The Omaha World Herald campus, now known as The John Gottschalk Freedom Center, consists of three integrated structures They include a five-level, curtain wall enclosed press hall featuring 3 MAN Roland presses from Germany; a paper-storage facility with the ability to store 3,000 rolls of newsprint also fronted with curtain wall, and a large parking garage for employees. The Large glazed areas allow pedestrians and vehicular traffic to view all the animation with in the press hall and paper storage.
The press hall has tunnel under 13th Street for Transfer Vehicle System (TVS) robotic vehicles that connects it to the paper storage. Even though a green site farther out from this location would have worked out more economically cost and function wise, the Omaha World-Herald was committed to down town Omaha and wanted to stay close to the exist facility. This chosen site required the design to go more vertical than most common facilities of this kind.
5 level 321,000 sf press hall
20,000 sf paper storage facility
600 stall parking garage
1661 ton press
75,000 newspapers per hour
Chris Barnwell's role was the Project Design Architect for the Omaha World Herald, Freedom Center project while with HDR Inc.
Photography by Kessler Photography.