Brace Hall Renovation Opens at University of Nebraska at Lincoln

The renovation turns UNL’s second oldest building into its most advanced instructional facility

Just in time for fall semester, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln opened a renovated Brace Hall on August 25, 2014.

The $8 million renovation converted UNL’s second oldest building into a state-of-the-art teaching facility focused on collaborative learning. The new Brace Hall features three life-science laboratories and support space; a 186-seat auditorium; four collaborative “active learning” classrooms; a Technology Transforming Teaching (T3) classroom where instructors can use and evaluate cutting-edge teaching technologies; and support facilities and office space for IT services.

The renovated facility eases a major shortage in UNL’s lab offerings, while implementing the latest pedagogical methods proven effective for student learning, and helping meet the expected 20 percent enrollment increase at UNL by 2017.

“What is significant about this space is that the entire building is dedicated to supporting undergraduate teaching and learning,” said Lance C Perez, associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNL. “This project has made Brace, in many ways, UNL’s most advanced instructional facility.”

“This project was a great opportunity to restore a historic building, giving it new life as a modern, energy-efficient facility.  This will help the University compete and grow,” said Christopher Johnson, managing principal at LEO A DALY.

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