William W. Nuernberger Education Center

Lincoln Public Schools

Lincoln, NE

2016 Completion

$6.6 Million

The Nuernberger Education Center for Lincoln Public Schools is designed to serve as supplemental growth space for middle-school-aged students currently attending the District’s current behavior disorder facility (the Don D. Sherrill Education Center, also designed by BCDM, which was completed in 2013).

The existing 20,000 square-foot Bryan Elementary School was completely gutted, expanded and transformed into a state-of-the-art small school environment.  A long, central spine was designed to connect two distinct programs: the LPS Expelled Student Program and the Success Schools Program.  Entrances for the respective programs are located on either end of the spine along with small classrooms and office spaces. Between these two self-contained educational programs are a variety of shared spaces (i.e. Gymnasium, Cafeteria, etc.) to maximize construction dollars and efficiency, and to also act as a physical buffer between the two student groups.

The entire facility was designed to facilitate changing educational delivery systems, including provisions for open-ended A/V technology throughout. The scale and physical massings of the building were developed to foster a sense of community, hospitality and pride while blending the facility into the residential neighborhood which surrounds the site. The Nuernberger Education Center welcomed its first students for the 2016-2017 school year.