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Mammel Hall: The New Kid on the Block

by Charles Reed

It all began with a vote by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on March 7, 2008 to approve the building of a 120,000 sq. ft. home for the College of Business Administration just south of the Peter Kiewit Institute on UNO’s Pacific Street Campus.

By the start of the fall semester in 2010, Mammel Hall was a reality; joining buildings such as the Eppley Administration Building, Sapp Fieldhouse, and Weber Fine Arts Building as the newest building in the 70-plus-year history of UNO’s location in between Dodge Street and Center Street.

For over 30 years, the College of Business Administration had been located inside of Roskens Hall, built in 1975 and named after former UNO chancellor and NU president, Ronald Roskens.

Design for Mammel Hall

During its time in Roskens Hall, UNO’s College of Business Administration has been recognized nationally with mentions in U.S. News and World Report and by the Educational Testing Service. However, the building of Mammel Hall provided a much-needed upgrade for the college.

Ground broke on the new college building in June of 2008 and coincided with the beginnings of UNO’s centennial celebration; having been founded in 1908.

With an estimated cost of $38.5 million to get everything the university wanted, two large donations made the construction possible:

The first was the Scott Family Foundation, in the name of Bill and Ruth Scott, who had been vital to the construction of the new CPACS building on UNO’s Dodge Campus.

The second donation was from theMammel Foundation, in the name of Carl and Joyce Mammel, who have also supported students and faculty through grants and scholarships totaling $750,000.

However, while the size of their donation was never officially given, it was the largest single philanthropic gift to benefit UNO in the campus’ 100-year history according to a press release from 2008.

The design for the building is a large, curved L shape at 120,000 sq. ft. and features a large, open atrium, interactive touch screen-video displays, a two-story, 196-seat auditorium and glass-walled classrooms.

In addition the building has a small café with food provided from Wohlner’s Market in the Aksarben Village, a large stock-and-news ticker, a lounge area, laboratories for investment science and breakout rooms that students can use for collaborative projects.

The construction of Mammel Hall only took two years and was open for students at the start of the fall 2010 semester in August with its official dedication in October.

What is most impressive about the campus’ newest addition is that it is certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design group (LEED) – the first of its kind on campus and the first in the University of Nebraska system to achieve a “Gold” rating.

To qualify for such a distinction, Mammel Hall needed to reach 60-79 points on LEED’s 100-point system which gives points based on environmental sustainability, water efficiency, energy renewal, recycled materials used, environmental quality indoors, design innovation, and regional priority.

Specifically, Mammel Hall has certain rooms that regulate temperature for energy optimization, areas that maximize the potential for open space and use of daylight rather than artificial light, landscaping that reduces water use for maintenance, ceiling tiles made from recycled content and overall water reduction by up to 50 percent in some classrooms just to name a few of its features.

Whether it’s classes offered, or the building itself, Mammel Hall is a top-tier addition to the family of UNO buildings and if it has half of the longevity of some other buildings, we will be seeing this building at the campus’ centennial in 2038 and even at the start of a new century.



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