The Exchange                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Location:  Omaha, NebraskaClient:  AIM   / The Startup Collaborative                                                                                                                                               
Year:  2015-2016
Status:   Study
Program:  Commercial Office Masterplan
Area: 88,200 s.f.
Design Team:   Geoff DeOld, Emily Andersen
Consultants: Interior Design: Birdhouse Interior Design; Graphics: Justin Kemerling Design Co.


The former site of the Omaha Grain Exchange, The Exchange Building has gone through extensive interior and exterior remodeling over the last century. Multiple renovations stripped its orginal ornamental details and clad the bulding in faux ribbon windows and dryvit. It is primed for an extensive building repositioning to modernize its performance and uses. The tenants, AIM and The Startup Collaborative, commissioned DAA to develop conceptual plans and a masterplan for capitol fundraising. DAA proposed a restoration of the exterior envelope to remove the dryvit and expose the punched window openings.  Work at the interior included updating the entry lobby, renovating the historic trading floor into a functional multi-purpose room, and re-stacking the existing tenants to accommodate more efficient use of the floor plates by current tenants, while allowing flexibility for future growth and leasing opportunities. DAA worked with Birdhouse Interior Design and Justin Kemerling Design Co. for interiors and graphics.