The vision was clear: the process required ingenuity, skill, and most importantly, respect.
As the City of Omaha said goodbye to the Gene Leahy Mall and Heartland of America Park on February 28, 2019, MCL Construction was there to preserve the art that tells the stories of Omaha history and military service.
Omaha Parks and Recreation chose MCL to remove and relocate seven art statues and monuments that sat on the riverfront parks, some for more than 40 years.
At MCL, we are committed to performing at the highest level while always respecting those impacted by our work.
In this case, the artists who created these monuments and those the monuments represent deserved great care and respect.
“Just amazing care was taken to the best of our ability so that everybody would be happy,” said Omaha Parks and Recreation Project Manager, Tim Carmichael.
Each structure had its own challenge. Two needed to be removed from water, two required salvaging.
The Airborne Trooper and Victory ‘95 honor the valor and sacrifice of those who have served and currently serve our country.
A brick plaza underneath the monuments was originally built with 17,000 bricks, 4,100 with the names of service members engraved on them. For families and friends, these bricks are symbols of service and sacrifice.
Led by MCL Superintendent Wyatt Hansen, our team began the process of relocating them to Memorial Park. We noticed the deteriorated structure of the original bricks. The names had faded, but not the memory of each person.
Rather than relocating them in that condition, our team replaced each brick and placed them within five feet of their original location under the statue. A time-consuming, detailed task that recreated the personal connection every donor had to the service member honored.
“He wanted to give every bit of respect to the art and who the artwork was for,” said Carmichael.
In addition to those two monuments, MCL removed and relocated the following:
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MCL Construction's Wyatt Hansen was presented the "Outstanding Senior Award" by Nebraska Engineering's Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The honor is given to one senior student from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and one student from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hansen is an intern with MCL Construction and will join the firm full-time as a Project Engineer upon graduation from UNO in early May.
"Interning at MCL played a huge role in me receiving this honor. It's extremely beneficial to be able to learn in an academic setting, then apply that knowledge immediately in a real-world setting," said Hansen.
Hansen's work ethic and eagerness to learn in the field has not gone unnoticed by his coworkers at The Cloisters On The Platte project.
"He is eager to learn and works hard to find the answers to issues as they arise. Wyatt has taken an active approach to being onsite every day to observe construction techniques that are being utilized on the project. He is a team player and is always willing to help in any way he can," commented Project Manager Mike Heser.
Hansen is an example of how hard work and determination pay off. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Hansen is a non-traditional student balancing work, school, and a family that consists of his wife and two children.
"Personally, this is a huge accomplishment for me. Professionally, I believe this award speaks volumes to my ambition to excel,” Hansen added.
Hansen is working on The Cloisters on the Platte project working specifically in the chapel and the parking garage where he continues to learn from the people around him.
"MCL is truly a team. The level of knowledge of the MCL employees I work with on a daily basis never ceases to amaze me. I am excited to continue my career at such a great company," said Hansen.
And we are equally excited to have him.