Olsson served as a key member of the development team providing a wide range of services to help bring together a comprehensive, multi-use redevelopment plan for a 60-acre campus in Lincoln, Nebraska owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The redevelopment includes new supportive housing for veterans.
The Victory Park Campus is being developed within the Lincoln Veterans Administration Hospital Historic District (Lincoln VA Hospital). This historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places at the statewide level for its significance during the period of 1930-1950. The hospital was originally built in 1929 as an inpatient acute care hospital and continues to serve over 15,000 veterans from Nebraska and western Iowa through outpatient care. The campus development includes the renovation and preservation of existing historic buildings.
In addition to serving as project facilitator on the Victory Park Campus, we prepared the master site development plan, provided infrastructure design and cost estimates, conducted a traffic study, assisted with the preparation and support of the Redevelopment Plan and Agreement with the City of Lincoln resulting in the approval of a $7 million tax incentive, assisted with the preparation of a programmatic agreement assuring development plan conformance with state and federal historic preservation standards, performed a Phase I Environmental Assessment, and conducted field surveys to determine existing topographic features.
We also provided design services for the 70-unit Veterans Affairs supportive housing building project on the campus including structural design for the building, mechanical design for plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and fire sprinkler systems, and electrical design for the power, lighting, data, telecommunications and fire alarm systems. The apartments are available to low-income and homeless veterans.
The building is the first of several projects planned. Once complete, the campus will include over 400 housing units designed for veterans and seniors, 80,000 square feet of medical office space, and 150,000 square feet of repurposed historic building space for offices and housing.
In September 2018, the VA announced that a new 85,000 s.f. community-based outpatient clinic will be built on the campus to replace the clinic currently operated in the old hospital. This state- of-the-art facility will house a wide range of physical and mental health services for veterans. Construction of the new clinic will begin in 2019. We are providing civil and geotechnical services for the new clinic.
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