Cultural & Civic, The Arts
The Lied Commons project entailed adding 8,000 sq. ft. between the Lied Center and the adjacent Kimball Recital Hall, as well as extending existing utility services and incorporating life safety features into the new structure. The result was a new, multipurpose hall for receptions and small-scale recitals overlooking the Lied Plaza and Sheldon Museum.
The performance demands of the new multi-use space were balanced with floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing both a workable recital space as well as an open and welcoming facility. Inside, a display room showcases gifts the Lied Foundation has given throughout the Midwest, while a board room doubles as a meeting area and accessory space for events in the multipurpose hall. A serving kitchen and restrooms further help to alleviate the busy Lied Center support spaces and provide state-of-the-art accommodations for events.
Additionally, Lied Commons serves as a gateway to the Fine Arts Quadrangle on the main University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus. The building is designed to act as a bridge between the delicate vocabulary of the plaza and sculpture garden and the massive vernacular of the opposing Lied Center.