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2008 Media Releases

April 29, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Kent Morgan, Planning, 441-7491


Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City has chosen DLR Group as the architect for the proposed new arena in the West Haymarket Area. Beutler also announced that the Lincoln Traction Partners, a team formed by Will and Robert Scott of WRK, will work with the City on developing a hotel, conference center, retail and office space and condominiums in the area.

“There is a vibrancy that exists in our historic Haymarket, and we are looking to build on that energy to create new jobs and opportunities for the whole community,” said Mayor Beutler. “We have chosen firms that share our vision. It is important work that must be done to put together the best information for citizens as we move closer toward a public vote on the arena project.”

Beutler thanked the two selection committees that researched and interviewed architects and developers. “The selections of both the architect and developer were based not on the concept designs they submitted but on their qualifications, skills and creativity,” he said.

DLR is one of the largest architectural and engineering firms in the country. “They have extensive experience with sports facilities,” said Beutler. “They will help create an arena vision and give our community a sense of what can be and what we can achieve.”

“It is our responsibility to lead and design a facility that fuels the vision we collectively establish,” said Stan Meradith, AIA, a Principal with DLR. “Our goal is to design a project that the citizens of Lincoln can embrace – one that is sustainable with an appropriate budget.” More information on the firm is available at

Lincoln Traction is comprised primarily of WRK, the Woodbury Corporation of Salt Lake City and International Facilities Group of Chicago. “Lincoln Traction brings an important local presence and a respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of our Haymarket area,” said Beutler. “This respect is certainly very important to me and to our community as we talk about the redevelopment of this area.”

Robert Scott of WRK said Lincoln Traction is excited to work with the City, the University of Nebraska and the 2015 Vision Group to create a development that “is sensitive to local issues and stimulates dynamic growth in our great city.”

“The focus of our proposal is the creation of a development that represents all residents of Lincoln and reflects our significance as the Capital City of Nebraska,” said Scott. “We are hopeful that our civic leaders and community residents will assist us in creating an integrated development that is highly innovative, cost efficient, diverse and respectful to the surrounding environment.”

Scott said Lincoln Traction would provide updates to the public on its Web site at He said the partnership also would use the Web site for community input.

Beutler said the City will begin meetings with Lincoln Traction and DLR in the near future to discuss the process and timelines.

Earlier this year, the consulting firm of Conventions, Sports and Leisure reported that a new arena is needed in Lincoln and that it is financially feasible. The Nebraska Legislature this year passed a bill that would return about $700,000 per year in state sales tax revenues for a proposed arena with a maximum of 16,000 seats.

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