The pavillion will be home to Jazz on the Green and other outdoor events. It is scheduled to be complete by the first Jazz on the Green concert July 11.
Brian Akert, the lead project designer, says "We took cues from the space that we’re working with and the curves of the buildings. We wanted the pavilion to reinforce and fit into that environment but also elevate it to the next level."
The pavilion will provide a permanent 44 by 24 stage and infrastructure, eliminating the need to install and tear down temporary staging facilities for each new event.
"The location and elevation of the stage will also enhance sight lines for people in the park to see the performers," said Rob Zimmerman of Project Advocates, the pavilion builder.
Other features include a signature fabric roof, concrete area for dancing and back of the house staging area for events.
Akert said the most striking feature is that "SaddleSpan" roof, which can be illuminated with high-efficiency LED lighting effects.
The pavilion is being funded by private donations through the Omaha Community Foundation.