Doane College, Lied Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Facility

Crete, Nebraska

  • FIRM

    Davis Design


    Doane College

  • AREA

    60,000 sq.ft.





The wooded, hilly terrain, streams, ponds and open vistas make the Doane College campus a memorable experience.

The new Lied Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Facility was constructed in an open area within a heavily wooded ravine. The building brings together the departments of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics and computer science, all part ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$147.60CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio the natural-sciences division but currently scattered across campus.

The building layout is a result of the following needs: Faculty offices need to be close to laboratories and classrooms; natural light needs to be available for all spaces; visual connection from inside out; the building should respond to and become one with the site; the orientation, layout and design must be compatible with the campus master plan; informal spaces throughout the facility need to foster spontaneous student/faculty interaction.

Functional needs led to an L-shaped building connected at the ends of each leg of the L. The laboratory and office spaces occupy the L, and shared and interactive spaces inhabit the connecting link.

"Perfect setting for a natural-sciences learning environment...the angular shapes and use of various types of wood blend well."—2000 Architectural Portfolio Jury

Photographer: ©Paul Brokering