Welcome to the 10th Street corridor. Just south of Omaha’s Old Market, the location is a dynamic and growing community with businesses, restaurants, residential space, culture, and nightlife.
The Rail & Commerce Building originally opened in 1926 as the Burlington Mail Terminal. It was designed by W.T. Krausch in the Daylight Factory style. The building was an essential mail-sorting checkpoint in the United States and often processed special documents and large sums of money, making the security and efficiency of the facility highly important. After closing mail-oriented operations in the 1970s, the building was mostly unused except for sporadic storage. When developers purchased the building in 2015, it was in need of a massive renovation. Two years later, the freshly renovated Rail & Commerce Building opened its doors to become an active commercial hub once again. The Rail & Commerce Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Commerce Village contributes to the community by existing within a sustainable building. The modern, responsible renovation of the Rail & Commerce Building includes new highly efficient mechanical systems, a rooftop solar array, LED lighting with daylight controls, and energy-efficient reproduction windows that all lower the building’s impact on the environment.
The Rail & Commerce Building offers many sustainable transportation options. The building is in a dense area with access to public transportation. It is also highly walkable with nearby restaurants, businesses and residential areas. Bike to work, safely store your bike in our indoor bike locker room, and freshen up in the fitness center locker rooms, complete with private showers. For those who prefer to drive, our parking garage offers electric car recharge stations. Such choices are not only good for the community but also make smart business sense.
The Rail & Commerce Building has received the ACEC Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies for the inventiveness and efficiency of the mechanical and electrical systems. The Architectural Engineering Alumni Outstanding Project Award was also received due to the number of Peter Kiewit Institute Alumni working on the design of the project.
“As an Omaha-based company in an emerging industry, we have to make sure our office space and location supports the growth and culture of a 21st-century company. The amenities, built environment, and urban location of Commerce Village do just that. As we recruit new people to help build our organization, Commerce Village is definitely a selling point. It’s where you are going to want to be in downtown Omaha.”
"It’s so important for us at Rova to stay lean and nimble as we bring our software product to a global marketplace of agencies and in-house marketers. We’re excited to have found a fit within Commerce Village, where we can be surrounded by like-minded professionals working on different and diverse endeavors, but that share our vision for aggressive growth and business success."
"At Infinite 8 Aeronautics, we believe in the importance of creating impactful and positive experiences for our clients. We also believe that our presence in the Commerce Village community will further enhance our customer experience and the quality of our overall brand."
Commerce Village provides a great working space for startup businesses and existing small business. One challenge startups and small businesses encounter is not having a supportive environment while they are working on building and growing their business. Commerce Village has solved this problem. Here businesses can have the professional services of a large corporation including access to a positive working environment as well as all the basic office support including internet access, copiers, and mail service but then Commerce Village takes it up several notches by providing conference rooms, a lounge, a fitness center and the opportunity to interact with other businesses. Greater Omaha SCORE is pleased to be a part of the support for these businesses by providing free business counseling, mentoring and educational classes at Commerce Village.
We love our new office space at Commerce Village. The option to have an individual desk space is a perfect fit for our small non profit that strives to maximize every dollar we have. The space is a great fit with our mission, too, with indoor bicycle parking, a bike repair station and showers, not to mention a Heartland B-cycle station across the street and MetroTransit stops within walking distance. We can easily walk or bike to meetings, coffee or lunch. We're looking forward to seeing who else will be joining the Commerce Village community!