Client Nebraska Medicine

Biocontainment Patient Care Unit

Omaha, Nebraska

The Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit (BPCU) is a 10-bed, 4,100-SF facility in the university tower. When originally constructed the unit was the first-of-its-kind and remains the largest in the US for public patients. The facility is designed to be environmentally self-contained for the treatment of patients having contracted any one of a variety of highly-contagious diseases.

At a glance

5 Patient Rooms

Environmental Control System - 15 Air Changes per Hour

Changing Booths, Pass-thru Lockers


Decontamination, Pass-through Shower

Central Work Station

Video phones and windows for patient comfort


Secure entrance and exit

Unidirectional path of air, staff, equipment

Dedicated air-handling system that filters incoming and outgoing air using HEPA and UV light, with patient rooms kept at negative pressure

Specially treated surfaces withstand repeated disinfecting solutions

Air-tight welded and treated seams and drop-down ceilings to protect adjacent non-containment areas


Architectural Design

Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, and Structural

Interior Design


biocontainment patient care units in the US


This Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit is the largest of its kind.


Number of biocontainment patient rooms in the United States