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The Hotel Flatiron building, a Nationally Registered Historic Place, is located at the convergence of Howard Street and St. Mary’s Avenue in Omaha, Nebraska. Built in 1912, this iconic building has been many things: a bustling hotel, a busy office space, and a mobster hotspot in the ’20s and ’30s.
In the spring of 2015, Dicon historically renovated the building and converted the upper three floors of the nearly 40,000 square feet into 30 luxury apartments. The transformation included a beautiful lobby and fully furnished atrium, spacious storage area along with a dog wash station in the basement, and a beautifully landscaped park area. The Hotel Flatiron was listed on the National Register of Historic Places which qualified the project for historic tax credits. To keep the historic integrity of the building, many features of the building were restored to its original appearance such as the lobby spiral staircase and exposed brick throughout to bring it back to its original look as a hotel.
The Barker Building, in the heart of Omaha’s downtown area, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. This seven-story building is comprised of 48 total living units on top of three retail tenants on the ground level.
The Barker Building renovation retained its original Neo-Gothic style of 1929. The marble in the lobby was restored along with plaster duplicates of the marble within the walls and the detailed ceiling decals. The terrazzo floors and travertine walls of the hallways and historic shoe store were restored. 8,500 square feet were added to the building exposing original exterior brick in some units.
The Limelight is a 5-story apartment building in downtown Omaha, Nebraska at 16th and Harney. The first two concrete stories, from the original Lerner Building, were renovated into three retail units on the ground floor with luxurious apartments on the second floor. The remaining three stories were built, wooden framed – with a concrete base, atop of the old Lerner Building. The three-story addition was also made into high-end apartments.
The Lakeview Apartments project is located at 72nd & Q Street. This project consisted of six apartment buildings on grade, two apartment buildings with underground parking garages, nine sets of detached garages and a clubhouse. The buildings provide the community with an additional 276 living units.
Located in downtown Omaha, the site is a corner lot which creates two prominent elevations with the primary entry off Leavenworth Street. The lower level contains a parking garage with secured access off 14th Street. The layer of the upper three levels is an L-shaped configuration which creates an opportunity for a roof deck with access off the second level for residents and guests. Additional decks are included above the front entry on levels two, three, and four. The building is designed to follow the City of Omaha’s Design Guidelines for an “Area of Civic Importance” (ACI) designation.
“What a special honor it is to be a recipient of a 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award for your L14 Flats project from Downtown Omaha, Inc. Such an award reflects the innovation, enthusiasm, and dedication of your business to the City of Omaha. This certainly is a well deserved honor. Thank you for all that you’ve done from a business standpoint and from a community standpoint. Your contributions to our community truly make Omaha great.”
-Jim Suttle, Mayor – City of Omaha
CO2 Omaha is a LEED certified, 35,700 square foot, four-story, nine-unit apartment building with underground parking. The first floor of the building also includes Echo Coffee Shop (open to the public) and a community room. There are five-one bedroom and three-two bedroom apartments in addition to the penthouse which occupies the entire 4th floor.
Dicon renovated Gahm Block at 1202 Howard in Omaha, Nebraska into fifteen upscale apartments. Ranging from 721 square feet to 1624 square feet, the units are located on the five floors above Wheatfields restaurant. The Gahm Block has a place on the National Register of Historic Places which qualified the project for tax credits to help fund renovations. It was in the interest of the owner to maintain the historic integrity of the building.
“Re-developing a historical property is not for the weak of heart. That’s why it is so important to have a construction partner who has proven experience. No matter how well you plan and design, there are always surprises. You need construction professionals who are problem solvers on the fly. We found that in Dicon and their team. The rebirth of the Gahm Block building has been a challenge to balance historical preservation with fiscal responsibility and economic reality. Dicon has helped us meet that challenge.”
– Glenn Friendt, Gahm Block, LLC
Dicon was awarded, through the hard bid process, a great opportunity to work with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to create a student housing project that involved the construction of two student dormitories and apartment buildings. Each building is a wood frame with brick veneer and contains 30 units each. This project was located within the UNMC campus and required that we provide a safe environment for student/faculty traffic. This project was completed on schedule.