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As architects, we know the value of taking pride in your built environment, and we strive to create and preserve that pride. Since 1977, Berggren Architects has had the honor of preserving Nebraska’s finest architecture.

Today, we work in preservation and restoration, new sustainable construction, and consulting for all building types from churches and museums to courthouses and private residences.

Jerry L. Berggren, aia

Jerry L. Berggren, aia

Principal

Jerry Berggren founded the firm in 1977 in Lincoln, Nebraska and has since then been dedicated to the preservation of Nebraska’s finest architecture. The 1983 Jobs Bill was the milestone which introduced the firm to its most significant building type, the historic county courthouse. A project to improve the thermal efficiency of the windows at the Johnson County Courthouse in Tecumseh also initiated Berggren’s concern for energy conservation and an ongoing commitment to sustainable design.

In 1986, Jerry’s “Courthouse Trail” proposal to the state was approved. The Courthouse Trail experience solidified two career-long relationships with the Nebraska Energy Office and the Nebraska Association of County Officials. He continued to serve Nebraska’s county clients and in 2002 he became the recipient of the Honors Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This achievement was Berggren’s first nationally recognized award.

Today, Jerry Berggren has expanded his firm and employs professionals with abilities in historic preservation, architecture, interior design, sustainability, master planning and more. The future will undoubtedly hold more unexpected opportunities and challenges. He looks forward to each of those and you are invited to contact him directly regarding the architectural challenges you face.

Meet Our Team

Doug Elting

Doug Elting

Architectural Mentor

Doug entered the profession in 1970 as a draftsman and progressed to become a prominent healthcare architect in the Midwest, with licensure in six states. He then later opened his partner firm, Visions in Architecture. Doug now works part-time at Berggren Architects as an architectural mentor, using his experience to guide and support other team members.

 

Mike Dixon, faia

Mike Dixon, faia

Preservation Architect

Mike is an experienced Historic Preservation Architect licensed in several Midwestern States. He owned his own firm in Illinois for nearly 30 years. Mike now works full-time at the Berggren Architects Cheyenne, WY office as a preservation consultant for HDR Architecture on the Wyoming State Capitol restoration project.

Current Projects: Wyoming State Capitol- Restoration

 

Steve Severson, aia assoc.

Steve Severson, aia assoc.

Project Manager

Steve began work in the field of architecture in 2007 as a draftsman in Norfolk, NE. In 2011, Steve moved to Lincoln to pursue a degree in Architecture from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Steve now holds a master’s degree in Architecture and works as a Project Manager at Berggren Architects.

Current Projects: Saline County Courthouse- Addition                                                                               York County Courthouse- Addition                                                                                   Historic Ferguson Mansion- Porch Reconstruction 

 

Jake Geisert, aia assoc.

Jake Geisert, aia assoc.

Project Manager

Jake is farm-raised in Ogallala, Nebraska and has a deep construction & carpentry background along with many years of experience working in architectural firms. Jake holds a master’s degree in Architecture and now works as a Project Manager at Berggren Architects.

Current Projects: Sherman County Courthouse- Terra Cotta Restoration                                               Wayne County Courthouse- Masonry Tuckpointing                                                       Historic Kennard House- Ballustrades and Porches

 

Jessica Larsen

Jessica Larsen

Architectural Intern

Jessica was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and is currently a third-year student in the architecture program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She works part-time as an architectural intern. Jessica is bilingual in Spanish, helping the firm take on more inclusive projects. Jessica sees herself pursuing a career in Historic Preservation.

Current Projects: Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Ashland                                                         Nebraska Capitol Campus Area Master Plan

 

Greyson McCown

Greyson McCown

Architectural Intern

Greyson is currently a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He grew up in a family that does house flipping, so he knows the value of bringing new life to old structures. Greyson works part-time at Berggren Architects as an intern.

 

Janet Jeffries

Janet Jeffries

Architectural Historian

Janet has a career history as an educator, writer, and researcher in the field of historical and architectural preservation. She currently works as the College Historian for Doane College in Crete, NE and is the Curator for the Crete Heritage Society. Janet is currently employed as the firm’s Architectural/Preservation Historian.

Current Projects: Wayne County Courthouse- Historic Tax Credit Application

 

Large Firm Projects

Our firm is involved in a wide range of projects from small historic houses to large public buildings in nearly every corner of Nebraska. We are also starting to reach beyond to other states, such as our involvement with the Wyoming State Capitol restoration effort.

Small Firm Culture

At Berggren Architects, we can offer an efficient, cordial work environment right in the heart of Downtown, Lincoln. Staff members young and old will get access to a variety of exciting historic projects!