Signs placed on Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

by Tom O'Connor, UNMC public relations | April 05, 2016

Image with caption: Workers put one of the signs in place atop the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Workers put one of the signs in place atop the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Two large exterior signs identifying the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center were placed on the building Monday by Kiewit Building Group. The 615,000-square-foot cancer center is located on Dewey Avenue between 44th Street and Durham Research Plaza (formerly 45th Street).

The two signs are identical. One was placed on the north side of the building, the other on the south side of the building.

The cancer center is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017. Since the project is near completing use of the existing tower cranes, the sign installation had to be scheduled before the cranes were removed, said Kathy Bauer of Tetrad Property Group, the company which is providing owner's representation services for the new facility.

Unlike other signs that are installed in sections on a building, these signs featured a unique unit assembly system that allowed the signs to be completely assembled at ground level. They were then hoisted onto the building in one piece.

Kiewit monitored weather conditions to determine the install date. "Because of the size of the signs and the fact that we needed to use a crane for placement, it was important that we have minimal wind during installation," Bauer said.

Several Omaha firms were involved in the signage project. They included:

  • HDR, which completed the design for the signage;
  • Architectural Wall Systems, which locally manufactured and assembled the sign frame;
  • ASI Signs, which fabricated the lettering; and
  • Christensen House Moving, which transported the signs to the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine campus.

Here are some other quick facts about the signs:

  • The signs weigh 8,000 lbs. each. In addition, there is another 1,400 pounds of weight in the associated rigging needed to put the signs in place.
  • They are 36 feet long, 16 feet tall, and 13 feet deep.
  • Lettering on the "BUFFETT" name on the signs is five feet tall and is visible from nearly a half-mile away.
  • The signs are comprised of zinc panel cladding with aluminum frame and utilize energy efficient LED lighting.
  • The signs were moved at midnight on Monday morning when traffic was minimal. They were transported from the Architectural Wall Systems facility.
  • The signs are the largest fabricated by Architectural Wall Systems. They took approximately six weeks to assemble.


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Dave cobbett
April 05, 2016 at 5:11 PM

It always blesses me to see or hear of somebody giving something back or investing in the hope of others Koodles to you Kiewit

Don Dickmeyer
April 05, 2016 at 7:28 AM

The statement that the signs were located on Durham Plaza (formerly 45th Street) is incorrect. Durham Plaza is an honorary name only and 45th Street is the actual street name per City of Omaha.