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Vortex Tower

Postby OmahaDevelopmentMan » Tue Dec 28, 2004 11:49 pm

I was looking on emporis.com tonight, and stumbled upon the page for the Vortex tower. Anyone know how long ago this came about or have and pictures of it?

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Postby Swift » Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:58 pm

I think I speak for my self, the toaster, and a few illegal immigrants lurking on this forum when I say: huh?

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Postby redfield » Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:09 pm

Wow, that would be pretty cool in downtown O.

A perfect spot for it would be where the old plant is just south of Con Agra on the riverfront.

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Postby edsas » Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:18 pm

Neither Daub nor Fahey wanted it downtown, so the designer sought to put it along the interstate near Ashland. Cass County gave its approval about 5 years ago and that's about the last we've herd of it. The cost was supposed to be something like $35 million which, apparently, was never raised. The project is all but dead, I'd say.

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Postby omahahawk » Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:54 pm

edsas wrote: The project is all but dead, I'd say.


Yeah, I'd agree. I wrote to the designer about a year ago and inquired as to how I could be of assistance in making it a reality. Not to sound like I'm bashing him, but when he found out I could not provide financial assistance, he never returned my e-mail. So...I got to assume its pretty much dead too.

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Postby OmahaDevelopmentMan » Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:06 pm

Why wouldn't Daub or Fahey want a 610 ft observation tower in downtown???

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Postby DMRyan » Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:53 pm

Look at the thing, it's a disaster.
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Postby OmahaDevelopmentMan » Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:00 pm

DMRyan, do you have a picture?

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Postby DMRyan » Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:16 pm

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It looks just as silly as the giant tornado observation tower proposed in KC. The Jetson's would be proud though.
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Postby Greg S » Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:16 pm

I think it was one of those things some guy dreamed up with no clue how to fund it. I thought of it as dead on arrival.

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Postby omahahawk » Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:25 pm

I agree Ryan. Looking back now I don't know why I was so interested in getting this thing built. I don't really care for it either.

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Postby DMRyan » Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:27 pm

I'm all for Omaha getting an observation tower, but this design is a joke.
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Postby OmahaDevelopmentMan » Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:20 pm

WOW, i see now why they didn't want that in downtown. It would have made our skyline a freaking joke! I think an observation tower would be great in downtown though. I mean it would give a great view of the bluffs and river. Just as long as it doesn't look like it is from the Jetsons though.

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Postby jborg » Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:54 pm

I don't know how long ago this was, but I thought he had redesigned it since that picture and took off the ugly legs at the bottom.

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Postby OmahaDevelopmentMan » Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:26 pm

Taking away the legs would help a lot, but it would still need a lot of work.

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Postby omahahawk » Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:49 pm

doesn't matter. I don't think any tax dollars were going to be used for the thing and I doubt there would be enough private dollars to get it off the ground. The pedestrian bridge would be a lot better choice.

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Postby redfield » Wed Dec 29, 2004 7:27 pm

Gah! That is ugly, but I still like the idea of an observation tower downtown. That sort of thing becomes a nice draw for tourism.

As much as I like the pedestrian bridge, the only tourism it will bring is a few folks from CB walking downtown.

Once the bridge gets completed, I'd love to see this idea come back to life....with a better design.

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Postby eomaha » Wed Dec 29, 2004 7:41 pm

I'm glad we appear to have a solid consensus.

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Postby KansasCityCraka » Wed Dec 29, 2004 7:50 pm

It looks just as silly as the giant tornado observation tower proposed in KC. The Jetson's would be proud though.


Amen :lol:

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Postby DTO Luv » Wed Dec 29, 2004 8:40 pm

I have emailed the guy who designed it, Robert Hogenmiller, and he said he approached HDR about developing it and possibly being a part of the North DT area somewhere near the Qwest Center. I'm sure that that design won't be final but an observation tower would be nice for DT. I am supposed email him back after news years about some other questions I had.

I've been to towers like this in Niagara Falls and Toronto and they were both really cool. If it was 610' it'd be taller than the Space Needle. I would like to see it or something like it built DT and I think that as more people are in the area that they will want more recreational opportunites and this would be a unique one.
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Postby Brad » Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:41 pm

Its funny if you have been reading this forum long enough, about every year this stupid Vortex tower seems to show up.

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Postby projectman » Tue Jan 04, 2005 7:13 pm

It was a unique vision. Someone wanting an "Arch" type of monument for Omaha. I think people are trying to hard.

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Postby S33 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:52 pm

Where's our darn tornado tower that looks nothing like a tornado?

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Postby Tornado » Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:06 pm

Wow..........blast from the past.

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Postby thenewguy » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:42 pm

reminds me of the jetsons.
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Postby Coyote » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:41 pm

From the Omaha World-Herald dated October 2, 1997:
""Paris has the Eiffel Tower. St. Louis has its Gateway Arch. Seattle has the Space Needle. Now, Robert Hogenmiller Jr., an Omaha commercial artist, proposes a 610-foot-high stainless-steel landmark for Omaha: Vortex, the Tornado Tower. The tower, at an estimated cost of $35 million, would include a restaurant, a tornado museum, a virtual-reality theater depicting a tornado, an education-conference center on tornado safety, an amusement ride to the top and observation decks with 25-mile views. At night, lasers would give the tower the illusion of spinning counter-clockwise like a tornado, said Hogenmiller, who doesn't yet have financial backing for his idea..... ' We certainly wouldn't want people to think Omaha is glorifying a tornado,' said T.J.Knight, president of Downtown Omaha, 'But once you get beyond that, the tower would be a wonderful educational and entertainment facility. ’
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Postby S33 » Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:52 pm

I'm surprised nobody was willing to fund that given all the credibility within the web page. The renderings and name dropping sure sold me.


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Postby StreetsOfOmaha » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:05 pm

Wow, what a joke that was.

For some reason, and I guess this was because I was never interested in it as a serious proposal, I never realized that the Vortex was proposed for along the interstate between Omaha and Lincoln, which is an even more hair brained idea.
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Postby DTO Luv » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:19 pm

I don't think some sort of observation tower would be a bad idea for the CB side of the bridge down the road. Obviously something much less obtrusive but the views of the bridge, skyline, and bluffs would be great.
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Postby thenewguy » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:29 pm

DTO Luv wrote:I don't think some sort of observation tower would be a bad idea for the CB side of the bridge down the road. Obviously something much less obtrusive but the views of the bridge, skyline, and bluffs would be great.


DTO: I'm glad to see you posting!

and for what it's worth, i agree.  It'd be nice to have it near the narrows with a couple different levels so you could still get a good view of the river/natural surroundings and another for long range views.
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Postby almighty_tuna » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:13 pm

So...How about that Sarpy County...

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Postby Brad » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:15 pm

Good pull!
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Postby justnick » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:56 pm

Whereas Tapei apparently is getting this bit of awesomeness.
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Postby Linkin5 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:05 pm

Whats that project called? ^^^^

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Postby justnick » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:31 pm

Linkin5 wrote:Whats that project called? ^^^^

The tornado tower in tapei
http://plusmood.com/2009/03/tornado-tow ... us-wagner/

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Postby ShawJ » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:03 pm

justnick wrote:Whereas Tapei apparently is getting this bit of awesomeness.
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"Here's the final rendering, sir."

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Postby Big E » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:48 pm

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Postby Big E » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:48 pm

Is that the same pterodactyl that used to terrorize the pedestrian bridge?
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