Olsson Roof Patio


Olsson Roof Patio

Sinclair Hille Architects was selected to design a small rooftop pavilion for Olsson’s Lincoln Nebraska headquarters.  The existing roof patio on the 3rd level of the building had been completed as part of the original design but lacked covering or any enclosed space cool enough in the summer months for gatherings and other social events.

There were several challenges involved.  Providing shade for people to enjoy the outdoors was one of the primary motivators for the project, so the sun’s path in the sky had to be studied and mapped to identify where covering(s) would be the most effective.  It was also required that some of the seating be protected from both the sun and the rain, which suggested exploring deeper overhangs along the edges of the pavilion.  Lastly, the rooftop patio had a less-than desirable view in one direction and it would be the job of the new pavilion to screen that view, and buffer some of the neighboring traffic noise.

The completed addition is remarkable.  The new interior social space includes seating for about 30 people, a large multi-purpose kitchen, and is connected with all the technology needed to host all kinds of groups – whether a business meeting or a social gathering.  The pavilion is made durable and cleanable with glass, concrete and all-season furnishings throughout, but is also warmed by the natural beauty of wood on the walls and in the ceiling.

The design balances the obligations into a simple, attractive, and highly functional addition that goes beyond the stated needs for the project, adds real value to the existing building and enhances everyone’s experience with the outdoors. 


I enjoyed working with SHA on the Canopy Street Project.  It was a very complex project which required both large scale design thought as well as a focus on small details. Their professionalism impressed me as well as all of the other clients in the project from restaurants, to hotel operations through condo buyers, SHA continued to move the project forward and solve problems with all in mind.  As a licensed architect myself I really appreciated their willingness to partner with me and listen to my design ideas while improving the direction time and time again. Quite simply, Canopy Street would not have been nearly as successful without SHA’s talented staff.

Brett West