Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC) aims to connect the talents of experts, companies and the University of Nebraska to create a unique culture of innovation. As a research campus, NIC is designed to facilitate new and in-depth partnerships between the University and the private sector, align core research strengths with practical and technical expertise and provide more employment opportunities for University of Nebraska graduates in the State. NIC is adjacent to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and strategically provides access to research faculty, facilities and students. When buildout is complete, NIC will be a 2.2 million square foot campus with uniquely designed buildings and amenities that inspire create activity and engagement and transform ideas into global innovation. NIC strives to tbe the most sustainable research and technology campus in the United States.
Phase One of campus construction involved 380,000 SF of renovation and new construction including renovation of two 100-year-old buildings, new construction of an 80,000 SF Wet Lab, and 65,000 SF of office building. Part of the former 4-H Building has been reconstructed into the NIC Conference Center, a unique full-service conference center providing multi-functional meeting and collaboration space for 400 participants. The first tenants on campus opened their offices in late 2014. Phase Two began in late 2016 with the construction of The Rise at Innovation Campus – an 80,000 SF mixed-use office building designed with an open concept to quickly adapt to future needs.
Lincoln, NE 380,000 square feet
After a decade of working in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) as an investor and developer, Zach formed Goldenrod Companies in October 2005 to oversee his own portfolio of assets. Since his retirement from the NFL in 2007 after a 12-year career, Zach has led the acquisition and development of over $2.3 Billion in CRE, currently overseeing $1.1Billion of Assets Under Management (AUM). He began his pursuit of growing his newly formed CRE investment company to focus on creating the best outcomes for investors in the Central US markets.
In 2016, Zach decided to bring his proven track record to the Fund Management sector. Building upon his previous successes, Zach continues to always look at CRE through the eyes of the investor to maximize returns. To oversee this endeavor, Zach started Goldenrod Capital Advisors (GCA) to manage a series of real estate debt and equity funds in conjunction with strategic partners. GCA is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and oversees two closed-end real estate funds with approximately $300 million of capital commitments
Zach attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he studied economics. In 1994, he was voted Captain by his peers of the undefeated University of Nebraska National Championship football team, while also being awarded the Outland Trophy, an award given to the best interior lineman in the nation. In 2016, Zach was nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame.
Zach is very proud of the philanthropic endeavors in his community and focuses the majority of his efforts on the health and education of future generations. Zach has served, or is currently serving, on many non-profit boards and has chaired events for The Salvation Army’s DJ’s Hero Awards, The United Way, The Omaha North Magnet STEM School, The Boy Scouts of America, and The Teammates Foundation, along with many other non-profit organizations. Zach is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Nebraska.