University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska at OmahaOmaha, Neb.
First occupied in 1970, the HPER Building has been a constant workhorse, but it also was defined by long narrow corridors and program spaces devoid of natural light. The renovation and expansion created a highly functional facility with properly sized program spaces and controlled daylighting virtually everywhere. The building now encompasses the “canyon,” a physical passageway through the building that shelters pedestrians crossing campus while also visually exposing many of the program spaces, including the main lobby, the juice bar, the climbing wall, the MAC, gymnasia and the jogging track.
The project involved expanding the building in all directions, which has led to growth in numerous wellness-related programs, including virtually all facets of student recreation, intramural sports, injury prevention and care, and outdoor adventure programs.
Exterior renovations intentionally broke stride from the old, creating a strong visual icon for UNO’s north campus. Featuring brick, highly transparent glass and visually neutral aluminum wall panels, the entire facility fits well into the architectural context of the campus. The overall aesthetic presentation is especially bold at night. Because of the highly transparent exterior skin, the building radiates light, activity and excitement.
Project DetailsArchitect: RDG Planning & Design; Des Moines, Iowa
Construction Cost: $32.5 million
Square Feet: 242,890
Occupancy: October 2010
Basketball: Connor Sport Court
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.
Cardiovascular Equipment: True Fitness
Cardiovascular Equipment: Woodway
Cardiovascular Equipment: Star Trac
Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Cardiovascular Equipment: Stairmaster
Climbing Walls: Eldorado Climbing Walls
Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Inc.
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Free-Weight Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Free-Weight Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems
Lockers: Penco Products Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Strength Equipment: Intek Strength
Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Inc.
Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Inc.
Washers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.