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  Health Science Education Center, Central Community CollegeHealth Science Education Center, Central Community College


Wilkins Hinrichs Stober Architects LLC
2908 West 39th Street, #A, Kearney, NE 68845

General Description

Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
Date Bid: Jan 2009 Construction Period: Feb 2009 to July 2010
Total Square Feet: 44,194 Site: 10 acres
Number of Buildings: One addition, 16 classrooms
Building Size: First floor, 44,194; total, 44,194 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 22’; total, 22’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Post & Beam with Metal Stud Infill.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall, metal panel. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, interior brick, metal panel.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Performance Engineering - 4940 N. 118th Street, #200, Omaha, NE 68164
General Contractor: Hausmann Construction, Inc. - 8545 Executive Woods Drive, #1, Lincoln, NE 68512
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: KRS Engineering - 11620 Arbor Street, #100, Omaha, NE 68144

The Health Science Education Center for Central Community College (CCC) is a 44,000-square-foot addition to their Grand Island, Nebraska Campus. CCC approached Wilkins Hinrichs Stober Architects about designing a facility that would house their Science and Nursing programs. It was their desire to build a high-tech learning facility that would promote health education in Central Nebraska.

The facility was designed with two large lecture halls and several universal classrooms that are shared by several programs throughout the campus. These rooms are equipped with distance learning equipment and cameras that allow students from other satellite campuses throughout Central Nebraska to participate via live video and audio. The facility also houses several simulation labs that are designed to simulate actual health care facilities. These include a pediatric simulation lab as well as an emergency medical services simulation lab. Other features that are included in this new health science education center are state-of-the-art chemistry, biology, and physical science laboratories equipped with the latest technology and equipment.

A favorite feature of the students is the commons area, an intimate lounge and study space located in the heart of the building. Exposed wood beams, turnbuckle roof trusses, numerous skylights and contemporary soft seating create a warm, bright place for students to relax, study and interact.

The CCC board has recently pledged to promote sustainability by signing the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and have committed to building energy efficient, low maintenance buildings. The building was designed with a number of sustainable features, the most prominent of which is a geothermal well field used to heat and cool the building. One of the design objectives for the new facility was to integrate some of the exterior finishes into the larger interior areas of the building. This integration was accomplished by using brick and metal wall panels in the interior corridors of the building. The exterior finishes in the interior spaces promote durability and low maintenance. Another prominent design feature is the polished black concrete floors throughout all of the corridors providing a gleaming, low maintenance, sustainable floor system. All of these design features make for a visually stimulating interior that promotes student ownership in their new learning environment.

Product Information
Metal Wall Panels: Dri-Design Brick: Endicott Clay Products
Exposed Parra-Lam Trusses, Turnbuckle Metal Trusses: iLevel Trus Joist Corporation
EPDM Roof: Mule-Hide Products Co., Inc. Ceilings: Armstrong Skylights: Kalwall
Aluminum Frames: Kawneer Carpet: Mannington, Shaw
Colored Acrylic Panel Trellis: 3form Geothermal Loop Field: Performance Pipe
Valve Vault: Isco Industries Geothermal Heat Pumps: McQuay
Geothermal Water to Water Heat Pump: Heat Harvester Energy Recovery Ventilation
Air Units: Venmar Direct Digital Control System: Alerton

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