Students at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Pacific campus have the opportunity to live, worship and play together in the new St. John Paul II Newman Center. From the start of the student housing design phase, BVH Architecture, Omaha, wanted to use metal wall panels that would inspire the students to live the journey for which they were called in a building that enlightened their college experience. Dri-Design's VMZINC Series panels were chosen for their appearance, scale and durability. The center has 49 apartment-style units for 164 students with a chapel, courtyard, prayer garden, gathering space, library and rectory, as well as an adjacent Oratory.
"We desired an economical, durable yet refined material to clad the large student housing exterior," says Dennis Coudriet , principal with BVH Architecture. "The immense size of the area to be clad in metal required BVH to search for a material that could reduce the scale through texture and pattern."