Millard North High School Main Entry/Office Addition and Renovation

Millard Public Schools

Omaha, NE

Temporary Counselor Offices –
March 12, 2015 Completion
Phase 1 – May 7, 2015 Completion
Phase 2 – July 30, 2015 Completion
Phase 3 – August 5, 2016 Completion
Phase 4 – November 30, 2016 Completion

$9.9 Million

Millard North High School stands as one of the most populated high schools in Nebraska with some 2,500 students.  Due to the nature of this large, two story school, the heart of the campus has been troubled with circulation issues.  Tight corridors, unconnected areas of the building, and two adjacent main entrances have caused confusion and security concerns for years.

BCDM’s design solution involved transforming the entrance of the building into a dynamic form that seamlessly connects the two stories of the building, while providing new administrative offices, and a new 212-seat testing center.  The new entrance utilizes tall glass panels that bring natural light into the commons space while connecting the two floors of the school with a double-height volume.  

It was imperative that the school retain full operational use of the building during the time of construction.  BCDM creatively enacted a 5 phase solution that allowed for the removal and replacement of the existing entrance over a two-year period, ensuring that academics were not impacted. 

The design provided a new connection between both wings of the school and a 3-way dividable testing lab serving up to 212 AP testers.  This new lab provides the district with a unique space designed to ease testing with attention to lighting leveling contrast and acoustics.  This project has transformed Millard North High School and created a new, welcoming identity.