Client Westside Community Schools

Westside High School

Omaha, Nebraska

The design of the Westside High School incorporates the use of a content-based curriculum, where collaborative projects test multidisciplinary thinking. A tri-level instructional material center is a gathering space, as well as the main organizing element of the school. From this nucleus, classroom wings extend, including areas used for senior projects, student enterprise, and other functions.

Extending east to meet a student drop off/parking area, the school entry/commons addition provides an identifiable entrance. The commons area merges into a cafeteria that accommodates over 400 students. A curved glass wall the length of the cafeteria affords extensive outdoor views and ample natural light. Upper-level art classrooms oversee the cafeteria with access to an outdoor drawing platform. The project uses environmentally-friendly materials, an HVAC system using geothermal water source heat pumps, window/natural ventilation strategies, and occupancy sensors to control lighting costs.

At a glance

80,000 SF Addition

300,000 SF Renovation




Honor Award
American Institute of Architects, Nebraska Chapter

J.M. Harding Award of Excellence
Omaha Public Power District

Sustainable Design

Entryway Redesign

Outdoor Drawing Platform


Master Planning

Architectural Design

Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structural

Contract Documents

Construction Administration

"This facility was to become a spaceship for the future . . . a catalyst for our young people to learn in a new and exciting way. We needed a partner that could bring all of this together - bring our community, staff, board, and our administration together - theĀ LEO A DALY Company was that partner. We've had a long history of working with LEO A DALY. Their style, reputation, quality of service was very, very important to us and made this project a reality for us."

Over 2,000

students attend Westside High School.


In 2004, Westside High School was the first public school in Nebraska to issue computers to each of its students.


of graduates in 2014 went on to college.