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

Newman Centers are Catholic ministry centers at non-Catholic universities that provide residential living spaces, pastoral services, and opportunities for social gatherings. The John Paul II Newman Center is a joint venture with area colleges and universities that provides on-campus housing for more than 160 students in a 4-story building accompanied by a rectory, chapel, student commons, outdoor courtyard, and prayer garden.


  • 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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Photography credit: Kessler Photography and Philip Daubman Photography

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