Omaha World-Herald Freedom Press Center?-?Omaha, Neb.
September 2001 marked the first issue of the Omaha World-Herald's new newspaper format, produced in its state-of-the-art, 320,000-square-foot, five-story Press Center. Kiewit completed the $55 million world-class complex in 26 months.
Site preparation included excavating 150,000 cubic yards of soil before crews drove more than 12.5 miles of steel pipe piles for the 1,150-cubic-yard concrete foundation mat. Located within the cast-in-place Press Center is an 18,150-square-foot press hall, where three 1,661-ton presses rest. The presses' components were positioned using a 40-ton overhead crane followed by assembly. Crews also constructed a front lobby and museum, executive offices, boardroom, packaging center, 120-person dining facility and kitchen, and a 600-stall parking garage.