OMAHA, Neb. -- A groundbreaking event was held for the Innovation Hub at Catalyst, which the University of Nebraska Medical Center is building near 48th St. and Saddle Creek Rd. in Omaha.

UNMC held the groundbreaking ceremony off-site at the Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center, 42nd St. and Emile St.

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold, MD, welcomed Gov. Jim Pillen, U.S. Sen. Pete Ricketts; Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter and Carl Koelbel, chief operating officer of Koelbel and Company, the development team leading the renovation and redevelopment of the former Omaha Steel Works property, to the event.

The Innovation Hub at Catalyst is part of UNMC’s larger Saddle Creek redevelopment project in Midtown Omaha. The Catalyst building will bring UNMC’s UNeMed and UNeTech branches together. Remaining space will be unfinished and leased to a "wide spectrum of biotech and technology startups."

Work has begun on the site and completion of the Catalyst facility is expected in late 2024.

For more information on Catalyst, including leasing opportunities, visit Koelbel’s Catalyst site.