This project consists of a new 19-story headquarters building for the Union Pacific Railroad Company. The building is approximately 1.1 million square feet, and includes a data processing facility, a TV studio, training center, fitness facility, cafeteria, and other self-sustained specialty amenities. One of the project's special features is a large central atrium that extends through the building to provide natural light into the core of the building and visually connects the Union Pacific associates. The project is designed to make every effort to foster a sense of community among the occupants, and create a highly productive work environment.
The Project was built on a site bounded by Dodge Street, 14th Street, Douglas Street and 15th Street in the City of Omaha. The City constructed a tunnel under Dodge Street connecting the Project to a new city parking garage and the existing Union Pacific Headquarters Building.
The Project is designed to house most of Union Pacific’s office functions well into the future and therefore is being developed as an efficient, flexible, technology facility with a functional image. It employs a state-of-the-art raised floor/under floor air system for ventilation. Ten feet clear ceiling height is provided on the typical office floors to maximize future flexibility, enhance the openness and increase natural light within the workplace.
From the outset, we recognized the schedule challenges would determine the success of the project. We began with an aggressive, fast-track approach to the structure. The goal was to erect the structure and complete the concrete work working through only one winter. Using special concrete blends and working multiple shifts, we were able to meet our deadline, significantly increasing the time available for the interior construction. We utilized this additional time in the plaster ceiling installation of the 19 story atrium. The most efficient method to perform the work was to scaffold the entire 19 stories and create a platform to work from. This created delays in installing the atrium floor and prevented us from completing the atrium glass system due to the structural supports. The plan to fast track the building structure and create sufficient time to complete the critical atrium finishes succeeded in reducing cost and increasing quality.
Holder was named Recycling Partner of the Year in 2002 by the Nebraska Recycling Council for our recycling achievements on this project.