Metropolitan Community College, Sarpy Center/La Vista Public Library

La Vista, Nebraska

This facility meets the civic functions of both a suburban community college campus and a city library. The building’s entry points are joined by a central commons space that soars 60 feet into the La Vista skyline. This drum is capped by an ornate skylight and achieves the separation of the two building functions, while serving as the facility’s strongest ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$113.80CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized element.

The facility also includes: The Sarpy Center, a two-story structure that houses classrooms, computer laboratories, a distance-learning center, electronics laboratory and bookstore; a joint-use library that opens two stories to provide natural lighting; a shared meeting room for 200 with associated kitchen facilities; a geothermal heat-exchange system containing 312 loops probing 135 feet into the groundwater; an extensive raceway system and grid of underfloor ducts for power and voice/data throughout the library; use of brick, terrazzo and cast stone to facilitate maintenance and durability. A significant portion of the building has a sloped roof and uses metal roofing materials; and passive security systems.

"Well-thought-out project...a durable and easy-to-maintain structure."—2000 Architectural Portfolio jury

Note: Total cost includes site and equipment.

Photographer: ©Tom Kessler