Creighton University, Hixson-Lied Science Building

Omaha, Nebraska

  • FIRM

    HDR Architecture


    Creighton University

  • AREA

    110,000 sq.ft.





The Hixson-Lied Science Building serves as the new “front door” to Creighton University’s integrated science complex. The 110,000-square-foot, six-story facility provides much-needed classrooms, teaching labs and office space for the university’s science program, and includes almost half of all undergraduate enrollment.

Building objectives:

•To house additional ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$136.36FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio updated classrooms, labs, and lounge and office space on a crowded urban campus.

•To be a recruiting tool for new students.

•To establish a new design standard for the campus.

•To become a national template for undergraduate science education by creating interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

As a result, numerous interactive learning areas allow faculty and students to work in small groups.

Because of the lower ceiling heights required from adjoining buildings, the six-story atrium helps alleviate the “compressed” feeling of the floors, as does the reflective lighting in common areas surrounding the atrium. The view up the six-story glass atrium is inspiring; the downward view to the atrium’s terrazzo floor also was designed to impress. The grand mosaic is a depiction of an atom, its “electrons” colorful medallions representing all of the university’s colleges and schools.