The vision to offer a Catholic Newman Center in at the University of Nebraska Omaha is attributed to our wonderful clients Fr. Joe Taphorn and Fr. Paul Hoesing who asked us to come alongside them to find the right parcel of land to develop their vision.
The Archdiocese of Omaha dreamed that one day the college students they serve would have a place to call their own—a home where community is encouraged and spiritual formation nurtured. The dream became reality when the Saint John Paul II Newman Center was finished. Well-appointed with communal and study spaces, the Newman Center is home to 164 students that live in apartment-style suites with access to a 300 seat chapel for worship all arranged around a courtyard.
Recently the design for the SJPII Newman Center was awarded a Tucker Design Award by the Natural Stone Institute. This program, recognized as one of the most prestigious architectural design awards in the country, honors those who have achieved excellence in design through the incorporation and use of natural stone in building or landscape projects. The jury comments capture the attitude of the project:
“Quite warm. Connection between stone and wood is nicely done. Total jewel. Felt an attempt to reinterpret more traditional ways stone is used in a religious building. Interior is gorgeous. This project has found a modern style that is clearly faith-based. The building is carefully and minimally designed, with several high-quality materials. This is demonstrated most in the stonework which is precisely detailed and installed; quietly and powerfully exhibiting the balance between tradition and contemporary languages.”
BVH is proud to be part of this project. We could not have done it without our consultants: TD2 and Alvine Engineering, and Boyd Jones Construction, who tirelessly worked to deliver the project. Lastly, but most importantly, we want to thank the Archdiocese of Omaha, specifically Fr. Taphorn, Fr. Hoesing, and Jim Stolze for their vision, steadfastness, and desire to build right so it is right for a long time—truly stewarding the resources of the project.