University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Nebraska Innovation Campus

“The Board of Regents and Steering Committee were all very impressed by SmithGroupJJR’s project management, integration of sustainability . . . and creative design standards and site design guidelines.”

—Harvey Perlman, Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


The Nebraska Innovation Campus was conceived by SmithGroupJJR with the State of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a team of local and national experts. The innovative plan transforms the former State Fairgrounds into a sustainable, high-tech campus leveraging jobs and industry-leading research in the areas of food, fuel and water consumption.

While taking full advantage of campus growth opportunities, development is compact and green. It occupies only 30 percent of the site, and is sensitively integrated with the Salt Creek floodplain. A number of sustainable innovations are advanced, including the use of effluent from a nearby wastewater treatment plant for heating and cooling.

Yet the concept is ambitious and high in value. About 2 million square feet of development is envisaged, with university and private research locations directly adjacent to retail, housing and other mixed uses. Its compact transportation design, progressive approaches to resource use and stormwater management, and dedication to net zero and carbon neutral design approaches make it a forward-looking model for 21st-centruy research campus development.

Related Content

Food, Fuel and Water: The NIC Campus
Presentation from 2011 IASP World Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Food, Fuel and Water: The NIC Campus 2
Paper from 2011 International Association of Science Parks World Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
Icon-pdf SmithGroupJJR_IASP_02 18 2011.pdf

Nebraska Innovation Campus Website