Nebraska officials have released details about a 20-year development plan for the area surrounding the state Capitol, which calls for the construction of a new facility for the state Supreme Court.
Architectural, real estate and engineering consultants recently shared their vision for a Capitol campus after working with the state's Department of Administrative Services and the city of Lincoln for nearly two years, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. The proposed development plan aims to consolidate space, bring agencies together and provide a more attractive workplace to improve recruitment.
"For the state to compete with private-sector jobs, amenities such as a fitness center with shower facilities, dining options, day care and wellness areas are all complementary additions to office space ...," the consultants said.
In addition to a new Justice Center for the state's Supreme Court, consultants also recommended buildings or additions to house a Department of Health and Human Services consumer office and a Revenue and Economic Development Center. The plan includes a location for high-traffic public agencies, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, state treasurer, child support and an unclaimed property department.
The plan would be completed in phases. Consultants proposed long-term projects, such as renovation or new construction near the Pershing Center.
Construction of new buildings is the most cost-effective approach for the state in the long run because of increasing lease rates and demand for premium office space in downtown Lincoln, according to consultants from companies DLR Group, WRT, Berggren Architects, NAI/FMA Realty and Olsson Associates.
The 20-year plan outlines benefits totaling a cost savings of about $11 million, or $550,000 annually. The savings come from reducing average office space per employee and decreasing future space and leased space needs.