NL’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction has new classroom and learning support spaces, thanks to donations from Jim D. and Faye D. Rasmussen and the Kiewit Infrastructure Group.
In Nebraska Hall, the new large classroom has seating for 36, plus a ceiling-mounted document camera and audio-visual equipment with video outputs on two screens. Another classroom has table seating for 20 and A/V equipment for distance learning. A study area has five tables and individual computer display monitors at each table, plus two whiteboard partitions. A meeting room has table seating for eight, with perimeter seating for eight more.
During planning, Associate Professor Paul Harmon, program coordinator for Construction Management with DSAEC, reached out to Doug Glaser, a former student who’s now an executive with Kiewit’s Infrastructure Group. Glaser involved a colleague, Chris Loeffler, also a CM alumnus. Glaser and Loeffler then requested the Kiewit Foundation to support this Durham School renovation.
The University of Nebraska Foundation engaged a civil engineering alumnus, Jim Rasmussen, to fulfill the renovation project goals. Rasmussen and his wife, Faye (a Kearney native who learned nursing in Nebraska) also funded a Durham School Student Activities and Leadership Development Fund, endowed for construction management and construction engineering, and the Rasmussen Durham School Fund for Excellence (unrestricted, endowed for construction management and construction engineering). The couple’s giving also includes the Rasmussen Nursing Education Fellowship Fund.