NCTA - Education Center & Veterinary Tech Expansion

NCTA - Education Center & Veterinary Tech Expansion

The New Education Center is a single story building totaling 26,440 GSF.  The Education Center contains the Horticulture Department offices and associated support spaces.  Additionally, the Education Center houses teaching laboratories, supporting the horticulture and agronomy programs, general classrooms, and a large lecture hall.  The Education Center also consolidated Information Technology Services, currently dispersed on Campus.

The Veterinary Tech Expansion involved the complete renovation of 3,670 square feet in the Animal Holding addition constructed in 1979.  In addition, the project razed the east wing of the existing Dairy Barn and then renovated the remaining 2,250 GSF.  An addition to the east of 7,480 GSF fulfills the program requirements and a new circulation corridor consolidates and unites the Animal Holding Building, Dairy Barn, and the existing Vet Hospital into a single facility.  The Veterinary Tech Expansion improves and expands the Campus’ previous Animal Holding facilities.  The new facility contains spaces for the housing and care of the Campus’ existing animal populations, while creating contemporary Necropsy and Sterilization Facilities.  The historic Dairy Barn houses a Simulated Veterinary Clinic and associated support spaces.

The combination of the two facilities produces 33,920 new gross square feet and renovates 5,920 gross square feet in the current Veterinary Tech complex. The total scope of work between the two facilities produces 39,840 square feet of new and renovated space.

Building envelope, HVAC, service water heating, power, and lighting systems components were selected to meet or exceed the minimum requirements set forth in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 to achieve the project goal of designing a “LEED certifiable” building in conformance with the sustainability design policy and narrative for UNL.  Although certification will not be pursued, meeting or exceeding the levels of energy-efficiency will ensure that energy consumption is minimized and commensurate with other buildings pursuing LEED certification.