University of Nebraska at Omaha

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University of Nebraska at Omaha

Omaha, Neb. 2011

Project Description

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 Details

Architect: 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.

Dryers: Huebsch

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: Intek Strength

Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Track: Mondo

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Inc.

Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Inc.

Washers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.