LEO A DALY's Omaha headquarters carries on a legacy of design excellence and innovation that goes back to our founding in 1915. We were one of the first firms to pioneer the use of interdisciplinary project teams to ensure maximum efficiency and client satisfaction. Since our founding, we have completed many of the major planning and design efforts throughout the Omaha Metropolitan Area, and expanded with projects all over the world. There isn’t a project type that we have not designed: from major hospitals, office towers, and museums, to modern corporate interiors, hybrid operating rooms, and remote sites for climate-change research. We believe in designing to enhance the environment and enrich the human experience.
Chris Johnson, AIA, LEED AP
Vice President; Managing Principal
Omaha, NE 68114-4039
Christopher J. Johnson, AIA, LEED AP
Chris leads project strategies, client relationships and investments across our Omaha studio. Three decades of architecture and construction experience inform his focus on core tenets of our work, such as design excellence, client service and developing effective leadership and teams.
Clients, friends and colleagues know Chris for his ability to unite individuals aimed at a common goal. His vision and expertise have shaped, and continue to shape, many of the region’s defining projects.
Chris is a past president of the Omaha chapter of the American Institute of Architects and stays active with local organizations, such as the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council.
Nancy M. Melby, PE, SE, LEED AP
Director of Operations
Nancy leads day-to-day operations across our Omaha studio. Her leadership has contributed to successful projects for many of our clients during the past 14 years. She joined the office in 2005 as a structural engineer and advanced to project manager. Ultimately, Nancy led a team of 31 architects, engineers, interior designers and planners before becoming the Omaha studio's director of operations.
Nancy’s focus on precision, combined with her approachability, make her a welcome member of regional industry organizations as well. She stays active with the Structural Engineers Association of Nebraska and is a past board member. Nancy sits on multiple advisory committees for the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Her contributions earned Nancy the school’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2018. She is also a Midlands Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipient.
Jason’s business development strategy finds its roots in his people-first philosophy. He’s helped build client relationships and implement market strategies in the Omaha region for nearly a decade. Recent projects that resulted from his work include the historic Blackstone Hotel renovation and the Ruth Scott Training Center.
A native of Omaha, Jason spent the early years of his career developing successful strategies on the West Coast and in the Southeastern United States. Since joining LEO A DALY four years ago, he has quickly earned a reputation for innovative problem solving, internally and among clients. His leadership draws on proven strategies for management of resources and relationships, and he brings to clients diverse project experience across many markets and services.
When Jason is not working, he spends time with his wife and four kids.
Denise L. Allacher, PE, CBCP, LEED AP, WELL AP
Senior Commissioning Agent
Denise leads our commissioning services team and brings to clients the full scope of knowledge requisite to the effective commissioning and retro commissioning of all types of buildings. A mechanical engineer by background, she helps identify strategies to enhance the sustainability of all building subsystems, and thereby reduce the operating and maintenance cost of ownership.
Denise has designed innovative solutions for clients for 25 years. In 2018, she co-authored the “Sustainability Sweet Spot” published in Medical Construction and Design. She is a graduate of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Omaha Class 38, and the University of Nebraska Omaha has recognized her as Architectural Engineering Industry Mentor of the Year.
Past president of the Nebraska chapters of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), Denise's community leadership continues after work as well. She volunteers much of her free time to better the lives of Nebraska foster children, and she serves on boards designed to improve the foster-care system.
Kimberly R. Cowman, PE, LEED AP, HFDP
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer
Kim leads our Omaha healthcare engineering team. During her 17 years in the industry, all of them with LEO A DALY, Kim has led mechanical design for large military and university healthcare campuses and smaller, critical-access hospitals. Her projects include the award-winning Sidney Regional Medical Center and Fort Riley Irwin Army Community Hospital. Clients know her for outstanding engagement with stakeholders, such as surgeons and facility managers, to designing custom solutions that ensure efficient operations and maintenance.
Kim earned the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Durham School of Architectural Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a regular guest-lecturer at the University of Nebraska and a mentor to its engineering students. She sits on the Certifications Committee for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and her work continues to help set standards for our engineers firmwide. Kim also doubles as a mother of two kids, ages 2 and 5, and she participates in golf and bowling leagues.
Jonathan A. Fliege, AIA, NCARB
Director of Design
With more than 25 years of design experience, Jon serves as our Omaha design leader. Some of his hand drawings have gone on to become regional icons you might recognize, including the tallest building between Denver and Chicago. A versatile architect, Jon’s work is most recognized in corporate/commercial buildings and healthcare-facility markets. His thought leadership has been published in Healthcare Design Magazine and Medical Construction & Design Magazine.
Jon stays active with the American Institute of Architects and sits on the executive board for Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation. When he’s not working on home improvements or coaching his daughter’s softball team, he enjoys hunting with his bird dog Tucker.
Heather E. Robbins, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, WELL AP
Senior Interior Designer
Heather’s designs marry technical and aesthetic considerations across all building types. You may have experienced her designs in Omaha at the Cobalt Credit Union headquarters or CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Campus. With 15 years in the industry, she recently led a 500,000-SF commercial interior renovation of multiple buildings on an aggressive schedule.
Our clients praise Heather's problem-solving, cost-effective eye toward sustainability and her visual harmonies, not to mention her approachable personality. She brings to each project attention to detail and a forward-thinking strategy for programming, space planning and selection of finishes, equipment and furniture.
Heather has been published in Healthcare Design Magazine and her corporate work has won multiple design awards from the Nebraska/Iowa chapter of the International Interior Design Association.
Among co-workers, she is famous for her Halloween costumes.