The Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission succeeded the Civic Center Corporation, the original fund raising and building organization formed in 1968 to build the Civic Center. The Commission was formed in June 1971, as authorized by the Legislature.
Construction of the Civic Center began in May 1972 and was dedicated and opened in March 1975. The Connector building, joining the Civic Center with the Hall of Justice, was completed two years later.
Over the next several years, the Commission began handling the operation and maintenance, the lease rental policies and debt service requirements. In 1976, the Commission was instrumental in remodeling and ultimately the operation and maintenance of the Douglas County Hall of Justice.
In 1980, the Commission created an office of its own and hired its first administrator. The Administrator's office was established to provide a neutral entity to handle the City and County interests regarding space in the facilities. In 1982, the Administrator's office was given the additional responsibilities of collecting parking revenues and administering capital improvements.
Six years later, the responsibilities for the receiving dock, day cleaning and security were transferred to the Commission. Over the next several years, personnel were transferred from various City and County positions to the Building Commission for supervision.
With the opening of the parking garage in September 2002, we manage four structures totaling nearly 1.2 million square feet of office, courtroom and parking space. Approximately 70% of the office and courtroom space is occupied by Douglas County and about 30% by the City of Omaha. In addition, we lease space to the Omaha Douglas Employees Federal Credit Union.