Sustainability Initiatives at Westroads Mall

When Flagship Commons, the first food hall in Omaha opened at Westroads Mall, the former traditional food court was a prime candidate for adaptive reuse. Rather than demolish the existing structure, GGP transformed the former food court into a single-occupant space for The Container Store, including an anchor court served by new restrooms and a new exterior entrance created by converting an emergency exit. The existing structure was kept in place including the skylight structural components. The skylight itself was removed and in-filled with new energy efficient roof insulation and a new cool roof membrane. Existing air handling units were removed and replaced with a more efficient system, all while continuing to utilize the center’s central plant for the heating and cooling components. Low or Zero VOC products were used whenever possible, including the fluid-applied air barrier, sealants and paint finishes. During the renovation of the building, the team recycled 37 tons of metal and 10 tons of concrete.