(Omaha, NE) -- Mutual of Omaha has officially started construction of a new 44-story headquarters tower in downtown Omaha.
Mutual Chairman and CEO James Blackledge was joined by Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and other local dignitaries for a ceremonial groundbreaking to kick off construction of the 677-foot tall office tower, which is slated to open in 2026. “Back in 1909, Mutual of Omaha got its start in downtown Omaha. Today, we are inspired by the energy here, and we are excited to be part of it,” Blackledge said. “Our investment in a downtown headquarters tower provides a rare opportunity to create a dynamic workplace for our associates while contributing to the strength of our downtown.”
Blackledge said the state-of-the art headquarters tower is designed to support flexible work arrangements, including in-person, remote and hybrid work modes. “We are creating a hub for work at Mutual of Omaha – a dynamic and inviting place where our associates come together to work, to collaborate, to innovate, to serve our customers and to build on the culture that makes Mutual of Omaha such a special place,” he said. “That’s why we are calling our new headquarters Project Beacon. It will be a beacon inviting our employees to a new, modern workplace from which to fulfill our noble purpose of helping our customers protect what they care about and build their financial futures. It also will be a beacon for vitality, development and investment in our downtown.”
At 677 feet, the building will feature 44 floors and approximately 800,000 square feet of office, meeting, collaboration and amenity space. It will include parking for 2,200 vehicles in a garage used by Mutual associates during business hours and the community during evening and weekend hours.
Highlighting the structure will be an inviting street-level lobby featuring conference space as well as an “experience center” spotlighting Mutual’s history, brand and impact on customers and the community. The building will also feature a “sky lobby” that will welcome associates from the parking facility. A multi-level concept on the 16-20th floors, it will feature food services with diverse culinary offerings, a fitness center, employee wellness services, concierge technical support services as well as flexible conference and meeting spaces. Highlighting the sky lobby floors are landscaped outdoor terraces with sweeping views and outdoor dining, meeting and fitness spaces for Mutual associates.
The 44th floor will feature conference facilities highlighted by expansive views from a two-story atrium. Senior leaders will be positioned near their teams, eliminating the need for an executive floor. At 800,000 square feet, the building is sized for a hybrid work model. Mutual’s current headquarters has approximately 1.7 million square feet. “As a customer-focused company, we worked closely with our design team to create a headquarters that is appropriately sized, adaptable to ways of working that may emerge in the future and able to serve our policyholders in an effective and efficient manner,” Blackledge said.
The company says redevelopment of Mutual’s current home office complex is a key component of their downtown move. “Continued development in Midtown is part of our vision for this project, and the redevelopment of our current home office is an important aspect of our plan,” Blackledge said. “From the University of Nebraska Medical Center to the Riverfront, linked by the modern streetcar, the potential for development is virtually unlimited.”