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About Us: Buildings and Facilities

One College, Three Campuses


Nebraska Engineering has a unique campus system that benefits our students and faculty. We're one college in two cities (Lincoln and Omaha) on three campuses. Depending on your major, you'll spend most or all of your time on the City Campus in Lincoln, the East Campus in Lincoln, or on the Omaha Campus.


Lincoln (City Campus)
Donald F. Othmer Hall

Othmer Hall (OTHM), 17th and Vine streets, houses the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Engineering Communications, Business and Finance, and the Dean's Office suite (including associate deans, student programs/services, and research).

The four-story brick and limestone building, which opened in 2002, features the latest in research laboratory design, including a bio-process manufacturing facility; a state-of-the-art computer control system for laboratories; and next-generation distance education technology.

Funding for the $24 million building came from the estate of Mildred Topp Othmer, '28, who died in 1998. She was the widow of Donald F. Othmer, '24, a noted chemical engineer and professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York in Brooklyn. Donald graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and earned a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan. He accumulated 150 patents throughout his career. In 1947, he and Raymond Kirk, a Polytechnic colleague, published the 27-volume Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, which is used in universities, research facilities and companies for chemical processes.



Scott Engineering Center (SEC)
Scott Engineering Center (SEC) was dedicated in 1972. The building houses laboratories, research centers and the engineering shop. A link/walkway between SEC and Nebraska Hall was later created and the building houses the Electrical Engineering Department.




Nebraska Hall (NH)
Nebraska Hall was originally known as the Elgin Watch Factory. This massive building has been renovated several times and features more than 320,000 square feet of gross space.

Nebraska Hall houses the departments of Construction Management, Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, and the Engineering Library. It is physically linked with Scott Engineering Center and provides both laboratory, classroom, and office space for the College of Engineering.

The third floor of Nebraska Hall also houses the University Communications Publications department and the N Store.



The Schorr Center

Located under the stadium's south wing, the June and Paul Schorr III Center for Computer Science and Engineering was completed in late 2007. The facility provides 18,434 square feet to consolidate areas of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering currently located in two other areas on campus and a leased space off campus. The Schorrs are both alumni of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The UNL Research Computing Facility, which provides campus-wide services to researchers who need high performance computer resources, and PrairieFire, a powerful supercomputer, also relocated to the center. PrairieFire is used by scientists and engineers to study subjects such as nanoscale chemistry, subatomic physics, meteorology, genomics, crash-worthiness and artificial intelligence. It is also used by students for several courses each year.



Avery Hall

Avery Hall houses portions of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, along with the Mathematics Department, the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, and a branch of the Statistics Department.

The hall, which was renovated in 2004, contains classrooms and faculty and graduate student offices, and includes wireless computer networking, gathering spaces, and multimedia configurations.

The building was originally built in 1916 to replace the first Chemistry Building as part of Coolidge and Hodgdon's comprehensive building plan for the university.

 


 
Lincoln (East Campus)
Chase Hall

Formerly the Agricultural Engineering Hall, L.W. Chase Hall was rededicated in 1982. The building features three floors with approximately 5,300 square feet of floor space divided into five classrooms, 12 laboratories, and offices.

The basement includes a state-of-the-art Biomedical Imaging and Biosignal Analysis Laboratory. Additional labs include Engineering Properties & Processing, Environmental Engineering & Bioremediation, Environmental Instrumentation & Computing, Soil & Water Properties, and several other spaces for Biological Systems Engineering.




Omaha Campus

The Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI)
The 192,000 square foot Peter Kiewit Institute, located off 72nd and Pacific streets in Omaha, is home to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering and the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology.  It is one of the most innovative engineering and information technology facilities in the nation.


The building includes The Charles Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction and is a living-learning laboratory. Through the hallways, informational markers encourage students to monitor, investigate and interact with their surroundings and understand the broad concepts and intricate details of the facility's structure and systems.  Specialized labs allow students to learn about lighting, heating and cooling, computer-aided manufacturing, imaging and animation, robotics and other fields of study.

Academic programs offered in Omaha by the UNL College of Engineering include Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer & Electronics Engineering, Construction Engineering, and Construction Management.