Downtown Master Plan
On the western banks of the Missouri River, downtown Omaha has been on an upward path for several years but lacked a comprehensive and updated master plan to provide a framework for future development of its downtown area. Using a market assessment and visioning approach, HDR completed the first downtown master plan for Omaha in more than 35 years. From the outset, HDR incorporated multiples avenues for public involvement in the plan, recognizing that a transparent and inclusive process was essential for project success.
The plan encompasses a central business district, surrounding arts and entertainment districts and residential areas. Working on an accelerated schedule, HDR gathered input from hundreds of Omaha residents during a visioning workshop and developed a plan based on ten guiding principles developed at this workshop and a subsequent design charrette. The plan laid out development of ten districts, each with a distinct personality, but all tied together with a similar urban feel, community gathering spaces, and multi-modal transportation elements. The plan also outlined preliminary catalyst projects and on-going implementation measures to ensure success.
- 2011- Merit Award, American Council of Engineering Companies/Nebraska Chapter