Highlander Accelerator

A city within a building becomes a neighborhood catalyst.

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Located in North Omaha, Nebraska, the Highlander Accelerator answers an aspirational challenge to provide a community accustomed to unremarkable architecture with exceptional design. It is a combination of a complex, dynamic program; a topographically complicated site; a set of contextual issues involving social wrongs embedded in the history of urban planning of American cities; a client who is investing a significant amount of his own capital, effort, credibility and pride into the project, and; a wide array of stakeholders. The Highlander Accelerator is a city within a building. It is a home to the community with front doors on all sides, open to all and approachable in every respect. As part of a master planned community, the Accelerator is a neighborhood catalyst that provides a place for public events, entrepreneurship, urban aquaponics, education, community-building, business incubation and soul food.
  • 2018
  • Architect
  • Omaha, NE
  • 73,300 SF / 4.1 acre site


  • Seventy5 North Revitalization Group
  • Brinshore Development

Eldo Team

  • Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA
  • Project Manager: Sean Slattery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Project Architect: Mark Horne, AIA; Grace Broeder, AIA


  • Contractor: Lund-Ross
  • Structural Engineer: Bob D Campbell & Associates
  • MEP Engineer: PKMR
  • Civil Engineer: Ehrhart Griffin & Associates
  • Greenhouse/Hydroponics Specialists: HTH Engineering; Aquaculture
  • Code Consultant: Code Consulting Services


  • 2019 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Project of the Year
  • 2019 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Honor Award
  • 2019 Chicago Athenaeum - American Architecture Award
  • 2019 AZURE Magazine - AZ Award for Social Good, Finalist


Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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