Building design giant LEO A DALY hires retired Army colonel Richard Onken in its healthcare division

September 14, 2009 |

Omaha, Neb. – September 14, 2009 - Retired Lt. Col. Richard J. Onken has joined international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm LEO A DALY as senior healthcare planner and project manager. In his new role, Onken will provide project management, medical facilities programming, design, and master planning for hospital campuses throughout the country.

Onken, who served in the Air Force for over 20 years, most recently was the Chief of Healthcare Design for the Air Force Surgeon General and was based in Falls Church, Va. He led a team of health facility officers and healthcare professionals in the development and construction of major Air Force medical projects, with a total value of $2.7 billion. He also served as the surgeon general’s representative in the development of codes, criteria, and guide plates for military medical facilities. Prior to that position, Onken was a health facility planner for the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Baghdad, Iraq.

Onken received the Bronze Star Medal in 2005 and Meritorious Service Medals in 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2009. He has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University in Troy, Ala.


Established in 1915, LEO A DALY is an internationally renowned architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm. The company's portfolio includes award-winning projects in 65 countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. LEO A DALY currently employs more than 1,100 architects, planners, engineers and interior designers in 30 offices worldwide. The firm consistently ranks in the top 10 largest architecture, engineering and interior design firms in the U.S., and is listed in BD World Architecture’s top 30 global practices. For more information, visit

Projects by LEO A DALY include:

•              Alegent Health, Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, Neb.

•              Army-COE-Kansas City District-Irwin Community Hospital, Replacement Facility, Fort Riley, Kan.

•              Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System Hospital Seismic Upgrade, San Diego

•              Army COE-Omaha District, Fort Carson Soldier Family Care Center, Fort Carson, Colo.

•              State of Nebraska, Military Department, Armed Forces Readiness Center, Beatrice, Neb.

•              Mayo Hospital Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz.

•              Offutt Air Force Base, Control Tower, Bellevue, Neb. 


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