Olsson Corporate Headquarters

Lincoln, Nebraska

The unique design and warm modern interior of Olsson’s corporate headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska’s historic Haymarket District creates an exciting and thriving work environment for our employees.

Our engineering firm had outgrown its previous space and so we embarked on the $16.8 million, 82,000 square-foot office and retail complex project that included our new corporate headquarters.

We played an integral role in the creation of the West Haymarket – a redevelopment project consisting of 400 acres of blighted and underused land west of the Haymarket Business District.

Our involvement in the project included the Olsson Building, which was the first office complex to open in the West Haymarket.

We provided a complete suite of civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and geotechnical engineering; land surveying; and construction administration services for the project. Highlights included the following:    

  • Mechanical/Electrical Design: Several energy efficient and sustainable technologies were implemented in the building to enhance the environment for our employees. Dimmable LED lighting along with daylight harvesting and occupancy/vacancy sensors lower energy costs and create a visually comfortable environment. High efficiency heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems controlled by a building automation system maintain a comfortable and healthy environment.
  • Structural Engineering: Unique structural elements of this four-story, 500-ton steel and composite concrete building include a 68-foot clear spanning transfer truss that eliminated two building columns at the ground level, and an exterior rooftop paver patio requiring a recessed structure through 30 percent of the third-floor plan. We also used centrally located cast-in-place reinforced concrete elevator shaft walls for 100 percent of the lateral load resistance, which required extensive load collectors and struts.
  • Geotechnical Engineering: Soil samples were procured and analyzed as far down as 105 feet below ground. Based on the findings, we recommended using auger cast-in-place piles for a deep foundation to support the load of the building. We observed the entire deep foundation installation process and tested the cement grout mix used to pump into the auger for the piles. Throughout construction, all soil and concrete testing and structural steel inspections were done in-house.

Olsson’s corporate headquarters was a major step in the development of the firm and the West Haymarket District.

The project won the Significant Private Development Award in the Downtown Impact Awards Category from the Downtown Lincoln Association.

Project Awards

Significant Private Development Award in the Downtown Impact Awards Category from the Downtown Lincoln Association


Lori Cerveny

Lincoln, Nebraska


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