The University of Nebraska Omaha has a goal of creating housing communities that integrate learning into daily life, support academic success and nurture campus connections. Achieving these goals requires an increase in the number of beds available on campus as well as a more diverse offering of housing types.
To align housing with its “student first” Mission, Vision and Value Statements, the University engaged Hastings+Chivetta Architects to administer a student survey and perform peer benchmarking, assessment of off-campus providers and campus stakeholder meetings.
Among 10 institution peers, the University of Nebraska Omaha is the only institution that does not offer double rooms with common space shared by floor residents. To achieve peer parity, the University requires more sociable housing that supports the formation of closer living communities for various student groups, including freshman, Greeks, international and honors.
Hastings+Chivetta provided a Housing Master Plan that included two phases of work: A multi-story housing unit on the north Dodge Campus and a new apartment complex on the south Pacific Campus near the College of Engineering and Technology.
On the Dodge campus, the design team recommends adaptive reuse for the east Caniglia Field spectator bleachers that are no longer used (UNO eliminated its football program during its transition to Division I). The team explored alternatives for housing development on the bleacher site with the preferred concept providing two buildings connected by an elevated courtyard with an outdoor gathering space that also functions as a spectator overlook for soccer competition. The units are primarily semi-private suites with one bath per four beds and an approximate total bed count of 285. Shared floor amenities include lounge, quiet study, laundry and student commons. The building fenestration replicates the verticality of the historical Arts & Sciences Building on campus with a more modern architectural expression.
The proposed Pacific Campus housing includes two residential structures (276 beds and 300 beds respectively) and a parking garage. The proposed new parking garage replaces lost parking displaced by the new residential buildings and provides a net gain of 118 spaces.