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Hall Student Union at Central Community College - Hastings, Nebraska

Architect: Wilkins Architecture Design Planning, LLC

Posted: December 27, 2022 | Projects

The Hall Student Union of Central Community College is a 42,000-square-foot remodel/new addition for their Hastings Campus. Central Community College (CCC) approached Wilkins ADP about providing a design that would revamp their existing student union and cafeteria, provide a showcase space for the campus, and enhance student life and activities.

Photograph courtesy of Paul Brokering

The historic Hastings Campus is located on the former U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot built in the 1940s and occupies several of the original structures — all of colonial-style architecture. 

This project had several unique design challenges, the first in that it was remodeling and connecting two separate buildings, with one building being the original mess hall from 1942 and the other being a 1980’s postmodern building. The two buildings are separated by approximately 40 feet.

Wilkins ADP approached the design for the “link” that would connect the two buildings to be clean and minimal so not to compete with either of the original styles, but also act as a mediator when connecting the two separate structures. 

The link is composed mostly of limestone veneer, a common material found on campus, and a custom steel curtain wall that allows daylight and views throughout. 

On the 1940’s side, existing ceilings and framing were removed to expose original wood trusses, and new aluminum clad wood windows replaced infills, opening the windows back to their original size and style. 

The space still operates as the cafeteria, but without the old buffet lines and rows of tables. They were replaced with new themed stations, including Hearth Stone, a showcase pizza oven, and several seating styles and options ranging from large community tables to smaller intimate booths. 

On the 1980’s side, an aluminum storefront was used to provide natural daylight deeper into spaces. Dynamic ceiling designs and bright colors were used to attract and stimulate student activity. A very popular feature is a snack bar that provides coffee, snacks, and meal options outside the designated cafeteria times. 

In the basement is the Cottonwood Room, a large assembly space equipped with the latest audio/visual technology that allows for large group presentations and movie nights for the student body.

Another challenge the design team faced was developing a construction phasing schedule that allows the college to continue operating a cafeteria for their students. This largely affected the approach when replacing the existing utilities – originally two separate facilities into one large facility.

Two separate, non-code compliant fire protection systems were replaced with one large service-sized system to serve the entire facility. The plumbing system required a major overhaul that included new sanitary waste, grease waste, domestic hot/cold water and storm water systems.

The existing HVAC system was antiquated and provided limited zones of temperature control, so a new horizontal geothermal loopfield system, paired with a heat recovery chiller, air handling units, variable air volume terminal units with hot water reheat coils, pumps and associated accessories were added. 

In addition, all new exhaust hoods, fans, and a makeup air unit were installed to serve the new kitchen/cooking areas.

Electrical work included removing all existing electrical systems throughout, and installing new power as required to accommodate the new lighting and mechanical system loads. Surge protection devices were provided at new panels to increase the power quality for branch circuits and electronic devices used in the facility.

As part of a college standard, all new lighting is energy efficient LED with various types of controls, include occupancy sensor, daylighting harvetsing, and dimming.


Wilkins Architecture Design Planning, LLC
2908 W. 39th Street, #A, Kearney, NE 68845

Structural Engineer 
Lange Structural Group
3616 Potomac Lane, Lincoln, NE 68516

Mechanical Engineer
Farris Engineering
12700 W. Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154

Electrical Engineer
Alvine Engineering
1102 Douglas on the Mall, Omaha, NE 68102

Civil & Landscape Engineer
Big Muddy Workshop
4502 S. 42nd Street, Omaha, NE 68107

General Contractor
Lacy Construction Company
P.O. Box 188, Grand Island, NE 68802

Food Service
ai David Haller Architects, Inc.
3328 Yosemite Avenue, S., Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

Location: Hastings, Nebraska
Date Bid: Oct 2013
Construction Period: Feb 2014 to Aug 2015
Total Square Feet: 42,075  Site: 160 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two. 
Building Sizes: Basement, 14,700; first floor, 27,375; total, 42,075 square feet. 
Building Height: Basement, 12'; first floor, 17'; total, 20'. 
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the November/December 2022 issue of DCD