Jackie D. Gaughan Multicultural Center15th & "S" St.
Lincoln, NE 68588
Design Achievement – The Jackie D. Gaughan Multicultural Center supports the University of Nebraska’s goal to recruit and retain minority students. Located adjacent to the Student Union, this facility builds on a growing hub of student activities on campus. It increases student exposure to programs and services that specifically foster understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. DLR Group’s design team developed a façade that creates visual connections between the interior and exterior while metaphorically representing the idea of fitting into a larger community yet retaining a unique identity. The building weaves the colonial design of the campus together with more contemporary ribbons of window wall instead of traditional punched windows. This glazing combined with a transparent entry encourages and welcomes students into the building. A grand spiral staircase openly unites all three levels of open spaces that encourage connection and interaction.
Scope Summary – The scope of work for this project involved the new construction of a 34,313 SF, 3-story building. The rectangular structure has the brick, limestone, and vertical column colonial elements with a serpentine curtain wall. The design team solved challenges with code requirements concerning the 3-story spiral staircase by using glass to create smoke separation. DLR Group was the Architect of Record in association with Moody Nolan, Inc. as design consultant. DLR Group provided architecture; structural, mechanical and electrical engineering; interiors; project management; and contract administration for the project.