HDR Global Headquarters

HDR Global Headquarters Main Lobby

HDR Global Headquarters

Workplace Destination Energizes Mixed-Use Community 

HDR recently designed its new corporate headquarters in the Aksarben Village mixed-use development. Partnering with owner Noddle Companies, the 10-story multi-use building features a modern façade composed of a palette of clean, elegant materials.

The building’s unique form is chamfered at the corners to maximize square footage on upper floors while opening walkable space on the ground level to activate engagement with the surrounding neighborhood. Rather than having “front” and “back” sides, space that would have typically been used for a loading dock was reimagined as a retail alley that is home to stores, restaurants and a food hall called The Inner Rail.

HDR Headquarters Site
Chamfered form activates the site and encourages pedestrian movement.

The interior of the building, including wayfinding and environmental graphics, continues a contemporary design aesthetic. By elevating simple materials, designers created a succinct visual experience. Each of the eight office floors features collaboration areas, amenities, work stations and offices that are flexible, expandable and have access to daylight. To improve synergies between groups, pairs of floors are connected by an open and centrally located stairwell. An artistic installation off each elevator bay features routed acrylic panels of sophisticated iconography that represent the markets HDR serves.

HDR Headquarters Views
Cutouts were created to promote interaction and interface with the surrounding area.

Awarded a LEED New Construction v4 Gold-level rating, design strategies adopted by the team included:

  • Chilled beam system for increased energy reduction, improved comfort, decreased floor-to-floor height, fewer air handling units, and less shaft space
  • High performance envelope featuring a 44% window-to-wall ratio 
  • Light occupancy sensors and daylight controls that help achieve a calculated lighting power density of 0.6 watts per square foot or lower
  • Documented Environmental Product Declarations for 41 different installed products, with 25% of materials sustainably sourced

These resulted in the building achieving: a 68% Energy Use Intensity reduction compared to the regional average; a 31% indoor water use reduction; an 87% irrigation reduction; and Lighting Power Density that is 38% better than code. Additionally, over 67 tons of steel was saved by constructing the building using SidePlate® steel connections, a first in Nebraska.

The building has also earned a three-star rating from Fitwel the highest rating possible for this certification that optimizes buildings to support occupant health.

HDR Global Headquarters Main Lobby
Noddle Companies

Omaha, NE
United States

245,000 sf (22,800 m²)


Platinum Level Award (2021)
Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Awards
Center for Health Design
Honor Award (2020)
Engineering Excellence Awards
American Council of Engineering Companies
Award of Merit (2020)
Innovative Design, New Construction Category, Community Leadership Awards
U.S. Green Building Council West North Central Region
Award of Merit (2020)
Office/Retail/Mixed Use Category
Engineering News-Record Midwest
Winner (2020)
Interior Design Excellence Awards
International Interior Design Association, Great Plains Chapter
Grand Award (2020)
Engineering Excellence Awards
American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska
Silver Award in Environmental Graphics (2019)
Creativity International Awards
Award of Outstanding Achievement (2019)
American Concrete Institute, Nebraska Chapter
Inhouse Design Award for Environmental Graphics (2019)
Graphic Design USA
Build Nebraska Honorable Mention Award (2019)
Projects Greater than $50 Million
Associated General Contractors, Nebraska Building Chapter