here for a representation of a high performance
building in the Menomonee Valley.
The goal of the Menomonee Valley Sustainable Design Guidelines
is to help redevelopment projects contribute to the vision of a
sustainable Menomonee River Valley, and enhance the value of the
Valley to the Milwaukee community. Specifically, the Guidelines
are intended to:
- Simplify and demystify sustainable design throughout the redevelopment
process, in part by sharing lessons learned from other projects;
- Provide a predictable climate for future investment;
- Help Valley businesses stay competitive by improving the performance
of their facilities;
- Improve the aesthetic quality and environmental performance
of the Valley;
- Expedite the municipal and state permitting/approval process.
Recommendations in the Guidelines have been evaluated for their
benefits, practicality, and cost-effectiveness. Tips and benefits
are highlighted and the Guidelines provide links to other standards
or resources that can help guide the decision-making process. To
print the entire guidelines, click
here to download the .pdf.
A broad collection of professionals has been engaged in the development
of the Guidelines and the overall Menomonee Valley redevelopment
effort; these professionals represent a large body of knowledge
and expertise. Menomonee Valley Partners is available to provide
assistance in understanding and clarifying the substance and intent
of the Guidelines, and can put you in touch with experts in the
appropriate fields and disciplines addressed by the Guidelines.
The performance goals contained in the Guidelines are expressed
wherever possible in terms of meeting or exceeding current industry
or regulatory standards. Adherence to the City of Milwaukee Code
of Ordinances, State Building Code, the Menomonee Valley Land Use
Plan and other regulatory requirements is implied herein. A list
of permit issues and information can be found at: http://www.mkedcd.org/build/dcTopics.html
U.S. Green Building Council and the LEED™ Green Building
Many of the strategies in the Valley Guidelines may also earn credits
under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED™ Green
Building Rating System.
LEED™ is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard
for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED™
strives to improve the environmental and economic performance of
commercial buildings using established and/or advanced industry
principles, practices, materials and standards.
It is important to recognize that even a moderate incorporation
of sustainable design elements, and achieving a basic LEED™
certification, will generate a wide range of benefits for the facility
owner, including increased property value, improved facility performance
and operational cost savings, international corporate recognition
and marketing benefits.
Appendix 1 to the Guidelines
includes additional background and guidance on using the LEED™
Key Lessons From Past Projects:
- Identify sustainability objectives as early as possible in the
design process and maintain those objectives through initial occupancy
and over the life of the building.
- Include all members of the planning & design team, and
key internal management throughout process.
- Collaborate closely with applicable regulatory agencies; their
staff can give you guidance to prevent costly mistakes.
According to Corporate Environmental Strategy (2000), Over the
thirty year life of a building, an owner generally spends nine times
as much to build a facility than to design it, three times as much
to operate and maintain it than to design and build it, and 460
times as much to pay the people that work in it than was spent on
the design of the facility.
30-Year Facility Costs
Operations & Maintenance
excited about the future growth of our company, which will be fueled
by the investments we have made in our Menomonee Valley facility.
Careful planning and the use of sustainable design elements have
had a positive impact on our work environment and will improve employee
productivity. At the same time, our development is contributing
to a cleaner, healthier Menomonee Valley. These benefits will continue
to add value to our organization for years to come."
- Kenneth Kaszubowski, P.E. - Principal, The Sigma Group