Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Olsson Associates announced that it will move its corporate headquarters, home to more than 200 employees, to the West Haymarket. The building, previously announced as “Project Oscar,” will be located in the southwest corner of Canopy Street and P Street.
Olsson Associates will occupy the second and third floors of the four-story building. The first floor will be retail. Scott-Woodbury-Wiegert is the developer for the project.
Pending approval from the City Council, the building is anticipated to break ground in April and be complete by August 2014.
Olsson Associates was founded in Lincoln by John E. Olsson in 1956 and provides engineering consulting services. From humble beginnings of just a handful of employees, Olsson Associates has grown to employ nearly 700 nationwide, including 200 in its Lincoln office. The Lincoln office employs engineers, scientists, surveyors, administrative support personnel, and the firm’s corporate leadership and business operations staff members.
While the firm’s office space has moved around downtown Lincoln over the past 57 years, Olsson’s commitment to the city hasn’t wavered.
“The heart of our firm has always been in downtown Lincoln,” said Olsson President Brad Strittmatter. “We’re committed to the city and are especially proud of projects close to home that we have been intimately involved in, such as the Antelope Valley revitalization and the West Haymarket redevelopment.” Olsson provided transportation, land development, environmental, water resources, public infrastructure, field services, and survey services for both projects.
Being downtown has served as a pipeline for engineering students to begin their careers in Olsson’s Lincoln office or in one of the firm’s 23 regional offices across the United States. Currently, Olsson has 129 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) graduates working in various roles firmwide from engineering to business operations. In 2012, the firm employed 21 current UNL students.
“We are pleased to move into the West Haymarket and support the growth and development of this area,” Strittmatter said. “This is a vibrant area, attractive to the young professionals who work here and to those we hope to have join our firm as we grow.”
The Olsson move is receiving support from many in the community.
“We are thrilled to hear that Olsson is increasing its commitment to our great city through this investment into the West Haymarket area,” said Wendy Birdsall, president of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Partnership for Economic Development. “This is a company that has been part of the fabric of our community for over 50 years, and it is important to our long-term prosperity that they continue to be able to grow and be successful in Lincoln. I want to congratulate the Olsson team for their continued success and thank them for what will be a landmark investment.”
Gene Carroll, a member of the Lincoln City Council and member of the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency, said, “I am pleased that Olsson Associates is continuing their long-standing corporate presence in the community by locating their new headquarters in the West Haymarket Redevelopment Project area. I view this building and the office use as a good addition to the area. I feel it will complement the other projects in the area while continuing to grow the tax base in Lincoln.”
Carl Eskridge, Lincoln City Council, said, “I am very supportive of the decision of Olsson Associates to extend their long-standing and important presence in Lincoln by locating their new corporate headquarters in the exciting new West Haymarket district. The vision for the West Haymarket has always included a combination of uses: housing, retail, offices, as well as exciting entertainment venues. Certainly the daily presence of Olsson's staff will be good for business in the Haymarket. The significant private sector investments of Olsson Associates and others in the West Haymarket have validated the public investment made by the City of Lincoln by growing the tax base of our community. It is a great privilege to serve a city that is on the move.”