Building of the Kiewit Luminarium in Omaha begins. Here is what awaits you on the $ 101 million Science Museum: Nebraska Information
The renders by Omaha architecture firm HDR show a sizable glass-like structure in Lewis & Clark Landing’s urban park overlooking downtown, the Missouri River and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.
$ 101 million riverside science museum in Omaha
The museum is located in the area of the long-defunct Rick’s Cafe Boatyard restaurant. It is north of Interstate 480, east of the CHI Health Center arena, and south of the Midwest National Park Service headquarters and Kerrey Bridge.
The planned location of the Kiewit Luminarium at Lewis & Clark Landing, shown in August.
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The center compliments the ongoing $ 300 million revitalization of downtown and riverside parks, of which $ 250 million is funded by private donors. The museum brings the total value of the riverside facelift to over $ 400 million, with nearly 90% of that US dollar coming from the private sector.
All money for the center will be raised by Heritage Services, the influential philanthropy organization that has supported numerous large community projects in Omaha over the past three decades.
When the project was announced last summer, it was known that Kiewit would be part of the name of the new science center. The Omaha-based construction company, which is building major projects around the world, is donating “a lot” to the Kiewit Luminarium, said Rachel Jacobson, president of Heritage Services.
In addition, numerous Kiewit executives and several charitable foundations with Kiewit connections are making substantial donations to the project, including the Peter Kiewit Foundation of Omaha, the family foundation of former Kiewit chairman Walter Scott Jr., and the family foundation of current Kiewit chairman Bruce Grewcock .