Aksarben Village Plaza

Creating the Perfect Social Gathering Spot

Omaha, NE
Completed: 2020


Aksarben Village Plaza is part of a planned multi-use development built on the historic grounds of the 1919 AK-Sar-Ben (Nebraska spelled backwards) Horse Racetrack and Coliseum. The area is now home to Aksarben Village with a cinema, shopping, businesses and restaurants, with short and long-term living spaces. The goal of the Aksarben Village Plaza was to make an open-air plaza that was both user friendly for day-time visitors from the businesses and restaurants, along with a safe and welcoming spot in the evening hours for the residents nearby. 

Wausau Tile's Our Town helped create a space with a flexible design component for an already finished space. The smooth, rounded surface of Our Town benches with acid wash finish and a combination of colors provides a fabric friendly surface. The long term low maintenance of precast and sheer weight of concrete was sure to keep each piece in place and always ready to use. The modular design of the Our Town collection allowed for pod space designed for "together yet apart” social distancing or for small groups and family gatherings. The addition of the WS5161 Star Bench with polished top was a key design feature that added geometric diversity and a nice visual element when viewed from the surrounding upper floors. The final result, "Looks as good as anticipated!” Kris Moore, Project Manager.


  • Designer - McNeil Company
  • Property Management - Magnum Development Corp