OMAHA, NEB. — Mutual of Omaha has broken ground on a 44-story office tower that will act as the company’s headquarters in downtown Omaha. At 677 feet, the building will rise 43 feet above the city’s current tallest building, First National Bank Tower.
The 800,000-square-foot development will include a street-level lobby with conference space and an “experience center” spotlighting the company’s history, brand and impact on customers and the community; a sky lobby, welcoming associates from the planned 2,200-stall parking structure; food and wellness services, a fitness center and flexible meeting spaces on the 16th through 20th floors; and conference facilities with a two-story atrium on the 44th floor.
Despite the skyscraper’s record-breaking height, the building will be less than half the square footage of the company’s current 1.7 million-square-foot headquarters in Omaha’s Midtown neighborhood. This shift in design is to support flexible work arrangements, including in-person, remote and hybrid models.
“As a customer-focused company, we worked closely with our design team to create a headquarters that is appropriately sized, adaptable to ways of working that may emerge in the future and able to serve our policyholders in an effective and efficient manner,” says CEO James Blackledge.
Mutual of Omaha’s existing campus will be redeveloped following the completion of the new tower, plans for which were not announced. “Continued development in Midtown is part of our vision for this project, and the redevelopment of our current home office is an important aspect of our plan,” says Blackledge.
Lanoha Real Estate Co. is developer on the project alongside a design team including HOK, Pickard Chilton, Kendall/Heaton Associates and Alvine Engineering. Mutual is also collaborating with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, the Omaha City Council and various City of Omaha departments on the project. A completion date for the project was not disclosed.
Founded in 1909, Mutual of Omaha offers a variety of insurance and financial services for individuals, businesses and groups throughout the U.S.