The winners of the 2013 Downtown Impact Awards were announced at the annual meeting of the Downtown Lincoln Association on Thursday, October 30th. Pinnacle Bank Arena was honored with the 2013 Significant Public Development Award. BVH Architects was part of the arena’s design team led by DLR Group.
DLA’s Impact Award program recognizes businesses and individuals that have made a significant contribution to downtown Lincoln.
By the time the first shovels dug into the ground on that September day 2 years ago, the impact of the Pinnacle Bank Arena was already becoming clear. Although the name was not yet known, there was a communal excitement among all citizens of the city. Something big was happening in Lincoln.
With over 90 percent of construction, engineering and professional services coming from Lincoln and greater Nebraska, it was first and foremost a local project, one comprised of numerous, unique challenges, not yet faced by the city in other endeavors. This was not just an undertaking; it was in fact the largest public project in the city’s history.
While the arena has undeniably altered the physical landscape of downtown Lincoln, its reach is so much greater, firmly in the minds of the citizens as well. Everyone is seeing Lincoln differently now. The success of early events has been proof of the city’s ever expanding appetite for culture. The arena doesn’t just mean more concerts and bars for the city. It has conveyed a message of possibility and opportunity. There is so much potential here still untapped, and the citizens have definitely taken note.