NATIONAL AWARD OF MERIT
(INTERIOR + ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL)
Designer: Steve Gollehon (Morrissey Engineering), Toby Samuelson (Morrissey Engineering), Kali Eklund (Wilkins ADP), Joanell Staab (Wilkins ADP)
Photographer: Tom Kessler
The Central Community College Kearney Center is a response to the needs of surrounding communities for an increase in technical education programs to meet the needs of a growing community. The center includes technical labs for advanced manufacturing and construction, science labs for nursing, and versatile classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The building reaffirms the College’s commitment to environmental stewardship with sustainability and technology integration driving design. The entry lobby – nicknamed the Hub – is designed with a wood ceiling that soars across the two-story volume. No devices other than sprinklers are located in the ceiling to preserve the monolithic gesture, with abundant daylight filling the space and concealed cove lighting illuminating the ceiling at night.