general public about green practices

Project's Proposed Distinguishing Features:

  • 30 KVA solar roof top system: donated by Black Rock, LLC-power usage from this system will be displayed in the Build It exhibit.
  • New energy saving roof: donated by Snow Foundation-20 year PVC roof with estimated annual cooling energy savings of $1,800.  Added benefit of improving efficiency of solar panels.
  • HVAC energy management syste: Will provide a higher level of control for energy savings and occupant comfort.
  • Hot Water solar collector: estimated annual saving of $750.
  • Lighting Management System
  • Recycle Collecting Bins: Recycle glass, plastic, metal and paper goods.
  • Bike Racks and change rooms: Encourage reduced pollution and development impact from automobile use.
  • Drip less irrigation system: Reduce water usage and water costs.

Green products used:

  • Low VOC paints-to reduce indoor air contaminants
  • Green Carpet-created from recycled waste materials
  • Low flow toilet fixtures- Reduce water usage and water costs.
  • Solar tubs- Included as part of exhibit to teach children about natural solar gain
  • Small wind turbine- Also displayed as part of an exhibit to teach children about energy gain