From Aging Area to Vibrant Hub: Designing Midtown Crossing

Today, Omaha, Nebraska's Midtown Crossing is a thriving, pedestrian-friendly urban destination. But a little more than a decade ago, the area was home to tired buildings and quiet parking lots.

Nielsen-Baumert, an Omaha-based engineering firm acquired by Olsson in 2023, provided structural engineering services for Midtown Crossing. Our team helped design the development with safety, efficiency, and sustainability in mind.

The development offers about 500 condominiums and apartments, more than 30 shops and restaurants, and parking for 3,000 vehicles. The area includes Turner Park, a 7.5-acre public green space where residents and visitors can enjoy concerts, festivals, ice-skating and community events.

Midtown Crossing includes seven structures, primarily constructed using cast-in-place concrete. Above-grade levels feature post-tensioned concrete flat plates, while conventional concrete framing supports below-grade levels. Steel framing was incorporated into two structures to maximize efficiency and meet the construction schedule.

Our team also designed a 2-level, below-grade parking structure. The underground parking garage enables seamless connection between buildings and maximizes parking stalls for residents.

Midtown Crossing has earned recognition for its sustainability and architectural excellence. Since its completion in 2010, it has received several Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) awards and an Award of Excellence from the Nebraska chapter of the American Concrete Institute.

Steve Nass
Lead Engineer
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