St. John Paul II Newman Center

Omaha, Nebraska

Living Commons: 64,000 GSF, Student Common: 7,800 GSF, Chapel: 4,200 GSF, Rectory: 1,800 GSF

Alvine Engineering provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and architectural lighting design services. The St. John Paul II Newman Center is a Catholic residence and ministry center for University of Nebraska at Omaha students, consisting of multi-bedroom suites, fellowship areas, prayer gardens, a rectory, and a worship sanctuary. The 4-story on-campus building will accommodate more than 160 students. The architectural lighting design created an atmosphere that fosters students’ faith formation and upholds the legacies of both Pope St. John Paul II and Cardinal John Henry Newman. Contemporary LED luminaires paired with programmable lighting controls provide a minimalist and cost-effective lighting system focused on engaging the architecture while providing a spiritual respite for students.


  • The primary HVAC system serving the residence hall, commons, and oratory is a water-source heat pump loop. Outside ventilation air is provided by multiple energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) to meet indoor air quality requirements.
  • Domestic hot water is heated by two equally-sized high-efficiency (minimum 94 percent) gas-fired sealed combustion water heaters.
  • The building includes a full fire suppression system.
  • The facility was provided with a complete voice/data and communications structured wiring system, including telecommunications spaces and pathways, equipment racks, telecommunications cables, termination hardware, cable management hardware, and telecommunications jacks.
  • The commons area and chapel were provided with complete sound reinforcement and video systems including the design of all necessary equipment, cabling, equipment racks, control systems, and programming.
  • Controlled access and door monitoring was provided at all exterior doors. An IP-based video management system was deployed to support electronic video surveillance at the facility. An intrusion detection system was provided with a digital alarm communicator (DAC) that monitors and transmits various security and building system alarms to an off-site central station.
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