BVH Architecture is a purpose-driven design practice committed to an immersive and collaborative creative process. We seek to create architecture which enhances and inspires the community in which it serves. BVH Architecture has engaged in the design and preservation of our built environment through the practices of architectural design, interior architecture and planning since 1968. Our studio locations in Omaha and Lincoln are home to 53 staff dedicated to transforming lives by pursuing our passion to create places of wonder. A visit to one of our design studios illustrates the creative and collaborative design culture we embrace. We utilize an open and energetic environment which allows a unique approach to projects with the collective knowledge of everyone in the studio, and we encourage our clients and the community to engage with us in our design
pursuits. Building consensus with committees, constituents and boards is second nature and inherent to our culture. We believe in transforming lives by pursuing our passion to create places of wonder. At the core of our design practice lies the desire to do more with built environments than meet minimum requirements. How can we create spaces that actually transform a person’s life? Every project seeks to answer a question which furthers the practice of architecture, betters our communities and provides inspiring design to our clients. It’s our conviction that this vision can only be achieved by focusing on our Core Beliefs:
A COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE We go beyond building design and invest in our community through an authentic, collaborative and meaningful dialogue. We’re interested in the multiplicity of voices—not just our own—to build consensus among everyone involved and impacted by our projects. THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE Our practice draws inspiration from immersive research and investigation—we love to learn. As a result, our projects respond to the context of their place, material and time. A SENSE OF WONDER We believe design excellence combines the tenets of function, economy, performance and beauty. When these tenets converge, our projects have the chance to inspire, creating a sense of wonder.
EAGLE RIDGE STUDENT HOUSING Emerging from the rolling hills of northwestern Nebraska, three structures rest along the eastern edge of Chadron State College, separating the campus from the expansive short-grass prairie. Utilizing forms reminiscent of local homes and typical agrarian architecture, the small-scale units draw heavily on the established visual language of the region. Students are welcomed into interior public spaces with distant views of the Pine Ridge, the expansive sky and the adjacent campus mall. Natural daylight floods the living spaces yet is controlled throughout the seasons by generous overhangs and windows recessed within the walls. The continuous roof rising from the ground visually anchors each building to the earth, and landscaping indigenous to the region surrounds the complex to situate the homes in a recognizable setting.
In the evening, interior light permeates at specific intervals, illuminating the countryside like a beaconâ€”a light on a hill. The treatment of student housing as a neighborhood creates an atmosphere of protection and safety that is not only aesthetically charged and beautifully set into the surrounding landscape but is also vital in fostering strong, lasting relationships between students and the community. LOCATION / Chadron, NE PROJECT YEAR / 2015 CLIENT / Chadron State College SIZE / 3,535 sf COST / $6 Million
DEPRESS PLINTH INTO TOPOGRAPHY / COVER WITH SHROUD
PULL APART TO CREATE PUBLIC SCPACE AND CIRCULATION
INSERT PUBLIC AND CIRCULATION SPACE / SUBTRACT TO CREATE ENTRY PORCH
RANGELAND LABORATORY COMPLEX The approach to the Rangeland Complex reveals buildings with a low profile, rising effortlessly from the prairie and alive to the nuance of place. Remotely located to the southeast of campus atop a rolling hill of short-grass prairie, the new educational facility is founded on intrinsic design informants rooted in the pastoral landscape and vernacular of agrarian buildings. Rangeland takes organizational cues from traditional ranching facilities, aligning its structures along two axes to form a natural windbreak and take advantage of seasonal sun and the siteâ€™s natural topography. Recognizing the effect humans and our built environment have on the larger ecosystem, the site utilizes a number of experiential and sustainable methods, including geothermal, solar and wind power, to demonstrate responsible practices for rangeland
management that can be applied to a working ranch.
The use of familiar materials such as rammed earth walls, cedar wood siding, board-formed concrete and the rhythm of the exposed wood structure lend life and cultural context to the facilityâ€™s roots in the ranching and agricultural tradition. Natural light filters across the main circulation corridor through corn-crib siding, terminating in a glass wall offering a view out across the expanding terrain. The westward view from the Live Animals Facility features a covered arbor leading to the southern entrance of the Laboratory. Connecting lab spaces and passageways to the landscape through materiality in this way allows the experience of the building to change nearly as frequently as the surrounding prairie.
PROJECT YEAR /
Chadron, NE 2016 CLIENT /
Chadron State College SIZE /
38,872 sf COST /
$3.6 Million AWARDS /
IIDA Interior Design Excellence Award, Education, 2017 AIA Nebraska Architectural Honor Award, 2017
ST. JOHN PAUL II NEWMAN CENTER The St. John Paul II Newman Center is the culmination of a joint venture between the Omaha Archdiocese and the University of Nebraska– Omaha to create a residence hall and worship center for students. The result is a simple, clearly defined space—a spiritual home in the educational world. Connected yet secluded, the site’s open and multi-functional composition physically mirrors that of a traditional abbey, with residential and worship spaces arranged around a central cloister. The form and materiality respond to this historic and spiritual context by looking inward, enveloping the site and creating moments of intentional quiet and solitude.
Reaching out from the sanctuary and rising above the north entrance is the cross-bearing Sacred Entrance. The 30-foot bell tower turns the call to worship into a true participatory act, engaging the user by removing them from the profane and inviting them into the spiritual. Forty-one apartments housed along the south and west wings overlook the rectory and broad green space below and open out to rooftop terraces along the second floor. A commons area at the north end leads to a high-roofed, stained glass-clad chapel open to residents and non-residents alike.
Omaha, NE PROJECT YEAR /
2016 CLIENT /
Archdiocese of Omaha University of Nebraska–Omaha SIZE /
75,000 sf COST /
1. TYPICAL MONASTERY BUILDING ORGANIZATION
2. NEWMAN CENTER BUILDING ORGANIZATION: PROGRAM RELATIONSHIPS
3. NEWMAN CENTER BUILDING ORGANIZATION: DEFINING THE COURTYARD
4. NEWMAN CENTER BUILDING ORGANIZATION: DEVELOPING THE AXES
J.M. PILE HALL Constructed in 1932 as the primary residence hall for women on the Wayne State College campus, J.M. Pile Hall has enjoyed a certain stature as a student favorite over the past 80 years. After eight decades of continued use, however, the building and infrastructure had suffered, leading to concerns that the residence hall could no longer meet the needs and preferences of new student life. Responding to the voice of the student population, the design provided a fresh balance of suitestyle rooms, private restrooms, and living areas, along with traditional rooms with improved restrooms, recreation, and community spaces. Welcoming students is an open reception area overlooking a spacious sun-lit lounge, replacing the formerly tight and obstructed space. A recreation room, located in the once dungeon-like basement, provides ample lounge, gaming, and community space, furnished with flat-screen televisions, modular furniture, and a full kitchen.
Reviving the beloved residence hall not only served to enhance the quality of life for students on campus but resulted in a modern yet respectful response to the character and charm of the historic building, which students have come to love. Pile Hall is attractive again, leading to growing numbers of upperclassmen applying for residence, and more students living on campus longer. Looking toward the future of campus life, preserving the historic character of Pile Hall is indicative of what has become important to the Wayne State College community
LOCATION / Wayne, NE PROJECT YEAR / 2012 CLIENT / Wayne State College SIZE / 40,000 sf COST / $4.6 Million
Lobby, Original Condition
Lower Level, Original Condition
WILLA S. CATHER DINING CENTER Replacing an outdated and under-utilized existing dining center, the Willa S. Cather Dining Center primarily serves students in adjacent residence halls, but includes program space to support University Housing offices and functions, and has become a primary social space for this area of the downtown UNL campus. The dining facility serves an average of 2,800 meals per day and accommodates 500 students, while the new Housing Office space provides office and support space for 50 staff members. The design of the dining center centers on three main goals: to create an open interactive environment that maximizes the opportunities to make connections, foster friendships, and build community among a body of university students, faculty, and staff; to express the University of Nebraska-Lincolnâ€™s place as a premier, forward-looking institution; and to ensure that the new center provides a multitude of learning environments to support current and future students while also providing welcoming venues on campus for conference visitors.
A large plaza on the southwest portion of the site supports social interaction at a variety of scales, including outdoor group seating, a terraced area providing elevated seating, and smaller spaces for small and informal gatherings. The dining area maintains a strong market-style servery and dining concept, with different dining areas connected by clear visual connections. Dining areas are tiered and located on the perimeter to maximize exterior views. To create a dynamic destination, a central commons was developed to maximize visibility between users and the desired services within the building, resulting in clear circulation paths and clear views from all entries. Flexible event rooms can be partitioned and used either individually or combined into one large central space. The pre-function space allows for open connection between events and the outdoor plaza and creates an opportunity for additional gallery space to be realized.
LOCATION / Lincoln, NE PROJECT YEAR / 2017 CLIENT / University of Nebraskaâ€“Lincoln SIZE / 87,612 sf COST / $22 Million
EASTSIDE & UNIVERSITY SUITES University Suites is the centerpiece of three recently constructed conjoined residence halls located on the southeastern edge of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Connecting Knoll and Eastside Suites, the building serves as the central hub for student interaction with premium lounge and pavilion space. At the core of the building is a glass connector with a reception lobby on the main level and lounge space stacked for four stories above. The core connects the two primary wings of 2- and 4-bedroom suite-style units, small study spaces, a laundry room and student lounges. The south-facing pavilion is extracted from the building, expressed as a space set apart and visible from the street as
a two-story volume. Beneath the broad roof plane is a fireplace nook creating intimate reading and gathering spaces including the uniquely shaped wood-clad room.
University Suites works in concert with its sister, Eastside Suites, to enclose a courtyard open for student use and to allow passage between buildings. The courtyard is activated by landscape features as well as student lounges which protrude from the building facade. A one-and-a-half story pavilion anchors the northeast corner of the complex. The southeast corner, visible from a distance, figuratively reaches out to the community with an all glass corner highlighted by a Husker red wall.
Lincoln, NE PROJECT YEAR /
2014 University of Nebraskaâ€“Lincoln SIZE /
380,000 sf COST /
MASSENGALE RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX This new residence hall for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is situated in the heart of UNL’s East Campus. The 147,000 sf structure contains 376 beds in two wings—one containing traditional two-student units, and one containing four-student suites. The central core space in the traditional wing contains restrooms, medium-sized gathering and seating areas, and individual or small group program spaces. This core results in improved flow and connectivity within the traditional bedroom wing, a variety of social spaces within, and improved thermal performance. A large central courtyard allows for a wide range of outdoor program activities to occur.
The lobby design provides a fluid circulation pattern and more seating and visibility at the corner of the lobby. Visibility from the reception desk to the lobby seating and the front doors is direct and unobstructed. A large front porch allows for easy move in and move out with ramp access. The associated porch walls also offer building signage opportunity. The northwest corner of the building consists almost entirely of curtain wall glazing. This provides absolute transparency at the main entry corner and provides passersby with a high degree of visual access to the activity occurring within the lobby space. By making the entry and main lobby space highly visible, the design seeks to encourage those approaching or walking past the building to join the activities occurring within the building.
LOCATION / Lincoln, NE PROJECT YEAR / 2017 CLIENT / University of Nebraska–Lincoln SIZE / 147,000 sf COST / $27.2 Million
HAWKS POINT & PATH HALL Anchoring Norfolkâ€™s Northeast Community College campus revitalization master plan, the new Hawks Point Dining Center and adjoining Path Residence Hall seek to create a student community center that fosters connection among students, including both campus residents and commuters. Situated on the western edge of campus, Hawks Point acts as a terminus to the pedestrian mall, providing a visual connection to the rest of campus, as well as allowing room for growth. The student center is located between two new residence halls, each designed for 200+ students in large suite-style apartments complete with full kitchens, lounge spaces, and independent and group study areas. The first phase includes the residence hall to the west, Path Hall, and the student dining center. The hall to the east will follow in a future phase.
The naturally sloping site provided an opportunity to create an interior terraced concourse acting as a main connection between the two residence halls. The space also serves as student lounges, a computer lab, and pre-function space for conference rooms. Wrapping the concourse is an undulating â€˜Nest Wall,â€™ which divides the space, acts as the main distribution for the underfloor dicplacement ventilation, provides seating and countertops, and acts as a backdrop for the stage. The site takes advantage of passive solar heating in the winter and provides a large overhang for summer shading. The size, shape, and position of this overhang shield the glass wall from the harsh summer sun while still allowing the warm winter sun to penetrate into the space. Together, these strategies set the bar for future sustainable, multi-purpose, and economical campus improvements to produce high-performing and student-focused projects.
LOCATION / Norfolk, NE PROJECT YEAR / 2016 CLIENT / Northeast Community College SIZE / 63,000 sf Residence 30,000 sf Dining COST / $18.2 Million
HERMAN ATHLETIC STUDENT LIFE COMPLEX BVH Architecture provided architectural services for the renovation of the first floor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s West Stadium into the Athletic Student Life Complex. Completed in 2010, the complex serves nearly 600 student-athletes and demonstrates the university’s commitment to providing academic support and life skills enhancements. The additional space accommodates the growing student-athlete population and provides a study environment and resources for all levels of academics. The 46,000 sf space is comprised of six sections, including the Hewit Academic Center, the Abbott Life Skills Center, the D.J. Sokol Enrich-
ment Center, the Scott Technology Center, the Papik Compliance Center, and the Lewis Training Table. The centers consist of office, meeting, study, and tutoring spaces to support UNL student-athletes. The Lewis Training Table Buffet dining facility was expanded and renovated with improvements made to its kitchen plant and servery areas. The added space gave the facility added flexibility to function as a study hall during non-dining hours. Other improvements included upgrades to the West Stadium main entry finishes, restrooms, and building infrastructure upgrades.
LOCATION / Lincoln, NE PROJECT YEAR / 2010 CLIENT / University of Nebraska–Lincoln SIZE / 46,000 sf COST / $6 Million
LOVE LIBRARY ADDITION The Love Library at the University of Nebraska Lincoln consists of three major components. Love Library South contains offices and stacks, Love North houses the learning commons and on the second floor contains the Archive and Special Collections, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. BVH has been tasked with programming this area to enhance staff connection, function, security and interaction with students and the public. We are able to do this in the existing space by repurposing the underutilized stack space with varied formal and informal collaborative learning spaces, classrooms, and specialty departments. Simultaneously we have combined the archive area into one congruent space enhancing security and efficiency. The third space consists of the link between Love North and Love South. This space serves as a second floor bridge with study spaces that link the North and South Library buildings. The Library sits prominently on campus with a majority of the campus student population passing under the Love Library link daily; unfortunately, the area under the link is a undefined area that is dark and purposeless. Our solution strives to create a pedestrian experience under the link as well as capture space under the link for additional program.
Though itâ€™s a fairly small place, the design for the link renovation provides a lot to the project. Leveraging the high traffic condition, we have provided a plaza extending the design of the link into the surrounding landscape. This solution creates amenities where students can interact, study and relax. Additionally, light wells ,clad in colored glass, puncture the link extending the reach of natural light into the space and visually connect the floors drawing users to areas that were once hidden These shafts also function as zoning components and improving wayfinding and easing building navigation. The combination of all these solutions will transform a once banal transitory space into an iconic destination on campus.
LOCATION / Lincoln, NE PROJECT YEAR / 2019 CLIENT / University of Nebraskaâ€“Lincoln SIZE / 40,000 sf COST / $12.3 Million
THE LIED COMMONS The Lied Commons is an 8,000 sq. ft. addition between the Lied Center and the adjacent Kimball Recital Hall, providing a new, multipurpose hall for receptions and small-scale recitals overlooking the Lied Plaza and Sheldon Art Museum. The performance demands of the new multi-use space were balanced with floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing both a workable recital space as well as an open and welcoming facility. Inside, a display room showcases gifts the Lied Foundation has given throughout the Midwest, while a board room doubles as a meeting area and
accessory space for events in the multipurpose hall. A serving kitchen and restrooms further help to alleviate the busy Lied Center support spaces and provide state-ofthe-art accommodations for events. Additionally, Lied Commons serves as a gateway to the Fine Arts Quadrangle on the main University of Nebraskaâ€“Lincoln campus. The building is designed to act as a bridge between the delicate vocabulary of the plaza and sculpture garden and the massive vernacular of the opposing Lied Center.
LOCATION / Lincoln, NE PROJECT YEAR / 2012 CLIENT / Lied Center for Performing Arts SIZE / 8,000 sf COST / $2.5 Million AWARDS / AIA Nebraska, Peopleâ€™s Choice Award
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