Green in the City – Omaha

Sponsors: Omaha by Design, Nebraska Arts Council

Type: RfQ, open, 2-stage

Language: English

Eligibility: Multidisciplinary teams: artists, landscape architects, architects

Awards: Winning team will receive a commission

Budget: $200,000


Oct. 5, 2013 – 
Question period ends

Oct. 15, 2013 – 
RFQ submission deadline (Midnight CT)

Nov. 12, 2013
 – Finalists selection announcement (finalist phase information and requirements provided to finalists)

January 2014
 – Finalist presentations/interviews

February 2014 – 
Design award announcement

Design/Build Project Timeline

February through June 2014
 – Selected designer/design team contracted and design process completed through permit submission

Spring/Summer 2014
 – BLUEBARN Theatre breaks ground

Summer 2015
 – Green in the City project completion expected


Porter Arneill, director/public art administrator, City of Kansas City

Jeff Day, Omaha-based principal, Min | Day

Robert Duncan, chairman emeritus, Duncan Aviation, contemporary art collector

Gina Ford, principal, Sasaki Associates

Adam Price, executive director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts


The 104’ x 72’ project site is adjacent to two projects under development in the 10th and Pacific block of downtown Omaha – the new home of the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10, a mixed use building with a small parking area. The theatre will include an outdoor performance and audience area that opens onto and extends into the Green in the City site.

Min l Day, an architectural partnership with offices in Omaha and San Francisco, has been hired to design the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10 projects. Omaha philanthropist Nancy Mammel, who is developing Boxcar 10, has donated the land for the theatre and green space and is providing the lead gift for the Green in the City competition. Once the Green in the City project is complete, the BLUEBARN Theatre will assume ownership of the open space and will be responsible for its maintenance.

Competition Process:

The two-phase design competition begins with an open call Request for Qualifications, followed by a selection of finalists. Finalists will be invited to enter a conceptual design competition phase and attend a presentation/interview with the jury. Those interested in submitting their qualifications should apply via SlideRoom, an online application submission system, at

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