Olsson Associates has grown steadily since the dawn of the new millennium.

The Lincoln-based engineering and design firm now has more than 1,100 employees, up from less than 300 in 2000, and it completed nearly 6,600 projects last year, about seven times more than the 973 it did in 2000.

Among the notable Lincoln projects it has worked on over the years are Antelope Valley, Pinnacle Bank Arena, SouthPointe Pavilions and development in the West Haymarket.

Olsson moved into a new corporate headquarters at 601 P St. in the West Haymarket in 2014, but it's also grown its presence outside of Lincoln and now has 28 offices in Nebraska and seven other states. Less than 300 of the 1,100 employees are based in Lincoln.

That growth has landed the company a coveted spot among the nation's largest design firms.

Olsson on Thursday announced that it's cracked the top 100 of Engineering News-Record's Top 500 Design Firms for the first time. The firm came in at 98, up from 106 in 2017. It is the only Lincoln-based firm on the list.

“It’s an honor to be ranked among the top 100 largest design firms in the nation, and it affirms that our strategy for growth, which is based on continually adding value to our clients, is the right one,” Brad Strittmatter, chairman and CEO of Olsson, said in a news release. “We reached the top 100 because we’ve invested in our people who in turn are invested in our clients by providing quality service in everything they do.”

Earlier this month, Olsson was named the Best Place to Work in Lincoln for 2018 among large employers.

Despite all its successes, the company continues to evolve and plan for the future. It named Strittmatter CEO last year, a role that had been vacant since 2011, and tasked him with doing more long-term strategic planning.

Olsson also earlier this month announced a new senior leadership team of 10 people, with several of those people based outside of Lincoln, to help implement the company's strategy and align efforts across its footprint.

“We’ve made a great deal of progress in a relatively short period of time, and many of our employees are now getting the opportunity to work on projects we once only dreamed of doing,” Ryan Beckman, president of Olsson, said in the news release. “And while we’re thrilled to have finally cracked ENR’s top 100, we’re committed to working hard to keep our momentum going.”

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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