Exterior Shot of the UNK Discovery Hall
UNK Discovery Hall workshop
UNK Discovery Hall classroom
UNK Discovery Hall hallways

Discovery Hall

Kearney, Nebraska

80,000 GSF

The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Discovery Hall building combines current programs located across campus into the first STEM building to serve rural Nebraska. It features state-of-the-art labs for virtual design/construction simulation, mechanical products and mechatronics, virtual reality space, hydraulics/pneumatics, computer sciences and technical server room, applied sciences, physics, engineering and research, in addition to a full-motion simulator and ITEC Testing Center.


  • The UNK Discovery Hall is designed according to LEED Silver specifications.
  • Exploration of renewable energy sources.
  • Energy modeling to aid in system selection and overall code compliance.
  • Acoustic consulting, including architectural room acoustics, space modeling, building material recommendations, mechanical noise and vibration control, and sound isolation.
  • Audiovisual system including video presentation, audio reinforcement, presentation methods, and source selection control system.
  • Telecommunications systems, including building service entrance, telecommunication room termination equipment, backbone cable between telecommunications rooms, horizontal cable to work area outlets, wireless access points, and video surveillance cameras.
  • Electronic access control system including device locations, headend equipment, and door hardware coordination.
  • Electronic video surveillance system including cameras and headend equipment.

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Photography credit: Alan Jackson with Jackson Studios

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