From the time the project was announced last summer, it was known that Kiewit would be part of the new science center’s name. The Omaha-based construction company, which builds major projects all over the world, is making a “very significant” donation for the Kiewit Luminarium, said Rachel Jacobson, president of Heritage Services.
In addition, numerous Kiewit executives and several charitable foundations with Kiewit ties are making sizable donations for the project, including Omaha’s Peter Kiewit Foundation, the family foundation of former Kiewit Chairman Walter Scott Jr. and the family foundation of current Kiewit Chairman Bruce Grewcock.
Grewcock called the center one of the best investments the community can make to ensure a diverse and inclusive workforce for the city’s future.
“We hope that Kiewit Luminarium opens the door to STEM learning for those who may not think science or engineering is for them,” he said.
Kiewit is also serving as the construction contractor for the project, and that work has already begun.
The site has been cleared, and Monday marked the start of driving test pilings for the building’s foundation. Depending on the weather, Demulling said, it’s hoped all the pilings for the 82,000-square-foot center — about the total area of 1½ football fields — can be driven by the spring.