Metropolitan Community College, Construction Education Center

Omaha, Nebraska

  • FIRM

    BCDM Architects

  • CLIENT

    Metropolitan Community College

  • AREA

    99,344 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $20,360,112.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    5/2017

Associated Firms: Lamp Rynearson (Civil Engineering, Landscape Architect), Morrissey Engineering Inc. (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering), Nielsen-Baumert Engineering Inc. (Structural Engineering), C&C Consultants (Acoustical Engineering), The Sextant Group (AV/ IT and Security Consultant), Kiewit Building Group (Construction Manager), Holland Basham ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$205.00CITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio (Executive Architect)

BCDM designed the Construction Education Center, a building that brings together all construction-related programs under one roof. The programs, which had been spread between two other campuses, include Architectural Design, Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Plumbing and HVAC. The building layout was designed to create an atmosphere similar to an active work site. The result is unprecedented fusion and work flow for the programs.
This cutting-edge facility serves as a learning tool as it displays building systems in a way that provides students with a unique, firsthand perspective of the trades they are pursuing. Plumbing chases in the walls, electrical power and distribution, and ceiling HVAC systems are all cleverly exposed with glass and showcased with graphics to describe the system assemblies. Multiple spaces with tables are placed throughout the building for students to do homework, work on group projects and to collaborate with students from other programs. The largest lab, the Capstone Lab, situated at the center of the building, encompasses 4,700 square feet and is two stories tall.