Dinsdale Family Learning Commons Wins Nebraska’s Most Prestigious Architectural Design Award | Nebraska today
The Nebraska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented DLR Group his highest design honor for the Dinsdale Family Learning Commons at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
DLR Group received the 2021 AIA Nebraska Excellence in Design Architecture Honor Award for design. This is the highest honor bestowed by the architectural community in the state and aims to recognize “the commitment of the client / stakeholders, design team and construction partners to the vision, success and the execution of a project “.
The extensive $ 22.5 million renovation revitalized and completely changed the landscape of the university’s east campus.
“The designers rigorously studied the existing architecture, amplified its strengths, corrected its shortcomings, then intervened strategically with a light but powerful touch to bring natural light to the basement and create visual connections between interior spaces. The exterior and interior interventions transform the building into a celebration of learning for those who are there and those around it, ”commented the jury of four professionals working for prestigious architectural firms across the States. United.
“We are delighted that the DLR Group received this award for their design work from the Dinsdale Family Learning Commons, ”said Claire Stewart, Dean of University Libraries. “The whole team of libraries, facilities, construction companies and DLR, deserve this recognition.
The 48,000-square-foot building has seen a sharp increase in use, welcoming more than 40,000 visitors since it opened in January 2021. Offering breathtaking views of campus, the design draws inspiration from both nature and the agriculture-focused campus incorporating rich natural tones throughout.
The Dinsdale Family Learning Commons design team included DLR Group, Nebraska Foundation, Gale Warren, University of Nebraska Interior Designer Joe Goodwater, Project Leader, Former Library Dean Nancy Busch, Deb Pearson, Former Facilities Planning Officer libraries, as well as the current library administration, faculty, and staff.
The University Libraries space offers students a wide range of spaces to study, including quiet and active spaces, six group study spaces, a Dunkin Donuts, HuskerTech services, East Campus Exam Commons, and a collection of books containing over 30,000 articles. The Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program occupies two-thirds of the second floor, with five classrooms, a makerspace and other facilities.