First National Bank Tower

Omaha, Nebraska

LEO A DALY completed the master plan for a nine-block campus in downtown Omaha for First National Bank. The project includes a 43-story, 999,100-SF commercial tower complex that dominates the city’s skyline. LEO A DALY provided full A/E services from master planning through design and construction of the tower complex as well as continued tenant improvement projects.

As the tallest building in a six-state region (and the highest tower between Minneapolis and Denver), First National Tower defines the city of Omaha’s image. The challenge to the design team was to create a landmark tower that asserts the urban elements defining Omaha. The tower is positioned on a full-block site to take advantage of Omaha’s urban context. The building is massed in a series of setbacks that open up around the tapering form of the tower like a flower. The building is clad with continuous piers of pale buff granite, emphasizing verticality and recalling the Midwestern tradition of warm-colored masonry commercial buildings. At the ground level, a wintergarden on the building’s north side functions as a centerpiece to the First National Bank’s campus.

There are five large parking garages within the vicinity of the campus. Each is interconnected by a series of public and private underground tunnels to protect pedestrians from traffic and the elements.


First National Bank

At a glance

999,100 SF

43 stories


Building setbacks unfold to reveal form of the tower like a flower

Materials reflect Midwestern tradition of warm-colored masonry commercial buildings

Ground-level garden serves as centerpiece of First National Bank campus


Urban planning

Master planning

Architectural design


Mechanical, electrical and structural engineering

Interior design

Furnishing, fixtures and wquipment

Landscape design

Construction management

Contract administration


Award of Excellence, Concrete Use, American Concrete Institute, Nebraska Chapter

Engineering Excellence Competition Finalist, American Council of Engineering Companies, Nebraska Chapter

Honor Award, American Council of Engineering Companies, Nebraska Chapter

Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, Nebraska Chapter

Design Award of Excellence, Pioneer Courage Sculpture Park, American Society of Landscape Architecture, Central States