31 October 2009

Latest Versions of Buildings Hazardous for Migratory Birds?

Designs for buildings to be constructed or pending construction that have been recently presented indicate ongoing plans for structures that will be hazardous to migratory birds in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.

This is a gallery of the buildings. The renderings readily convey the hazards which commonly cause bird strikes, which in most cases result in the death of the bird!

This building is for the offices of the DLR Architectural firm. The local press publishing an article proclaiming it would be a "green structure" based on the LEED criteria, which, however, does not consider "bird-safe" features. There was no reply received when an inquiry was sent to the company, asking about how the structure would be bird safe.

Perhaps, they are boast about attaining one supposed goal, while ignoring how their place will probably lead to bird deaths.

There is the acclaimed proverb: "Ignorance is bliss," and perhaps this would apply in this instance, and others as presented here.

Notice the extensive use of glass on the north facade, in association with the prominent landscaping.

An unidentifiable carcass of a bird was noted in latter October at the adjacent building, so it is obvious that bird-strikes occur in this vicinity.

In Lincoln, there is a corporate structure also touted for being green, according to press in the local newspaper. Once again, this supposed accolade does not include making the place safe for migratory birds.

This rendering shows the typical, modern and deadly combination of glass and landscaping.

Another new structure is to be built at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. It is an eye institute for people. Once again, note how the design architects do not have any eye for designing a building which will not be a hazard for birds.

This is another rendering that indicates how architects design buildings without any regard for the environment, except that it meets the "holy-grail" of the LEED criteria, which is a biased perspective on what is truly green.

Their ignorance is a sad statement about their efforts for green design, and the buildings they get built are nothing but hazards for birds!

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln continues to erect buildings with readily apparent hazards to birds. The campus of this university is readily known as a deadly place with hundreds of known bird strikes. Campus officials know about the casualties, but their response is nothing short of tepid.

These pictures show what will get placed on the pending "Innovation Campus" on the north end of the current campus, at the former fairgrounds.

There is no innovation apparent in these building designs! More birds will be casualties at the glass structures to be erected. The project manager for this development is the same as for Aksarben Village, where the new buildings were projected as being deleterious for birds, which has been confirmed this autumn.

The newest addition to the "wall of structures" along the riverfront and just to the west at Omaha is a second condominium that will be perched adjacent to the channel of the Missouri River. Another Riverfront Condominium is being built, with the groundbreaking on October 30, 2009.

There is the usual combination of glass, landscaping and location which will be hazardous for birds. The Missouri River is a major corridor for migratory birds, though this fact is basically unknown or ignored by building designers that continue to get buildings with hazards built.

Officials are estatic about the new building, as their are ignorant of how the new buildings continue to impact avifauna.

The mayor of Omaha, Jim Suttle, upon the ground-breaking for the Riverfront condos, proclaimed his "glee" to have another big tower be built and more cranes obvious on the skyline. His comments also stated how there should be more building construction, including how he would like to see the Wallstreet Tower building built in downtown.

The latter building, based on obvious features shown in architectural renderings, will be the Wallstreet Tower of glass. Based on its location just south of the "history park" created by the First National Bank, there will be a multitude of bird strikes since the 33 story building will have an entirely glass exterior.

It is readily obvious that architects are wrapped up in a short-sighted view without any regard to how their "monstrosities" are killing birds!

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