Belle Ryan Elementary School

Omaha, Nebraska

  • FIRM

    BCDM Architects


    Omaha Public Schools

  • AREA

    73,950 sq.ft.





Design team: Robert Mabrey, Ricardo Camio, Kevin Strehle

BCDM collaborated with Belle Ryan’s Educational Specification Committee to design a new facility. They envisioned a “future ready” school that presents a new identity to the community as well as cutting-edge, collaborative learning environments for students.
The site presented the first challenge; a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY624COST PER SQ FT$210.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio slope and small footprint allowed for a split-level school and provided the opportunity for a two-entrance solution that separates and alleviates morning and afternoon traffic. The main entrance services the parent drop-off, and the lower entrance services the bus drop-off. The two entrances are tied together with a large learning stair that activates the space and encourages informal learning opportunities. This dynamic double-volume space serves as the heart of the school and creates a sense of openness and connection between floor and rooms.
The classroom wing was set at an angle in reference to the main building entrance to give the entry a greater presence from 60th Street. Belle Ryan features a STEM Lab that focuses and promotes science, technology, engineering and math for young minds.