Jorgensen Hall Department of Physics and Astronomy // Voelte-Keegan NanoScience Research Center

Lincoln, Nebraska / United States of America

In an effort to replace outdated campus buildings and provide new and modern academic science space including classrooms, lecture halls, teaching labs, research labs and instrument shops, as well as offices for faculty, researchers, staff, graduate students and administrators, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln commissioned the design and construction of two new facilities.

The new Jorgensen Hall contains facilities for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, while the adjacent Voelte-Keegan Center houses Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication functions. The adjoined buildings feature similar brick, glass and precast facades and were constructed in two phases on a site near the heart of the campus.

The four-story Jorgensen Hall features teaching/research labs on the east perimeter and offices/classrooms on the west. A multi-story atrium, located between these zones, is infused with daylight entering from clerestory windows located at the fourth floor. A variety of gathering spaces are situated along the length of the atrium to encourage social interaction, collaboration and informal learning.

The Voelte-Keegan Center provides flexible laboratory space for nanoscience research in numerous disciplines. A non-certified clean room with potential future ISO clean classification is provided for research requiring a low, controlled-particulate environment.

Both buildings are designed to achieve LEED Silver ratings.

Architect of record

Jerry Johnson
Perkins + Will
330 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Phone: 312-755-0770

Associate architect

Steve Clymer
Bahr Vermeer Haecker (BVH)
440 North 8th Street, Suite 400
Lincoln, NE 68508, United States
Phone: 402-475-4551

General contractor

Justin Sanford
Sampson Construction Co., Inc.
3730 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68502, United States
Phone: 402-434-5450

Consultant 1

Don Day
Olsson Associates
111 Lincoln Mall
Lincoln, NE 68508, United States
Phone: 402-458-5644

Consultant 2

Rick Voss
Voss & Associates
Lincoln, NE 68508, United States
Phone: 402.476.6365

Consultant 3

Dave Inghram
KJWW Engineering
2882 106th Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50322, United States
Phone: 515-334-4325

Consultant 4

Victor Steffen
Syska Hennessey Group
425 California Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104, United States
Phone: 415.288.9070

Consultant 5

Jack Evans
1705 West Koenig Lane
Austin, TX 78756, United States
Phone: 512.371.0800

Consultant 6

Dennis Sieh
Building Cost Consultants
PO Box 278
Plattsmouth, NE 68048, United States
Phone: 402.298.8260


Charles Smith, AIA
Charles Davis Smith Photography
20 Summit Place
Cedar Hill, TX 75104, United States
Phone: 214-587-8906

Photographer 2

James Steinkamp
Steinkamp Photography
923 Oakwood Terrace
Hinsdale, IL 60521, United States
Phone: 312-735-5333