Designed by Gensler, Mammel Hall – University of Nebraska is located in Nebraska in Omaha, United States. Gensler’s goals for the project included giving a larger, more modern space to the CBA, which had been located in a building where the largest public space was the stairwell. However, the design and programming also needed to speak to something more visionary – the idea of engagement. The architects needed to engage students and create a sense of community inside this remotely-sited campus building to keep students stimulated and focused inside its three storeys and 120,000 sq ft. Engaging the community was also important, acknowledging the building’s site at the very edge of ‘town and gown’, and establishing the building as a gateway between the two.
The architects were also required to engage a larger set of users – notably future students and benefactors – past, present and future. A clear departure from the dark, tight spaces in the old College of Business Administration, Mammel Hall’s atrium gives students an open, light-filled ‘neighbourhood’ – and a segue to cafes and coffee houses in the mixed-use development beyond the building’s doors.