About 300 workers — coming from three different buildings — will begin work next week under the same roof at the newly constructed, $25 million Tenaska headquarters near 144th Street and West Dodge Road.
The move puts the Omaha employees and leaders of the energy company, founded 27 years ago in Omaha, into a 100,000-square-foot facility that features a state-of-the-art trading floor, more open collaborative workspaces and a lot of glass that lets in natural sunlight.
The new setting in the First National Bank Business Park also offers an in-house fitness center, cafeteria and outdoor patio and plug-ins for cellphones and electric cars. The new four-story building is surrounded by walking trails.
The shift from three buildings to one should do wonders for morale and fostering a “small company” culture, said Tim Kudron, senior vice president of finance and administration.
“With 300 employees, it's hard to know everybody,” he said, “and it's even harder when you're in three separate buildings.”
Lisa Jones, senior director of corporate operations, said the setup makes it easier to plan the companywide barbecue on Monday and a Friday party that will celebrate the close of the first full week.
Dan Ramaekers, vice president of information technology, also appreciates the practical efficiencies. He'll no longer have to deal with three computer networks in three separate buildings run by three different landlords.
Tenaska, which is among the top 50 largest privately owned companies in the nation, previously had Omaha employees scattered among a trio of buildings in the Miracle Hills Office Park. April 1 would have marked 20 years in the main building, the former corporate headquarters. As the company grew, it expanded piecemeal into two others nearby.
Nationally, the company has more than 700 employees.
While the new facility's 86,000 square feet of usable office space is only slightly larger than the previous capacity, it allowed for more efficient design and technology that could accommodate up to 100 more employees in the future, Kudron said.
Featured in the new complex is a 20,000-square-foot open trading floor — with a view of downtown Omaha through floor-to-ceiling windows — where buying and selling of commodities such as natural gas and agricultural-related oils take place for Tenaska Marketing Ventures and Tenaska Commodities LLC.
The building also will house Tenaska Capital Management LLC, Tenaska Gas Storage LLC, Tenaska NG Fuels LLC and corporate offices.
The old trading floor is to shut down this evening, with testing of systems scheduled over the weekend.
With Tenaska holding a 15-year lease, the building was developed and is owned by Noddle Cos. and Waitt Co. Other partners include Kiewit Building Group, RDG Planning and Design, Performance Engineering, Alvine Engineering, TACKarchitects, Lamp Rynearson & Associates and First National Bank for financing.