Library Transformed for Modern Learning
University of Nebraska Lincoln
AIA Nebraska, 2021 Architecture Honor Award
The 54,000-SF renovation contains a library, café, gallery, presentation and reading rooms, project room, and a testing center. The project houses the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneur Center - an incubator studio that provides resources and collaboration space for students to test new and innovative ideas for start-up businesses. It also holds the Rural Futures Institute which mobilizes the diverse resources of the University of Nebraska and its partners to support rural communities and regions.
Connecting the Student Experience
The new transparent façade reveals the activities within the building and connects users to the outside environs. A three-story light well was cut into the center of the building and ringed with circulation and gathering spaces that enliven the overall experience of the building.
Strategically embedding emerging programs into the building, such as the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneur Program featured here, the Learning Commons becomes a centralized hub for additional activity.