The project to replace the Penny Bridges on Sheridan Boulevard is being completed with local funds and was initiated by the City of Lincoln. A consultant team was chosen in the summer of 2013 through a qualifications based selection process. Devin Biesecker, PE, serves as the project manager for the City and Thomas Shafer, PE is providing project oversight and liaison to the public works director and mayor’s office. Ed Zimmer, Lincoln’s Historic Preservation Planner is also providing guidance to the design team.
Benesch is leading all engineering efforts for this project. Formerly, HWS Consulting Group, Benesch has been serving the Lincoln community for over 65 years. Notable efforts include the roundabout at 33rd Street and Sheridan Boulevard, the South and East Beltway Environmental Impact Statement, as well as the current South Beltway environmental assessment and a variety of roadway projects in other parts of the City.
Anthony Dirks, PE, is serving as project manager for the Benesch team. He is responsible for design and management of public works projects encompassing all transportation related issues. He has a diverse background in the design and construction of highways, streets, roadways and bridges for city, county and state agencies. Prior to joining Benesch, Tony spent 13 years with the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Aaron Buettner, PE, is providing structural design services for this project and for a wide range of additional projects that include roadway, railroad and pedestrian bridges, as well as civil/municipal structures. Aaron attended Calvert Elementary and Lincoln Southeast High School. He remembers fondly his trip to the Penny bridges to learn about its history in the fifth grade.
Stephanie Rittershaus, IAP2, is Benesch’s certified public involvement specialist. She has spent her entire career working in marketing and communications, including over ten years serving the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. At Benesch, Stephanie is leading public involvement efforts on several projects throughout the Midwest. In Lincoln, she has led efforts at Coddington & West Van Dorn, 66th and Fremont Streets and the Lincoln South Beltway.
The Clark Enersen Partners is providing architecture, landscape architecture and electrical engineering design services for this project. For more than 65 years, Clark Enersen has guided designs for some of the most iconic and historic places in Lincoln. Their work has contributed greatly to the cultural heritage and economic vitality of our community. Many of these projects included significant public engagement and coordination. Notably, The Clark Enerson Partners developed the Rock Island Trail Master Plan as well as the Outdoor Classroom along the Rock Island Trail near the project site.
Jeff Chadwick, AIA, LEED AP, is a Senior Principal and one of the firm’s most talented designers. He will be leading architectural efforts and will incorporate aesthetic enhancements. Jeff has been integral to many award-winning projects over his 20+ year career. He is particularly skilled in developing concepts that reflect the history and context of the surrounding environment. Jeff has worked on a wide variety of projects with historical significance including the Sunken Gardens Renovation, the Sawmill Dock Facade Renovation and 8th Street Streetscape Renovation in the Historic Haymarket.
Historic Resources Group, Inc. is a Lincoln-based, woman-owned consulting firm that has extensive experience working with numerous State Historic Preservation Offices and local governments across the country documenting Section 106 evaluations, National Register nominations, Historic Tax Credit applications, and historic building surveys.
Melissa Dirr Gengler will lead historical services for this project. She is a fully qualified historian/architectural historian whose resume includes 20 years of professional experience. Her experience at the Nebraska State Historical society provides in-field knowledge of all National Register programs. Locally, Melissa has provided historic services for West O Street, Sheldon Art Museum, Nebraska Army National Guard and the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nationally, she has worked with the National Parks Service, Mount Rushmore, St. Louis Arch and the William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home Site National Memorial in Hope, Arkansas.