Omaha World-Herald: A new jewel is coming to Omaha’s riverfront.
Ground will be broken this fall for a privately funded $101 million science museum that backers hope will rank among the nation’s best.
Architects’ renderings of the new science center show a sizable glassy structure on city parkland at Lewis & Clark Landing, with views of downtown, the Missouri River and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.
The community leaders behind the project hope the new science center will become a family-friendly and fun entertainment destination when it opens in 2023 — filling a longtime void in the city’s cultural amenities. But more than that, they hope it will inspire children’s interest in science, math, engineering and technology, helping to fill a critical need for workers in those STEM fields.
“We believe this innovative community space will have a powerful and lasting influence on fueling our city’s workforce development,” said Bruce Grewcock, chairman of Omaha’s Kiewit construction company.
The new STEM-Inspired Science Center that is planned for The RiverFront at Lewis & Clark landing.
Grewcock led planning for the project on behalf of Heritage Services, the influential Omaha philanthropy organization that has been behind numerous major civic projects in Omaha over the past three decades. Heritage is tapping donors to raise all of the money for the science center.