Centennial Mall Renovation

Centennial Mall Renovation

Centennial Mall provides a vista of the Nebraska State Capitol through Downtown Lincoln and visually connects the Capitol with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As designed in 1967, the mall consisted of seven downtown blocks, some open to vehicular traffic, and some closed, with fountains, green spaces, sculptures and walkways.

We recently led work on a master plan and renovation to revitalize the mall, increasing its accessibility, balancing motorist and pedestrian circulation, incorporating sustainable features, and creating a design that conveys the identity of the state.

The redesigned mall will be well-lit, safe, and inviting, and offer improved community spaces — plazas, green spaces, water features, art, seating, and improved lighting. Large trees will frame the mall and line the side streets to integrate the mall into downtown. Public art, including design details in pavings and street furnishings, is inspired by the Capitol. To resolve conflicts between different users on the blocks open to vehicular traffic, the streets were narrowed, with curb bump-outs at the intersections for pedestrian comfort.

The design concept celebrates the state’s past, present and future by creating three zones: Civic, near the government halls, honoring “We the People” and “Our Home Nebraska;” Community, reflecting “Nebraskan’s Mosaic;” and a Campus Zone celebrating “Sparking the Good Life: Imaginations to Innovation.” A Reflection Plaza at the north end provides a view of the Capitol and an opportunity to look back on the history of the mall.