Highly visible from all directions, composed of a precast concrete skin on a steel skeleton and featuring a transparent main entrance and crowned atrium, the Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology & Engineering (IST&E) building truly is a unique architectural expression. The striking aesthetics and innovative structural elements make COST PER SQ FT$138.02FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio 192,000-square-foot, three-story building radiate with intense energy.
The reccurring themes of strong geometry and transparency appear as you walk the corridors, spaces and grounds. The structurally suspended glass throughout the central atrium and main entrance invites visitors to view all within. The College of Engineering and Technology and the College of Information Science Technology are intertwined by a 45-degree angle via a triangular atrium that serves a distinctive axis, sweeping the eye upward to the balconied spaces and skylight crown. Looking up through this central shaft of the building, the triangle theme is distinctly evident.
The transparency of the architecture throughout the building reinforces the idea of the building as a teaching lab. Electrical, mechanical and structural systems are exposed to create a hands-on teaching environment that crosses traditional boundaries and encourages collaboration across disciplines. The visible superstructure features exposed connections and cross-bracing to both represent and reflect the purpose of the building.
Photographer: ©Paul Brokering