About a year ago, March 2019, the Corporate Office was given a great opportunity. We did not realize it was an opportunity at that time; we thought our whole world was just turned upside down, since we were asked to look for a new facility to call home. Yes, we were being asked to leave a building that had been part of our Company even before the current iteration, what people call “The Old Company.” To say there were some mixed feelings about this would be an understatement. From that moment on, we started an 8-month journey (that sounds more pleasant than scramble) to find, purchase, renovate and relocate to a new facility. This not only impacted the Corporate Office, but also the Lincoln Branch Warehouse, which needed to find a new home as well.
Due to the leadership of our newly appointed executive committee we got off to a fast start. Within about a month we had located a new building at 3910 South Street, which was the old Nebraska Title Building, now abandoned. Unfortunately, due to the building getting a frozen pipe and water damage during the winter, the only option was to gut the entire space and start from scratch. We immediately started to put together plans for design, furniture, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and IT infrastructure, while crews were sent in to start cleaning out the damage.
To everyone’s delight, by January of 2020, we were moving into our new location. This journey also gave us an opportunity to do some other things for our company and to give back to the community. We were able to free up the Corporate Office Avaya PBX phone system and relocate it to support our Phoenix and Tucson Branches, much to their appreciation. We were also able to donate some of the older IT infrastructure through a partnership with Southeast Community College and Lincoln Public Schools to be used by students interested in learning about information technology.
Finally, we were blessed to have the wife of Thomas M Price donate a sculpture from Serving Hands, a public art project celebrating the 50th anniversary of Campus Life in Lincoln, to the office in the name of Tom Price. We thank the Price Family for this wonderful addition, as we are displaying it proudly in our new location.
And remember, our teams at Corporate are here to serve all our employees and customers, so if you get a chance, stop by and say hi!