UNK - Bruner Hall Addition & Renovation

UNK - Bruner Hall Addition & Renovation

The Clark Enersen Partners worked with the University of Nebraska at Kearney on the design of an addition and renovation to the Bruner Hall of Science. The project involved the partial renovation of the existing Bruner Hall, the razing of Mary Morse Lecture Hall, and the construction of a 17,800-square-foot new addition to fulfill remaining programmatic area deficiencies. The new addition was sited in the same location as the demolished Mary Morse Lecture Hall.

The budget established for the project allowed for the renovation of approximately 47,000 square feet of the total 84,900 square feet that comprise Bruner Hall. The primary areas of this renovation included an upgrade and enhancement of teaching laboratories, research laboratories, and support spaces within the existing building. The majority of this renovation occurred on the first, second and fourth floors of Bruner Hall. The renovation process included the installation of new HVAC systems, new plumbing systems, and new pure water piping, designed to be installed as part of a phased renovation.

The animal facilities were centralized and relocated into the renovated partial basement of Bruner Hall. Additional programmatic laboratory and support space needs were created in the existing building through relocation of existing classroom spaces and the Health Sciences program into the new addition. The primary spaces within the new addition consist of a public lobby, a planetarium, the Health Sciences program area, five classrooms and the herbarium and storage area.  A new 100% outside air air handling unit was installed to provide code-required ventilation and temperature control to the new vivarium spaces.

This project also included a 31-foot by 14-foot brick mural that was installed on the west side of the building.  The art deco-style piece is made up of four quadrants with each of the sciences — physics, chemistry, biology and health — represented.