Schemmer’s Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP, quoted in Engineering section of The Lincoln Business Journal

Lincoln Business Journal  |  December 1, 2017

"Talent needs, evolving technology, booming activity characterize industry"

Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP

Schemmer’s Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP, is featured in the December 1, 2017, edition of the Lincoln Business Journal’s Engineering section, discussing growth for higher education clients in Nebraska, Haymarket development and budget shortfalls.

The architecture/engineering/construction industry is reportedly still growing stronger even as budget issues with sector-specific implications and talent needs that accompany rapid project activity cause challenges.

"This summer, fall, and winter are proving very productive for our higher-education clients in Nebraska," Birch said. "Fortunately these projects are not dependent on state funding."

Birch mentioned there are some significant planned projects in Lincoln's downtown Haymarket that haven't begun construction. She notes that it's possibly because of other developers waiting until these projects are underway before moving forward.

The area around the new Lincoln central library is another emerging area of activity as long as voters approve the bond issue. "Lincoln desperately needs a new main library," Birch said. "It would generate great economic activity and benefit the city in many ways."

To read the full Lincoln Business Journal article, see page 7.