Saddlebrook Joint-Use Facility: Joint-Use Success... Year One!
The Saddlebrook Joint-Use Facility is a collaboration between the Omaha Public Schools, Omaha Public Library and City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department to create a community-based, public-use facility that embodies the philosophy of life-long learning and fitness.
Much time was spent gathering input from community members with surveys and public meetings before the design process began. This community-based design process was meant to insure reflection of their unique insight and needs. The resulting project is a true partner for the adjoining neighborhood and park.
Why Joint Use?
Many benefits of joint use are tied to the economics of shared space and resources, but extend far beyond.
This one-stop facility allows for greater efficiency in time and travel; it is convenient for a parent to visit the community center after dropping a child off at school or for a family to visit the library before an afternoon at the community center.
Saddlebrook teaches students and visitors in the best way possible, by example. It is a working lab of environmental sustainability. A partial green roof and rain gardens filter unnatural debris from rainwater, reducing the content and delaying its entry into the adjacent natural resources. Students and visitors can observe these elements in action with monitoring systems in the library and community center, educating on the impact of sustainable design.
The entry Commons is a welcoming space, much like a residential front porch. Besides providing immediate orientation, it can host gatherings, performances, art and other displays. It is a unifying element that supports the cooperative and integrated services within this landmark facility.
- Location: 14850 Laurel Avenue, Omaha, NE
- Size: 111,000 square feet
- Completion: Fall 2009
- Distinctive elements of this project:
- 21,000 square feet of green roof
- Joint venture between three distinct entities
- Extensive community input