Science Education Center, Central Community College|
Wilkins Hinrichs Stober Architects LLC
2908 West 39th Street, #A, Kearney, NE 68845
Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
Date Bid: Jan 2009 Construction Period: Feb 2009 to July
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.
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
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.
Metal Wall Panels: Dri-Design Brick: Endicott Clay Products
Exposed Parra-Lam Trusses, Turnbuckle Metal Trusses: iLevel Trus Joist
EPDM Roof: Mule-Hide Products Co., Inc. Ceilings: Armstrong Skylights:
Aluminum Frames: Kawneer Carpet: Mannington, Shaw
Colored Acrylic Panel Trellis: 3form Geothermal Loop Field: Performance
Valve Vault: Isco Industries Geothermal Heat Pumps: McQuay
Geothermal Water to Water Heat Pump: Heat Harvester Energy Recovery
Air Units: Venmar Direct Digital Control System: Alerton