KETV-7 – Burlington Train Station Transformation

Omaha, Nebraska

Recognizing it had outgrown its original broadcast facility, Omaha ABC affiliate, KETV, began searching for a location offering more space and greater technological adaptability. They discovered the abandoned, classical revival Burlington Passenger Station. The 115-year-old train station met their critical space, parking and location criteria, although it was a significant departure from what they originally envisioned. After a year of program-verification and due-diligence, the building was purchased and design began.

Like a news story, the final design acts as a physical expression of journalistic integrity, showcasing the building’s rich historical journey in an open and honest manner. It’s a story that includes a dramatic renovation in 1930, damaging updates in the 1950s and then 40 years of vacancy. During its vacant chapter, the station was neglected and victimized by vandalism and abandoned demolition work. As a result, most of the interior historic finishes – ornamental plaster, wood paneling and flooring, marble wainscot, doors and windows – no longer exist, revealing the skeleton of the building’s original 1898, Greek Revival design. Today, up-to-date technology, electrical, heating and cooling systems are integrated with historical remnants in a manner that minimizes architectural and structural impact.

Client 

Hearst Corporation

At a glance

48,000 SF

Features

1898 train station transformed into a state-of-the-art television station

Adaptive re-use design

People’s Choice Award, International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Great Plains Chapter

Architectural Planning/Adaptive Reuse/Restoration Award, Downtown Omaha, Inc.

Services

Architectural design

Interior design

Structural and civil engineering

Awards

People’s Choice Award, International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Great Plains Chapter

Architectural Planning/Adaptive Reuse/Restoration Award, Downtown Omaha, Inc.