Nelnet at Telegraph DistrictNelnet
Design Achievement - The 401 Building anchors Lincoln's newest smart-growth development, the Telegraph District. The project takes the disused 1970's era Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph building and reenvisions it as a modern Class-A workplace for Nelnet, a leading educational loan provider. Formerly a virtually windowless brick monolith, the new 401 building required envelope and interior updated including ADA compliance. The design team leveraged these necessary updates to overhaul the formerly inconspicuous entry. Here, the street is activated with a major piece of public art: a kinetic metal sculpture emblazoned with both the Nelnet logo and the new district's telephone logo. This serves as a nod to the building’s past, its current primary use as a call center, and its future as the district's anchor. Steel frames at the multi-story entry are mirrored along the building's side in a modern interpretation of the site's industrial past.
Scope Summary - The 73,500 square foot office will accommodate 750 employees operating on 3-shifts to staff this 24-hour facility. The space features 3 call center floors with state-of-the-art sound attenuation systems, and training rooms for onboarding and continuing education. A technology rich command center ensures service continuity. Employee amenities include a lounge with full commercial kitchen and an expansive indoor outdoor roof deck. DLR Group provided programming, architecture, interiors, and structural engineering services.