University of Nebraska Medical Center, Durham Research Center

Omaha, Nebraska

  • FIRM

    HDR Architecture

  • CLIENT

    University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • AREA

    289,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $77,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    11/2003

Classrooms in the Durham Research Center were designed to meet the needs of large, multi-discipline health-profession classes, as well as health-sciences education activities and special programs.

In addition to its 116 laboratories, the building has 17 class/seminar spaces throughout the facility. Near the first-floor main entry are a tiered 319-seat auditorium, a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMResearch Facility DesignCOST PER SQ FT$266.44FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms 54-seat classroom and two other classrooms. The tiered spaces are configured in a horseshoe shape, with the instructor surrounded by seating on three sides. This gives all students an optimum view of the front of the classroom.

High technology plays an important role in the Durham Research Center auditorium and classrooms. Larger spaces are geared toward distance learning, and classroom proceedings can be broadcast to other campuses in the University of Nebraska system. In the auditorium, both instructor/presenter and students/participants have microphones. In addition, the instructor has a touchpad control at the podium to operate sophisticated audiovisual equipment.

Smaller classrooms are on six of the other seven floors. All rooms are adjacent to elevator lobbies for easy access.