WoodmenLife Tower

An Omaha Landmark

Rising 30 stories and 478 feet above the city streets, the WoodmenLife Tower has served as a focal point of the Omaha skyline and part of the city’s downtown business district for more than 50 years.

1969-2019: WoodmenLife Tower 50th Year Anniversary Badge
WoodmenLife Tower at night lit in red, white and blue.

WoodmenLife Tower History

WoodmenLife grew quickly in the 1950s and ‘60s, and by 1965, it was clear that the organization needed a headquarters larger than the eight-story Insurance Building that had served as Home Office since 1934.

Construction on the new WoodmenLife Tower began in 1966, and for the next three years, Omaha residents watched in amazement as the 30-story structure took shape. More than 8,000 tons of steel beams, girders and columns were used in the construction, along with nearly 16,000 cubic yards of concrete – enough to build a standard three-foot wide sidewalk 81 miles in length.

Historic Insurance Building Postcard
Photo of Woodmenlife Tower Construction

The WoodmenLife Tower was officially dedicated June 6, 1969, on the 79th anniversary of the organization’s founding. As part of the dedication ceremony, a time capsule was placed below the lobby floor containing memorabilia and a special set of 1969 U.S. coins. The capsule will be opened in 2040.

In the years since its construction, the WoodmenLife Tower’s decor, mechanical and safety systems have been completely updated, including the installation of sprinkler systems to meet the city’s high-rise building code. A multi-level parking structure, Tower Park, was built in 1986 for tenants and visitors. A second facility, Woodmen Park, was built in 1993 for the parking needs of the WoodmenLife Tower’s tenants.

  1. Insurance Building: 1934 to 1969
    The first Omaha building with central air conditioning
  2. WoodmenLife Tower: 1969 to present
    Construction began in 1966

WoodmenLife Tower Facts

With more than 370,000 square feet of modern, high-rise office space, the WoodmenLife Tower provides tenants one of the most prestigious business addresses in downtown Omaha.

  • Owner WoodmenLife
  • Architect Leo A. Daly Company General
  • Contractor Peter Kiewit Sons
  • Dedicated June 6, 1969
  • Height 478 feet
  • Stories 30 stories +3 stories below street level
  • Square Footage 431,000
  • Windows 2,793
  • Structural Steel 8,000 tons
  • Lighting Structure 164 fixtures covering 270 feet
  • LED lights 17,056 bulbs light the exterior at night
  • Exterior

    The four-story base is constructed of Mariposa Clouded Danby Vermont Marble. The exterior of the WoodmenLife Tower is composed of pre-cast aggregate.

  • Elevators

    The building holds eight passenger elevators that travel up to 1,000 feet per minute, and one service elevator.

  • Features

    Cafeteria and hair salon are located on the fifth floor, and a car wash is located in the lower parking level.

Did you know… On a clear night, visitors traveling to Omaha by air can see the lighted WoodmenLife Tower from a distance of more than 75 miles. Learn more about the WoodmenLife Tower Lighting Partnership

About WoodmenLife

The WoodmenLife Tower serves as the national headquarters for WoodmenLife, which has proudly called Omaha home since its founding in 1890. Today, WoodmenLife has grown into a nationwide company with nearly 700,000 members.1

Through the teamwork of more than 575 Home Office associates and more than 1,000 Sales associates across the nation, WoodmenLife strives to help families secure their financial future while strengthening our communities and country.

WoodmenLife is a not-for-profit life insurance company that gives back would be profits2 to members and their communities.

Insurance

Insurance helps provide security throughout your life and income for your family in times of need.

Retirement

By taking the steps now to safeguard your finances, you can create a more secure future.

Annuities

Annuities can be a reliable part of a long-term savings strategy tailored to meet your retirement goals.

Member Benefits

No extra cost or obligation to get access to extras that could make a direct impact on your family.

Disclosures

  1. An individual becomes a member by joining our shared commitment to family, community and country, and by purchasing a WoodmenLife product.
  2. Refunds are declared annually by the company. The payment of refunds is not guaranteed because they depend on the company’s investment, expense and mortality experience.

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