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Dicon provided Design Assistance and General Contracting services for the renovation of the Freiden Building in Downtown Omaha’s Historic Flatiron District. Originally constructed in 1923, renovations returned the building to its original mixed-use with two commercial bays on the first floor and micro-studio and one-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors. The original demising walls were maintained throughout the apartments while kitchens and restrooms were reconfigured to maximize open space in each unit. All original masonry was restored and the original windows were replaced. The building’s roof, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems were also replaced. Units include custom built-in storage and murphy bed systems.
This two-story industrial building in North Downtown Omaha was originally constructed in 1916. Renovations throughout 2017 and 2018 converted the space into a luxury single-family condominium containing three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a residential elevator, garage, rooftop patio, and generous living, office, and kitchen spaces. The original brick structure was completely restored and the entire mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems were upgraded to align with current code requirements. A structural steel grid was added to support the addition of a second floor and a custom fabricated staircase spans from the basement to the top floor. Existing windows were replaced and upgraded and two skylights were added to improve natural lighting throughout the entire space. Lastly, a large section of the north-facing exterior brick wall was demolished and replaced with windows and a custom metal enclosure for a street front patio.
This project consisted of the renovation of an existing warehouse and addition of a new warehouse and cold storage. The existing 20,000 SF warehouse was renovated to be able to install a high speed and high volume automated storage and pick system. Due to the high volume and racking system, new fire sprinkler lines with high water output was installed in addition to modifications to the cooling and lighting systems.
The 10,000 square foot addition of the warehouse and cold storage consisted of loading dock doors as well as a ramp for smaller vans and trucks for easy loading. Construction was structural steel framing, bar joists, TPO roofing with Insulated Metal Panels for the exterior walls.
Opened January 2018, this renovated three-story Victorian-era Boss Hotel was built in 1890 in Atlantic, Iowa. With a need for housing, especially convenient to downtown and shopping, this building was renovated into sixteen one-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors, with commercial office space and a restaurant on the ground level. Renovations began in early 2017 and completed by the end of the year.
Dicon began working on this 6,135 square foot project in December 2016 and completed it February 2017. This restaurant is located in the newest up and coming Blackstone District, where we have been a part of many other projects.
The Dundee Bank has opened its newest bank branch in the Blackstone District in the building that was originally built as the National Refining Company in 1930 as a new service station by White Rose Oil Company. It then became longtime home to McFoster’s Natural Kind Café, who closed their doors in 2014. The idea was to bring the old building back to life.
We worked with The Architectural Offices in bringing back the original façade of the building to its days as a gas station. The structure mimics the garage doors that were in place on both sides of the main office. Three of the exterior light fixtures were fabricated to match one of the original light fixtures that remains.
The drywall on the interior was taken down to reveal the covered original tile wall, and featured in the lobby is the original quarry tile floor that was cleaned up and restored back to life. A modern canopy drive-up window separate from the main building was added, along with the installation of a new HVAC system.
The Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Bellevue consists of 122 guest rooms distributed throughout four stories. The hotel includes an indoor swimming pool, spa and a large meeting room. We began construction in April 2015 and finished the project in June 2016.
The new home to NP Dodge headquarters, title and insurance services was a project that consisted of demolition and improvement to the interior of the four story office building, originally built in 1980. All systems and interior walls were removed with the exception of electrical service and elevator, which were left in place. In addition to the interior improvement, Dicon also completed exterior building upgrades including the removal and replacement of all windows and glazing systems, new signage and landscaping.
This project consisted of only eight working days, around the clock until completion. This office building is a 2-story, 14,000 square foot office, which called for the removal of built-in offices and cubicles, removal of hallway walls, framing of new walls and bulkheads, relocation of cable suspended lighting, installation of new floor and electrical and data boxes on each floor, modification and relocation of existing HVAC system, repair of acoustical tile ceilings, removal and replacement of all carpet, new paint and installation of new workstations for all engineers.
“You and your team did an excellent job getting us operational in just over a week.”
– President & CEO, Schnackel Engineers, Inc.
“It was completed on time, under budget and to our utmost satisfaction. It was a seemingly impossible timeline, however Dicon was able to complete it with quality throughout. Their greatest deliverable was peace of mind. I believe that the Dicon Corporation exhibits all of the qualities that are essential to providing terrific client service.”
– Melvin Smeall, Vice President of Operations
Mercury Bar fills about 2,300 square feet of commercial space on the ground level of the Limelight Urban Apartment Lofts at 16th & Harney streets. This corner bar specializes in cocktails, wine, and late night foods.
Dicon Corporation served as the general contractor for the renovation project of this new restaurant, Baela Rose in Omaha, Nebraska. Named after Chef Kyle Anderson and his wife Rose’s daughter, the Baela Rose restaurant features upscale, contemporary cuisine that focuses on classic techniques with local ingredients.
This project included the demolition of the building front to restore its old appearance to reveal windows to bring in natural lighting and a view of bustling Underwood Avenue in charming Dundee. Uncovering the original beams and exposed brick brings out the history and added charm to the contemporary dining space.
The Little Minds Learning Center was a new construction project of a one-story 7,700 square feet, steel and wood frame building including seven classrooms, nine restrooms, and a kitchen; along with a playground and parking lot. A storm shelter/safe room consists of 765 solid square feet designed to accommodate 100% occupancy of the facility. This project was completed ahead of schedule.
The Pre/Post Operation project at Faith Regional Health Services included a complete interior renovation of the existing wound care facility to create a pre/post operative care unit. This 5,000 square foot unit contains ten recovery rooms and a nurses station. Located in the center of the hospital, directly adjacent to the surgery wing, this project was completed without any interruption, hindrance, or disruption of any of the hospitals daily operations.
The 4,000 square foot Advanced Wound Center was a four month renovation. This project consisted of an extensive interior renovation; which transformed patient rooms, dating back to 1964, into a wound care clinic. This facility includes hyperbaric chambers, exam rooms, offices, a lounge, and waiting room. The Advanced Wound Center at Faith Regional Health Services offers physicians a valuable resource for patients with hard to treat wounds. This center works to manage the healing process from start to finish, ensuring patient compliance and enabling a consistent plan of care.
Scheduled, sequenced and phased over nine months to accommodate two other construction projects, Dicon expanded and renovated an existing rooftop mechanical penthouse, near the center of the facility. The HVAC systems served multiple critical areas of the hospital including surgery. An additional air handler and the replacement and upgrade of the original air handlers, new hydronic systems and ductwork were among the upgrades. Thorough coordination and planning kept the facility operational during all phases of construction.
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 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.
This project was completed in July of 2013 and was awarded a Gold Level LEED Certification. MEPS is a 20,000 square foot office building used for the admission and processing of new recruits for the armed forces. This station is one of the 65 located nationwide that assesses individuals for enlistment based on their aptitude for military service, physical qualifications and background evaluation screenings. Dicon built the building shell, then constructed the interior after the tenant finished their design.
MEPS Gold Level LEED Certification was achieved throughout the design and construction phases of the project by meeting the LEED requirements. These requirements entail: Site Sustainability, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design. LEED projects demand efficiency and environmental conservation from the very beginning by using a green construction process to create energy efficient buildings. Our LEED accredited staff had to be aware and knowledgeable of every prerequisite and requirement over the duration of the project, and carry out these goals with every action.
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.
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.
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
The building’s shell was constructed using structural steel and precast panels. The building has an elegant feel from the use of modern design, such as the large overhangs and clearstory, combined with contemporary building materials, like brick and stone. The combination of modern design and contemporary materials gives this building a subtle look that demands attention without being overdone. This project was completed on schedule and within budget.
Mojo’s is the first full service car wash built in Omaha in the last twenty years. Dicon worked closely with the owner on this new concept on a design build basis. The project has many unique features including an internet cafe, a Mojo foam gun for kids to help soap down cars, and full detailing services. Mojo’s Full Service Car Wash & Detail Center practices environmental conservation – build specifically to recycle 85% of the used water and utilizes biodegradable foam solutions. They are members of the International Car Wash Association and certified members of the prestigious WaterSavers program – the only car wash in Nebraska to hold his certification.
Cherry Berry is a self-serve frozen yogurt restaurant from Oklahoma that has expanded nationally. Dicon streamlined the expansion process for the five locations in Nebraska using a design build process. The coordination of design, with ASD Stanley J. How, included working with franchise design standards and applying them to a range of different tenant layouts. Dicon established a team of sub-contractors capable of building multiple locations simultaneously. The team worked together to achieve each scheduled opening date. Dicon and ASD Stanley J. How look forward to working with Cherry Berry on future store locations.
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.
The new Kwik Shop Convenient Store was built behind the original existing Kwik Shop while business was still in operation. It took great skill and coordination with the city, all Kwik Shop stores, along with vendors and suppliers to keep the operating Kwik Shop undisrupted.
This project included a complete renovation of all exterior facilities of both the school and church. Work included new parking lots, all new lighting, replacement of all exterior storm work and site paving, as well as refurbishment of exterior bell tower and exterior of the church.
This project was a total demolition and remodel, including HVAC ductwork, fire sprinkler, and lighting. Work was performed in the design/build format and came in under budget.
“We worked with Dicon Corporation on the build-out of our new space at 450 Regency Parkway in early 2011. However, our experience began nearly a year earlier when we first mentioned that we felt growth in our business would lead to the need for additional space. Dan Witt met with myself and my partners several times and introduced us to an architectural firm that could also assist with determining our needs. Because of his persistence to do this ahead of time, we had a very good understanding of what we needed in a new space and saved a considerable amount of time in our search. This effort was done without any agreement or promise to move forward with our project or to even use Dicon. With any remodel there is some level of unpredictability to the process, which may result in timing issues and change orders. Dicon worked through these situations with us and helped keep any additional cost or additional time to a minimum. At the end of the day, we had a space we loved and had solid relationships with those who helped build the space. We would recommend Dicon’s services to anyone looking for assistance in their future space plans.”
-Jason Tonjes, Bland & Associates
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
The long time vacant building was built between 1911 and 1912. The Board of Certification received tax increments because of the historic preservation work that Dicon performed. The exterior was completely restored to preserve the original historic details of the building. On the interior, office space was added the the second floor along with the installation of skylights, a 3-stop elevator, and new stairwells. A loft was constructed and rooftop deck added. Dicon was able to save the original maple hardwood floors and refinish the exposed brick interior. Dicon was able to work with the architect to value engineer the project to meet the client’s budget.
“The building is over 100 years old, there were challenges along the way, but the historic renovation expertise that Dicon provided was invaluable and allowed us to restore and preserve as much of the original detail as possible. We feel they are extremely competent in historical classifications and retentions. We found Dicon to be very professional and proficient in the management of the project and responsive to any questions or changes we had. The level of service and attention to detail, both during and after the construction period, is unsurpassed. We appreciated the time and effort that Dicon spent developing a relationship with us, understanding our needs and ensuring our satisfaction with the end project. ”
– Anne Minton, Board of Certification, Inc.
Towneplace Suites is an extended stay hotel of four floors and 108 rooms. There are three floor plans featuring separate living and sleeping areas with a fully equipped kitchen. Each room comes with high-speed internet access and in-roof safe. Other features of the hotel include a pool, fitness center, business center, community laundry facility, and a meeting room.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Dan Witt on our Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel project located in Omaha, Nebraska. Dan’s attention to detail and customer service sets him apart from other people in his profession and essentially strengthened our relationship with Dicon Corporation. I would not hesitate working with Dan again or suggesting Dan’s services to others.”
-Michael P. Earl, The Lund Company
Dicon was hired by Quality Brands of Omaha to take on a multi-phase project. The first phase of the project consisted of a complete remodel and addition to the existing corporate head quarters of Quality Brands. This work was done with little interruptions of the existing staff. The second phase of this work was a 30,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse. The third phase was the ground up construction of an automated truck wash for the delivery trucks. Quality Brands requires drivers to maintain clean trucks and this truck wash allowed each driver to have their trucks cleaned every morning prior to running their routes.
Dicon was also hired to complete a refrigerated warehouse for the expansion of Quality Brands of Omaha to store new products. Metal-Span insulated metal composite panels were used for the cold storage and function as walls, ceilings and roofs for cooling. The insulated metal composite panels are ideal for dry goods, warehouses and other controlled environment buildings where temperature control along with insulation values are critical. The insulated composite panels are attached directly to the supporting structure and multiple steps to construct the insulated wall and roof are eliminated. Faster project completion means reduced construction and interim financing costs to Quality Brands. The panels are manufactured with impermeable faces and when installed the insulation is completely encapsulated by metal trim that creates an impermeable membrane on all sides of the panel. The Class 1 Polyurethane foam meets the requirements of the major model building codes for cold storage construction. The new warehouse also house the first automated systems for beverage sorting in the state of Nebraska.
This project was a remodel while the bank was still in operation. This required temporarily relocating the teller stations and moving people from office to office (limited 2 moves per person) during construction. Dicon was brought on board early in the design process to assist the owner and architect in developing and maintaining the project budget.
“On behalf of Pinnacle Bank, I would like to thank the Dicon General Contractor for the “turn key” remodel/renovation of our Papillion main branch location. The 35 year old building was in need of a face lift. We are pleased with the new look and positive comments that we are receiving from our clients and staff. We found Dicon to be very professional and proficient in the management of the project and responsive to any question or changes we had. The level of service and attention to detail both during and after the construction period has been excellent. We appreciate the time and effort that Dicon spent partnering with us on this project and would not hesitate to work with Dicon on future projects. ”
– Steve A. Zey, Region I Manager, Pinnacle Bank
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.
Dicon renovated the previous Fuddruckers restaurant into a three bay strip center followed by the construction of a new restaurant at the end. This project was completed ahead of schedule and satisfied all requests by tenants.
While re-structuring and re-building the multi-level parking garage and plaza area, Dicon faced construction and safety concerns due to the structural design of the garage. The project was successfully completed on time and with no set- backs.
During the construction of this building the design was upgraded to LEED Gold status. One of the unique qualities is the use of an energy wind mill to supply power to the building. The project was completed at budget and on time.
This project was completed at budget and ahead of schedule with little to no complications.
“We want to extend our thanks and appreciation on the performance of the Dicon staff in the completion of the new Bellevue Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska. The project turned out beautiful and the building has received countless compliments on how well it turned out. And I also want to extend thanks to your project team of Rod Ritenhour and Chaz Schaming. They were outstanding in their performance on the project and were absolutely wonderful to work with. Based on the performance of the Dicon staff on this project, please feel assured, I would full-heartedly recommend Dicon on future projects. We look forward to the opportunity to work with your staff again in the future. “
-Ralph E. Gladbach, Hill-Farrell Associates, Inc.
“We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to you and the members of Dicon Corporation’s construction team for the professional manner in which the construction of our newest education facility, Bellevue Elementary School, was supervised. Your expertise in managing the overall project was very much appreciated by the Bellevue Public School’s staff and community. We have received numerous favorable comments concerning the building’s overall appearance and the timeliness of the project’s completion. Again, thanks so much for your contribution and participation in a project that will make a profound impact on our community.”
-Douglas Alan Townsend, Ed.D., Bellevue Public Schools
Staybridge Suites is an extended stay hotel of four floors and 88 rooms. Each spacious suite has a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, stove top, dishwasher, refrigerator, and separate living/sleeping areas. Additionally, each suite is equipped with high speed internet access. Other features of the hotel include a pool, fitness center, business center, community laundry facility, “Bridgemart” (foods, beverages, and sundry items), and a theatre room.
“We worked on a Staybridge Suites in Wichita with Dicon in 2008. The project had its hurdles, like most if not all developments, but we would consider it a huge success. The 88 room project was delivered within 11 months of footing completion, and the quality of the construction was above industry standard. Hotels are a complex build and from an experienced builder /developer, timing can be the most critical of all the variables.”
-Dan Marak, MK Hospitality, LLC